Sunday, April 29, 2012

Apam Polka Dot, Plain

Remember the last time I post on Experimenting: Apam Polka Dot? Well, I'm back to experiment with them again this week. While weighing the ingredients, I couldn't help but to be reminded to sponge cake. There were some resemblance of ingredients between them. Could Apam Polka Dot be translated to Steamed Sponge Cup Cake? Nah... I think it's better to call it as Apam Polka Dot.

And making them was quite simple too! First, you prepare the batter and divide them into a few portion. Drop in a few drops of your preferred food coloring and mix them well.

Next, arrange mini paper cups into a plastic mold or small plastic cup (or anything as above). The last time I made this, I arranged them into a mini tarts mold. And it didn't look as pretty as using these small plastic mold. 

Then, add in the batter into a piping bag, and piped the batter into paper cup until it was 3/4 full. Or you could use a teaspoon. But using a piping bag is neater. Then, use another piping bag with different color of batter and pipe small dots on top of batter.

If you're feeling a bit adventurous, you may pipe any other design that you like. For example, flower.

Or cute and weird emoticons like these...

Or perhaps attempt to pipe them into a lady bird design, and fail as I did...

Then, arrange them nicely on tray, and steam them over low fire for 10 to 15 minutes. Steaming them over  high heat would ruin the design on Apam. If you're using a steamer like mine, make sure that you cover the lid with a clean towel to prevent the steamed water from dripping down to Apam.

And this is how they looked like when they're done! Don't you think they looked better than the first time I did it? They're a bit fluffy too! 

Apam Polka Dot
(Adapted and Translated from

275g flour
220g castor sugar
150ml milk or evaporated milk
3 tsp baking powder
3# egg white, cold temperature
3# egg yolk, cold temperature
1 tsp ovalette (cake stabilizer)
1 tsp vanilla essence (I used extract)
Food coloring 

  1. Combine flour and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg white until fluffy.
  3. Add in ovalette, egg yolk and vanilla essence. Mix well. Add in sugar.
  4. Add in flour and milk alternately into the batter.
  5. Divide batter into a few portion and add in a few drop of your preferred food coloring. Mix well
  6. Add in batter into a piping bag. Then, pipe the batter into the paper cup until it is 3/4 full.
  7. Grab a piping bag with different color and pipe small dot on top.
  8. Steam for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Let it cool before serve. Or keep them into an air tight container to prevent the Apam from harden.


  1. Oh wow, these are so cute and tempting. Wish I could grab one :)

    1. Yes! They're really cute! I think that's why they're so popular over here... Thanks for visiting Ambreen :)

  2. These are beautiful! Did they taste as good as they look?

    1. They taste good and fluffy. You can pipe in some blueberry fillings to the bottom if you want to.
      Thank you for visiting :)

  3. hi . wow! sooo pretty, now i know to make the designs. have a nice day. l would love to try this soon

    1. Hello Wan :)
      I look forward when you try and make these Apam.

  4. Looks so yummy. I love sweets! and I love the designs!



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