Frankly speaking, when this idea popped in my mind, I was rather sleepy from the early rise. It occured to me that we just ran out of cake for the kids' recess this week. Jie Jie got the last piece of Espresso chocolate chip cupcake this morning. Was gonna settle for pandan chiffon when I saw that tin of Thai Milk Tea in the cupboard while I was grabbing my tea bag for my morning cup. The next thing I know, I was jotting down notes on the ingredients and steps for baking a Thai Milk Tea cake.
Nowadays I am leaning towards to lighter cake texture, much like chiffon or just very slightly denser. Hence egg separation method is the main technique to go to. But besides that, proportion of ingredients and incorporating everything together and cooking it at the right temperature is also key.
To enhance the milk tea flavour, it is important to steep the tea bags in the hot milk for a longer duration, perhaps 3-4 hours up till it is cooled. It is one of those food which the flavours enriches over some time, like wine aging haha. :D With that said, the cake will taste better the following day.
Let's get on with the recipe shall we?
Egg yolk batter
455 ml whole milk
80 ml condensed milk
3 Thai tea teabagsy
350 g cake flour (unsifted)
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
200 g semi-salted butter, room temperature
4 large eggs yolks, room temperature
100 g caster sugar
Egg White batter
80 g caster sugar
4 large egg whites, room temperature
Using waterbacth kept the cake moist and slow baking the cake at 155C for a longer duration also helped the cake rise properly and minimal shrinkage when removed from the oven.
The texture was amazing! I rarely have 2 slices of cake at one go...this was one of them. (Not exactly small slices too!) The butter cake is soft and fluffy, and yet holds it's shape. Evident flavour of the milk tea with that creamy after taste, perfect sweetness for me.So much love for this cake. But that aside, this whole technique can be reused using different flavour, like Earl Grey or even Peanut Butter...yum!
Highly recommended! Do give this cake a try and tag me on my IG when you post. :)