Steamed Cream Cracker Cake

I had this sudden craving for steamed cream cracker cake but it is not sold anywhere. In fact, I tried asking around to see if anyone knows the recipe and not even my grandmother could help me on that. I remember eating steamed cream cracker cake a long time ago when a family friend made it but we have since lost touch with this family friend.

So, I did the next best thing. I googled it! Unfortunately, Google didn’t help me much this time. The closest to a steamed cream cracker recipe I could get to was the Sweet and Sour Layer Cake recipe from Lily’s Wai Sek Hong. I don’t really like Haw flakes that much so I modified the recipe and sorta personalise it to suit my own tastes.

It turned out pretty good

My own version of steamed cream cracker cake turned out pretty good, though not as 'pretty' and presentable as I'd like it to be...did you notice the oozing peanut butter? That's one of my addition!

Here’s the recipe:

Steamed Cream Cracker Cake

With Peanut Butter Surprise and chocolate

Ingredients

330g cream crackers, crushed

300g butter

400g condensed milk

10 large eggs, separated

100 soft brown sugar

2 tsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp chocolate sauce

1 tsp chocolate essence

Instructions

1. Line and grease a cake pan with butter.

Crush the cream crackers (top two pictures) and beat the butter with the condensed milk till creamy

(top from left) Crush the cream crackers and beat the butter with the condensed milk till creamy

2. Crush the cream crackers in a ziplog bag or use a blender to blend it. (I used my special ‘crusher’…my son used a plastic cup to bash up the crackers and had a wonderful time! Of course there was a huge mess and most of the crackers ended up on the floor but it’s okay, I bought a huge packet of crackers )

3. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and condensed milk till creamy. Then add the egg yolks one at a time and whisk till well mixed.

Add the egg yolks one at a time, mix well (top two from left), whisk the egg whites and sugar till fluffy, add the crushed crackers

(top from left)Add the egg yolks one at a time, mix well, whisk the egg whites and sugar till fluffy, add the crushed crackers

3. In another bowl, beat the egg whites and sugar till fluffy.

4. Add the crushed cream crackers to the butter mixture and combine well. Fold in the egg whites and mix well.

(top from left) Combine the cream crackers well, spoon part of the batter into the cake pan and add a few dollops of peanut butter, dribble chocolate sauce and pour the rest of the chocolate-mixed batter into the pan.

(top from left) Combine the cream crackers well, spoon part of the batter into the cake pan and add a few dollops of peanut butter, dribble chocolate sauce and pour the rest of the chocolate-mixed batter into the pan.

5. Place the cake pan over a pan of boiling water set over medium heat.

6. Spoon part of the batter into the prepared cake pan, then add several dollops of peanut butter anywhere.

7. Dribble the chocolate sauce liberally over the batter in the pan.

8. As for the remaining batter, add the cocoa powder and chocolate essence. Stir and combine well.

9. Top up the cake pan with the rest of the batter.

10. Steam the mixture for about 45 minutes. The cake is done when you insert a skewer into it and it comes out clean.

After 45 minutes, I get a firm, rich and delicious steamed cream cracker cake!

After 45 minutes, I get a firm, rich and delicious steamed cream cracker cake!

If you look closely, it has two colours, the bottom layer is of a yellowish tint while the top is a brownish colour. The chocolate that was added did not really make it taste all that chocolatey but it gave it some extra flavour.

Also, when I say peanut butter surprise, I meant that since we only add a few dollops of it, those eating this will sometimes get to bite into the cake with creamy, peanut butter oozing out and sometimes, it is just plain steamed cream cracker cake.

Having cooked this till the wee hours of the night, of course I enjoyed the fruits of my work.

Having cooked this till the wee hours of the night, of course I enjoyed the fruits of my work. I ate all three pieces pictured here.

Of course, if you are not into peanut butter or chocolate and just want the plain old steamed cream cracker cake, then you can leave out all the chocolate stuff and the peanut butter.

The steamed cream cracker cake can be stored in an airtight container for a few days in cool weather. It can be eaten as breakfast, as a teatime snack or simply for fun!

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Comments: 8

  1. Jessie October 17, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Wow. I’ve never heard of this before, but it certainly looks good! Super moist and dense. Thanks!

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  2. lingzie October 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    wow i’ve never heard of steamed cream cracker cake!!
    and i happen to have a huge packet of cream crackers at home…which means…hehehe weekend baking project!
    i love peanut butter and chocolate too so this recipe is just perfect! thanks for sharing. :)

  3. CarolineL October 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Looks really yummy :)

  4. Foong October 18, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Jessie: It is really, really rich and tastes like a baked cake.

    lingzie: Do try it out and tell me how it turned out and thanks for dropping by!

    CarolineL: Do check back often for other recipes too!

  5. Gera October 18, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Hi Foong,

    This cake with cream crackers looks really great, a big thumb up for you!

  6. Momo October 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Foong, did you check the brand of your cream crackers?

  7. Foong October 19, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Gera: thank you.

    Momo: Heheheh…I guess everyone is now so jittery with all the melamine scare. I bought the Tesco brand which is not in the list.

  8. khoo April 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I wz given a steamed crackers cake,a long time ago,n it tasted so gud.I wz given the recipe but somehow lost it.will get back 2 u guys wen i hv d recipe.but i will try all these n let u know.shud b very gud in taste.i m a Penangite,Malaysia.thx

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