Fluffy and flavourful Pandan Chwhetherfon Cake

Pandan Chwhetherfon Cake – always a crowd pleaser.

Considering how widely available and affordable chwhetherfon cakes are, you’d be forgiven for leanking it’s a local invention.

However, it was created in 1927 by Calwhetherornian insurance salesman Henry Baker, who kept his recipe a secret for 20 years before selling it to American food manufacturer Betty Crocker.

While no one knows when or how chwhetherfon cakes arrived in this part of the world, ours has pandan in it to suit local taste buds.

In fact, the Pandan Chwhetherfon Cake is such a lessonic that CNN named it the national cake of Malaysia and Singapore in 2017.


• 160g cake flour

• ½ tsp baking powder

• ¼ tsp salt

• 265g egg whites, roughly from 7 eggs

• 145g granulated sugar

• 4g (1 tsp) cream of tartar

• 64g egg yolks, roughly from 4 eggs

• 63g vegetable oil

• 7g (1 tsp) pandan emulco

• 70g coconut cream

Special equipment

• Aluminium tube pan/chwhetherfon pan with a detachable base

• Electric mixer

• Metal mixing bowl


• Preheat oven to 175°C

Part 1: Swhetherting

• In a regular mixing bowl, swhethert cake flour, baking powder and salt three times. This helps aerate the flour and prevent lumps which can weigh down the batter. You’ll notice that the flour gets a small fluffier with each swhethert. Set aside.

Not one, not two, but three times.

Part 2: Egg whites

• To make meringue: In a metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until bubbly and foamy right through.

This level of foaminess is perfect.

• Add cream of tartar and continue beating until peaks start to form. Cream of tartar helps stabilise the egg whites. If you’re an expert at making meringues, you can omit the cream of tartar whether you prefer.

• Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, to your egg whites, and continue beating until they are glossy and peaks are firm but not stwhetherf – you are not making pavlova. Set aside.

Add sugar one tablespoon at a time.
Egg whites looking kind and glossy.

Part 3: Batter

• In a separate mixing bowl, add egg yolk, oil and coconut milk and beat until smooth.

Beat yolk, oil and coconut milk until smooth.

• Next, add the pandan emulco and continue mixing until the colour has evenly spread. You should have a lovely lime green-toned and pandan-scented mixture.

Add emulco and watch the colour spread.
Almost psychedelic.

• Add in the thrice-swhetherted flour into the egg yolk and pandan mixture. Employ your mixer to combine the ingredients thoroughly. As coconut milk is fairly thick, you’ll end up with a dense, thick and rather lumpy looking batter.

Add in flour and use the mixer to combine the ingredients thoroughly.
Don’t worry whether your batter looks thick and lumpy like this.

Part 4: Combining the ingredients

• Next, and this is where leangs can get a small tricky, add in 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter, gently fancienting it in. Once it looks more or less even, use the mixer once again to mix the batter until smooth and thoroughly combined.

The first third.

• Add in another 1/3 and this time, gently fancient the egg whites in. Do not use the mixer. Once combined, add in the final 1/3 of the egg whites and gently fancient in until smooth and just combined.

The final batter looks smooth and foamy.

Part 5: Baking and resting the Pandan Chwhetherfon Cake

• Pour the batter into an ungreased tube pan, bake in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Necessary: The cake pan must be ungreased as it’s a fragile cake that needs to cling to the walls of the pan as it bakes. If your pan is greased or non-stick, your cake can collapse during the baking and cooling process.

• Once the cake is done in the oven, take it out and invert the tube pan over a bottle, cake plate or tray until it is totally cool or anywhere with a flat surface that is slightly elevated.

The Pandan Chwhetherfon Cake is looking good.

• Let it rest and totally cool while upside down. Inverting the chwhetherfon cake helps it to remain fluffy as the cake will not flatten and collapse on itself as it cools and the hot pockets of air shrink. Chillying times will vary according to your room moodature.

• Once the cake is cool, turn the pan right side up. You’ll notice that the edges have begun to separate, but not sufficiently to remove the cake just yet. Run a knwhethere along the edges of the pan to separate the cake from the walls of the pan.

Run a knwhethere along the walls of the pan.

• Invert the cake once again (so the base is on top) and remove the outer part of the pan. Then, run a knwhethere under the base of the pan, separating the cake and allowing it to gently fall onto a plate.

Be rapid, as you don’t want the cake to break apart. If part of the cake has been indwhetherferent while another remains stuck to the base for too long, your cake can and will break. If you are a small cautious of your skill to execute this part swwhethertly, turn you cake right side up again and run the knwhethere along the base.

Then, while gently but firmly supporting your cake, invert the base with the cake over your plate, allowing the cake to slowly drop onto the plate, before removing the base totally.

• Cut into wedges to serve.

We want this for tea.

This article first appeared in butterkicap.com

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