It’s funny. I have never tried Kuih Ambon although it’s been selling all over the place until recently when my Mum started to bring some Kuih Bingka Ambon back home from Singapore. Kuih Ambon is also known as the Honeycomb Ambon cake as it’s texture resembles that of a honeycomb. The cake originates from Medan, north Sumatra.
Only back home did I start savouring the delightfulness of this cake and started googling up on how to make this. There were many recipes in the net, even with many easy step by step videos to learn from. So I didn’t exactly feel that it was going to be very difficult to make this cake and decided to give it a try. The recipe is adapted from Tina’s Kitchen I loved her idea of using just egg yolks to make the colour much more yellow and intensive.
- 150g tapioca flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 5 egg yolks
- 300 ml coconut milk
- 150 g sugar
- 20 g pandan leaves to make 1 tsp pandan juice or 2 drops pandan oil
- 1 stalk lemon grass (cut thumbsize) optional
- Whisk flour, yeast, salt and egg yolks together
- Heat Coconut milk with sugar and lemon grass until all sugar is melted. Do not let it boil. The mixture should be just luke warm, before taking the next step. Remove lemon grass stalks.
- Mix coconut milk mixture together with the flour mixture. Whisk and blend in nicely until mixture is bubbly.
- Leave aside to stand, covered, for about 3 hours (mixture should be very bubbly)
- Heat oven to 200°C (top bottom heat, do not use the fan in a convection oven)
- Line the cake pan, then pour the mixture into this. Bake for 40-50 mins at 180°C (lower the heat) in the second last bottom shelf until the top is golden brown
- Switch off the oven, leave the cake in the oven for another 10 mins.
- Remove the cake from the oven, cool in a rack.
- Only after it is completely cool, remove the lining.
- Tastes best fresh :-)
There are many recipes in the net that suggests baking first at 180°, bottom heat, bottom shelf and after about 35 mins when the cake doesn’t jiggle anymore, moving the cake to the middle shelf and switching on the top heat. Mine worked fine without these steps.
Step 7 helps the cake to not fall flat immediately. Can be omitted.