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Bolu Kukus Gula Merah (Steamed Cupcakes)

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indonesian


  • 1 cup palm sugar
  • 3 pandan leaves
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  • Preheat the steamer over high heat.
  • In a pot, cook water with pandan leaves and palm sugar until everything dissolves. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, combine egg yolks, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract over high speed until pale.
  • Add in pandan water, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix over low speed.
  • Add oil and mix the batter with a spatula.
  • Pour the batter into cupcake silicone molds and steam for 20 minutes over high heat. DO NOT open the lid while the cupcakes are cooking.