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Chinese New Year Steamed Prosperity Cakes (Fa Gao)

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Steamed prosperity cake or often called fa gao in Mandarin, fatt koh in Cantonese and Huat Kueh in Hokkien, is very similar to cupcake or muffin, but it is steamed instead of baked. The main ingredients used are normally rice flour, yeast, sugar and bright colourful food colouring, then the cake mixture is poured into Chinese tea cups to make it into cupcake or muffin like moulds. Traditionally, most common colours are white or pink and sometimes brown in colour from palm sugar added. It is typically steamed on high heat until the top of the cake splits into 4 sections or sometimes 3 sections. Because of the split top of the cake, it is also often referred to as Chinese smiling steamed cake or even blooming flowers. The name “fa” means prosperity, so fa gao literally means prosperity cake. It is not surprising that this cake is often consumed during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations which symbolises good fortune.

Up until today, I still have very fond memories of having fa gao throughout my childhood days during every Chinese New Year celebrations. For my gluten free fa gao recipe, I am using gluten free all-purpose flour, rice flour, coconut sugar, coconut milk and vanilla extract. This fa gao recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soy free, nut free, corn free, egg free and refined sugar free.

Happy Chinese Luna New Year 2016 to everyone who is celebrating the year of the monkey this festive season!

May the year of the Monkey be filled with joy, good health, prosperity and good fortune.

Gluten Free CNY Prosperity Cakes

CNY Steamed Prosperity Cakes

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