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Chinese Fa Gao (Fortune Cake)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Chinese steamed cake--Fa gao also known as Fortune Cake
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: cake
Servings: 2
Calories: 440 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 130 ml hot water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  1. Melt brown sugar with hot water and set aside.
  2. Combine flour with baking powder. Add the sugar water. Stir the batter in one direction for around 3-5 minutes. The longer; the better.
  3. Pour batter to molds. I will recommend using a scoop and pour the batter directly to the center of the molds from higher places and let the batter flat by itself. Set aside.
  4. Bring enough water to boil in a large wok or deep pot, set up the steamer and place the batter in when the water begins to boil. I would suggest add more water with the level just below the moulds.
  5. Cove the lid and continue steam for around 20 to 25 minutes. The blossoming should occur around 10 minutes. So in the first 10 minutes, use high fire and you can choose to slow down your fire slightly or use high fire during the whole process (depending on how much water you added for steaming and do not burn your wok).
Recipe Notes

If you are using larger molds?lengthen the time to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Fa Gao (Fortune Cake)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440
% Daily Value*
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 103g34%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 53g59%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 228mg23%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.