Ma Lai Ko Cup Cakes

The next dessert which Ming made is Ma Lai Ko Cup Cakes. I had blogged about two versions of Ma Lai Ko here and here but Ming’s recipe is slightly different. Ming’s version of Ma Lai Ko is steamed in paper cup and it only takes 10 minutes to steam. This recipe is very handy when you have unexpected guests.


Ming made 2 versions of Ma Lai Ko Cup Cakes, one regular flavour and another with grated Parmesan cheese. The one with the Parmesan cheese has a stronger flavour and I’ll bet Arkensen will like this version as he is a cheese lover.


  • 100g all purpose flour
  • 50g castor sugar (was substituted with granulated sugar)
  • 60g egg
  • 70g water
  • 5g baking powder
  • 10g grated Parmesan cheese or custard powder (optional)
  • sweetened dried cranberries for garnishing


Click on Read More for the instructions.


malaicupcake-15-300x200In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until frothy.

Add sugar and water and mix well, until sugar dissolved.

malaicupcake-14-300x200Sieve flour and baking powder into another bowl. Add the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, mix well.
malaicupcake-13-300x200Line paper cups on small silver pie plate.Pour the batter into the paper cups, leaving room for the cake to rise.
malaicupcake-12-300x200Steam the cup cakes for 10 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cup cake comes out clean. Garnish the cup cakes with sweetened dried cranberries.

Ming, thank you for sharing the lovely desserts.

8 thoughts on “Ma Lai Ko Cup Cakes

  1. Hi Sue,
    thanks for this recipe. It’s rather easy. Instead of brown sugar, I substitute it with palm sugar which I like it’s fragrance. However, I have to melt the sugar with bit of water first as it came in blocks. As a result, I made a mess with the amount of water required. And the end result of the cake, kind of hard and sticky. Any advise?

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