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Chinese Egg Cakes (Paper Wrapped Cakes)

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These Chinese egg cakes (also called paper wrapped cakes) and sometimes referred to as mini egg cakes is a type of Chinese pastry regularly served up in Hong Kong and Macau. They are also sold in Chinese bakery shops worldwide. Most of us who grew up in Southeast Asia will have fond childhood memories of eating these ever so popular egg cakes when we were little. They are light and soft, essentially basic chiffon cakes or sponge cakes wrapped in baking paper and baked in the oven. Traditionally, these egg cakes are steamed and not baked. But with the invention of oven, baked version is the preferred method for making these egg cakes. There are two methods of making these egg cakes: classic method is made by either using the chiffon cake method by separating the egg yolks and egg whites then whisked individually and folded in together; another method is the sponge cake method by whisking the eggs with sugar until light and fluffy and flour mixture is folded into the meringue. Both methods result in a soft and delicate texture cakes. These simple and scrumptious egg cakes are most commonly served during breakfast or teatime. For my gluten free recipe, I am using the sponge cake method and my recipe is also vegetarian, dairy free, soy free and nut free.

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  1. Beth
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    Would the cakes turn out ok if you use egg replacement?

    • daphnegoh
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      The egg cakes will turn out well if you use a good egg replacement. :)

  2. Cindy
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    Do you use Orgran self-raising flour? It already has sodium bicarbonate and guar gum in it. Do you still add extra baking powder and xanthum gum as indicated in the recipe? Thx!

  3. Heidi Roberts
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    I have seen similar cakes in Chinese bakeries in London’s China Town. Might taste one next time I am passing

    • daphnegoh
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      These egg cakes are available in Chinese bakeries in China Town worldwide as they are very popular. Hope you enjoy them. :)

  4. Deb Sharratt
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    Ooh I’ve never tried these before but they look lovely.

    • daphnegoh
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      Thanks Deb! They are delicious…????????

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