Easy Kaya (Coconut Jam) Cake

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Moist and flavourful kaya cake

Moist and flavourful kaya cake

Told you in my previous post that I will share with you my kaya cake recipe and here I come, though I didn’t expect myself to come so soon…..haha. Keeping a promise is always very refreshing and liberating which is good for the soul. I’m sure you will agree with me on that. And if you like ‘ham chim paeng’, you know I will be back soon to share with you the recipe. So, smile please…..*smiling here*.

One of the reasons that I’m so quick back to share with you this recipe is all because of Claire. She was the first one to comment on my previous blog post at My Memorable Trip Home (Cooking and Baking).  She mentioned, “How I wish I could taste all your cakes especially the kaya one…. Waiting to see your recipe!”. Awwwww….how sweet! How can I disappoint her! If you don’t know Claire, you have missed out a lovely blogger. I knew her as a blogger and REALLY knew her well when she came to Aberdeen recently. It is in this cold land where it went “BOOOOM”…….we MET in person!….haha. See, told you, blogging is SO fun!….*big smiles*. You can read my post on our meet-up at A Blogger From Malaysia Landed In Aberdeen.

Oh, if Claire is my neighbour, God knows what will happen. She will play the guitar and sing to me everyday while I bake cake for her! Life would be such a bliss!…….haha. Claire is a very friendly and happy person. You can read more about her on her blog at Caring Is Not Only Sharing.

Right, here’s my simple, easy and quick Kaya Cake recipe, which is non dairy. As mentioned in my previous email, there’s no measuring cups and no measuring spoons, so this recipe is quite an estimation. I hope to try it again one day here with proper measuring cups and measuring spoons. I’m sure my estimation can’t be too far out. So far, my estimation is usually quite accurate. Mathematics teacher…ahem…ahem…should be quite good in estimation….*big grin*.

Kaya and santan

Kaya and santan

Sweet and delicious kaya (coconut jam)

Sweet and delicious kaya (coconut jam)

In this recipe, the key ingredients are kaya (coconut jam) and also santan (coconut milk). They give the beautiful aroma and taste. The kaya is sweet so you don’t need to add any sugar. You can buy them from Asian supermarket or you can even make it yourself. Oh wait, I have not put up any kaya recipe yet. One day I’ll make it again and put up the recipe. It’s a long time I had not made it. Time to make again. That will keep you coming back, right?…..*big smiles*. The santan (coconut milk) is oily enough so you don’t need to add anymore oil.

Ingredients A
4 eggs
1 tin coconut milk (400g)
1 tin kaya (480g)
2t vanilla essence

Put all of Ingredients A in a mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined.

Ingredients B
1 & 1/2C flour
1t baking powder

Well mixed kaya cake batter

Well mixed kaya cake batter

Sieve Ingredients B into the Ingredients A mixture. Mix until well combined.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Pour the batter into a paper-lined tin. I used a low baking tin. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes or when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Big cracks!

Big cracks!

Oh my gosh…..huge cracks! Looks like earthquakes…..haha. But who cares as long as it tastes good, right? And if you don’t like the look, just flip it over and you won’t see the cracks anymore…….*big grin*. It’s such joy not being a perfectionist…*big smiles*. Actually the cracks closed up as the cake cools down. I suspect that the batter is a little too thick which means that I should use 1/4C less flour or add 1/4C water to lighten it up.

Right, now’s your turn to make this cake. And if you don’t like to eat cakes, which I think would be weird, you can still make and bless someone and see smiles light up his/her face. And if you are not a very patient person like me when comes to baking, this cake is definitely for you. And if you are one that likes to see quick results like me, this cake is also for you. And if you need to de-stress after a hard day’s work and need a nice dessert to unwind, like me often, then this cake is for you too. See, I have given you every reason to make this cake. You can thank me later….*big smiles*.

Well, I better run…..badminton time……..yipppeeeee! The weather is so wonderfully awesome! For once I talk SO WELL about the weather here….haha. The sun just brings lots of big smiles on my face. You bet I look much prettier…..haha.

Til then, see you in my next post.

Quote of the day…….

Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands.”

- Japanese Proverb

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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Miss B  on June 6th, 2013

Hi Mary,
First time visiting your blog. This kaya jam cake does look very tempting. Just wondering what is the diamension of your cake tin? The cake batter seems to be a lot. Thank you.

Miss B

priscilla poh  on June 6th, 2013

Good Day Mary

Like to know how much is 1 & 1/2C flour in gram?

Priscilla Poh

suituapui  on June 6th, 2013

Malaysian products! You lugged them all the way back to Aberdeen? Gosh!!!

Juliet  on June 6th, 2013

Pandan kaya is awesome too!

somewhere in singapore  on June 6th, 2013

If i were your neighbour, u have to bakes more as me very greedy, can finish up a lot, wkakakakaka…

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on June 7th, 2013

I want one large slice too, Mary. Now I really need to make some kaya!

Mary  on June 7th, 2013

@Miss B - Thanks very much for visiting! The cake tin is not big. I think it’s about 9″x9″ and about 2″ high. This is not a big cake. Have fun baking! :D

@priscilla poh - 1 C of flour is about 120g. So 1 & 1/2C is about 180g. I like to use measuring cups because it’s very quick and easy to measure for both liquid and dry ingredients. Maybe you can get a set. Have fun baking :D

@suituapui - Oh no, I didn’t lug them back here. This cake was made when I was in Sibu. I brought back other food though :D

@Juliet - Thanks, Juliet! I will have to try that one day, too :D

@somewhere in singapore - I know you are very greedy….LOL. I think I will be baking non-stop if you are here….haha

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - I need top make kaya, too :D

lena  on June 7th, 2013

claire is a nice lady..and in a way humorous too! this is really a quick way to make this delicious kaya cake. Must pressure claire to make this cake..hehe..

Mary  on June 8th, 2013

@lena - Oh yes, you need to ask Claire to make now…..haha. Forgot that both of you are in the same town. Must be so fun to have a few food bloggers there :D

priscilla poh  on June 8th, 2013

Many thanks Mary for the swift response.

I already have a set of measuring cups. I normally do not use them because measuring differs. The conversion scales found in different food bloggers stated that 1 cup flour is equivalent to 140gm, yet another stated is 160gm, yet another is 125 gm, hence, I am not sure which is right.

I find it rather confused too especially when food blogs use tablespoon in measuring butter. I mean isn’t is better to just use gram? When we use spoon to measure butter, it’s going to be very messy, right?

I am really not use to whenever recipes called for spoon and cup. Gram is so much precise.

Anyway, thank you so much for the recipe. I will make the easy kaya cake in the near future and feedback to you on the result.

May the Lord bless you and family.

Priscilla Poh

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on June 8th, 2013

Love this kaya cake with coconut and kaya fragrance. I’m sure it must be gone once the cake is out of the oven. :D

Priya  on June 9th, 2013

Am hearing coconut jam for the first time,cake looks super moist and fabulous.

Lyndsey@TinySkillet  on June 11th, 2013

Thanks Claire, this recipe is so nice. Mary I don’t mind the cracks at all, I’ll still eat my share. My mouth is watering now.

somewhere in singapore  on June 12th, 2013

Then you will be busy baking and i will be busy eating, lol…

Mistletoe  on June 15th, 2013

Kaya reminds me of my childhood. My Dad used to spread that over toast in the mornings for my breakfast. Sometimes I’d just have Kaya sandwiches for lunch too. Quite a simple eater, huh? Now I must look for it in my supermarket. I’ll bet my kiddies would like it. Must try this cake too. It looks so simple to make, even for a baking disaster like me. Teehee. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe, Mary. And WHO doesn’t like cake? That’s crazy. Lol.

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