We had a burst of glorious picnic weather, so I left off making something for Malaysian Monday until late on Sunday. As it turned out, I should have started earlier, as it took two attempts to get an almost-right result.
I was attempting to make something called Beehive cake, also known as Kuih Sarang Semut (ant’s nest cake). This cake has an interesting texture – it is dense, chewy, and moist all at the same time. Its appearance is also very distinct, full of tunnels and holes, hence the name.
I’d found a recipe in mum’s handwritten collection, and I as soon as I’d read it, I wondered if I would get a good result. Should have trusted my instincts.
See, Mum has a bit of a system - good recipes are usually marked with a tick, ones that don’t work are crossed out with the words “No Good” scrawled across them. Sometimes, she made annotations or wrote alternate instructions in the margins. This recipe was pristine, meaning she probably never got around to trying it out. Also, the recipe called for baking powder, and I was quite sure baking soda was needed for this cake.
But since I had to start somewhere, I halved the ingredients, then followed the instructions to the letter, and ended up with just normal cake, Quite tasty cake since there was caramel and condensed milk involved, but completely unlike the cake I was attempting.
This is not the cake you're looking for
Scratch that recipe! (literally).
I then did what any self-respecting food blogger would do. Google. Which is how I found Sunflower’s blog and a recipe, complete with successful photo of my desired cake. The ingredient list and ratios were quite similar to my original recipe, but the method was completely different.
Again, I halved the recipe, and used a loaf tin, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly.
Yay, I got a whole lot of holes! The cake should really have more holes than this, so I’m not quite sure where I went wrong. Perhaps, I didn’t let the batter sit for long enough, or perhaps the baking soda was old.
Never mind, at least it tasted good – a strong caramel flavour without being overly sweet. Perfect for packing into school lunchboxes ☺ Happy back to school and have a great start to the week!
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