Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pandan Kaya Cake

This has been once of those cakes that I've been wanting to bake but hesistant to do so.. especially since I've heard of failures from friends around me when attempting it. However, since dad's birthday was approaching, I decided to give it a try to shy away from the usual chocolate cakes I'd bake. This is my second trial as I did the first one with merely half recipe.

This recipe is from Richard Goh but I took reference from Fong's Kitchen who modified RG's recipe to churn out this cake. This cake is on the less-sweet scale due to the reduced sugar. It was pretty well liked by those who tried. I even had 2 slices when I first baked it! 

This cake is one of the SIMPLEST layered cake I've ever baked as it's pretty much effortless after the sponge cake has been baked as compared to the usual layered cakes I bake. Nevertheless, this cake should take about 2 hours to prepare and this recipe yields a 9" round cake.

Pandan Kaya Cake Recipe

4 eggs (I used 60g Seng Choon Eggs)
100g plain flour
90g fine sugar
80g butter, melted
1/2 tsp pandan paste
20g pandan juice 

50g butter (salted)
120g fine sugar
70g Hoen Kwe flour
2 tsp agar agar powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pandan paste
250g fresh coconut milk
150g water

30ml whipping cream
3 tbsp dried dessicated coconut
A small bit of pink gel food colouring (I used Wilton)


Preheat oven to 160 degree Celsius. Melt the butter on a double boiler or in a microwave oven in 10 second intervals. Add the pandan paste and pandan juice.

Mix well! (:

Sieve the plain flour.
Whisk the eggs and sugar together till stiff peaks form. 
After which, fold in the flour and melted butter solution. 
This video will help! 

Bake the cake for 20 - 25  minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the cake.
Allow cake to cool in a covered cake caddy to prevent drying out. 


The Hoen Kwe flour I used.. can be found in Cold Storage and NTUC in the baking section. I used white agar agar powder. 

Mix contents of Pandan Kaya (B) together.

Well mixed.

Place ingredients for Pandan Kaya (A) in a pot. Heat up till mixture boils.


Pour in contents of (B).

Stir well till mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.

Slice of the top part of the cake that's usually brown as it's usually dry after the cake cools. 

Have your cake ring ready. As my cake ring is an expandable cake ring, it has small gaps at the bottom of the ring that might allow the kaya to seep out. Hence, I placed a layer of aluminium foil at the bottom of the cake ring. If you're using a fixed size cake ring, you should have no issues (:

Slice the cake into 3 layers. Place layer 1 into the cake ring. I left a small gap at the sides of the cake to allow a "wall" to form so that the desiccated coconut can stick to the sides later on.

Scoop 1/3 of the pandan kaya into the cake ring. Smooth out with a spatula if required. Repeat layers twice.

Smooth our the final layer and allow cake to cool for about 15 minutes in room temperature before placing it in the chiller to set completely. It'll take between 30 - 60 minutes to set thoroughly. 

When cake has set, whip up the whipping cream for decoration till stiff peaks form.

Separate 1/2 of whipped cream into another bowl and add a small bit of pink gel food colouring. Fold in colour. Return to whisk for a few seconds to firm up the whipping cream.

Two bowls! 

Set aside the desiccated coconut in a deep plate/tray. 

My completed and set cake!

Using the back of a small knife, free the sides of the cake from the cake ring.
Apply/Coat the sides of the cake with the desiccated coconut using the plate/tray as a catchment. 

Pipe designs that you like onto the cake! (: Mine was kinda old-school! 

Enjoy the cake as much as I did! (: This is sure a huge hit with those who don't like chocolate or those who want something less like the conventional cake! (:

I'd love to see the bakes or stuff you've cooked using the blog's recipe! Do share photos of stuff you've baked or cooked using the blog's recipe with me either via FB message to OR OR via email at! I look forward to hearing from you! (: 


  1. Hey Cynthia! This is a really unique concepts of cake. I haven't tasted Pandan in a cake so this is really breathe of fresh air!

    Haley McAdams
    Online Food Safety Certification

    1. Hey Haley! Thank you! ((: This is pretty popular in Asia! Do you get pandan leaves easily where you are now? How do you usually use these leaves then? (:

  2. Hi Cynthia! Where can I get the pandan paste? Would like to try out this recipe! :)

    1. Hi Jolyn,

      I got the pandan paste from Sheng Shiong.. However, NTUC/Phoon Huat etc sells it too, though it may be a different brand (:


  3. hey Cynthia. im in the states and i cant find hoen kwe flour. can i find a replacement? thank you :)

    1. Hi Estee,

      It's relatively similar to green bean flour.. or mung bean flour.. Maybe you can try souring for these in the more asian markets/supermarkets. Alternatively, try online stores.

      If all else fails, drop me an email ok? I'll gladly mail you some by snail mail! (:


  4. Hello,

    nice cake! Planning to do it for my dad's birthday next month.

    I didn't see the cake board in your pictures during the pouring of kaya to the cake layers.
    Did you tranferred the cake to the cake board after it sets?
    If so, is it difficult to do it?

    1. Hello Cyn! (same name! HAHA!)

      The cake board was present (: But as I used those re-usuable metal cake boards, it didn't really show in the picture (:
      You can opt to use baking paper to line to base in alternative to the aluminium foil.. it's somewhat easier to pull out (: I've not tried removing the entire cake after it's set though as it is quite fragile in my opinion (:


  5. Hi,

    I try baking yest but the kaya is bitter, y is this so?

    1. Hello!

      Did you follow the recipe closely in terms of pandan juice?

  6. Hi Cynthia, Check with you, for the coconut milk can we use the packet coconut milk instead? Many thanks

    1. Hello,

      Yes you may though I personally prefer fresh ones.

  7. Hi Cynthia,
    Can you teach me how to make the pandan juice?

    1. hello,

      please click on the words pandan juice in the list of ingredients. It will bring you to the related post for making of pandan juice.

  8. Hi Cynthia,

    Can share how to make the pandan juice? Can buy ready ones?

  9. Hi Cynthia,

    Can you please share how to make the pandan juice? Can we buy the ready ones outside?

    1. hello,

      please click on the words pandan juice in the list of ingredients. It will bring you to the related post for making of pandan juice.

  10. Hi Cynthia,

    May I know the cake pan size for the sponge cake and alao when doing the layering? Thanks.

    1. hello, as indicated in the recipe, it's a 9" cake (:
      when layering, adjust the cake ring to leave a small gap at the side..


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