Saturday, April 30, 2011

Steamed Cake With Wolfberry

Wolfberry fruits or Goji berry have been used since ancient times in China as general tonic, to protect the liver, to improve vision, to strengthen weak legs and to promote longevity.  Wolberry contains phytochemicals with antioxidant activity and could slow the ageing process.  This is so good that chinese used them in soup and drinks.  But today, we used them in cakes :) 

Excerpt taken from here

Wolfberry is a wild bush found in the north west of China. Wolfberry has been used in China for thousand of years. During the Tang Dynasty (1000-1400 A. D) wolfberry was considered as Yin and used its health benefits, including strengthening the eyes, liver and kidney and nourishing the blood. Chinese people have been using wolfberry to make tea, soup, stew and wine or chewed them like raisins. In China, wolfberry fruits are used in different forms. Wolfberry fruits are used as fresh fruits, as tea or as ingredient in bread, wine, stews and soups.

Saw this recipe on Piggy's blog - Piggy's Cooking Journal and I knew I would love to have this steamed cake with wolberry for my breakfast . Not much work involved and you can make this in the morning and have it for breakfast.  As usual , I will have the ingredients measured out the night before and the moment I woke up in the morning, I  just have to mix them together and steamed the cake for 20 mins.  I took some to the office for Claire....the lucky one !   " Piggy , thank you for sharing this wonderful healthy steamed cake with us "  Do drop by her blog. She has a great cooking journal with lots of goodies that I love !  :)

I did not have enough wolberries for topping so I used pumpkin seeds which is also good for health :)  I do not mind having this more often for it is indeed a healthy cake for it uses only egg whites, olive oil and milk. No butter and no egg yolks involved so we can eat this often :)

Steamed Cake With Wolberry ( taken from Piggy's Cooking Journal )
( Printable Recipe )


115g egg white (about 3 eggs)
85g caster sugar
140g self-raising flour
1g salt
35ml milk
10ml olive oil
80g dry wolfberry


1)Lightly grease a 9X5-inch baking pan with olive oil, then line the pan with baking paper. Soak wolfberry in a bowl of water for 3-5 minutes, dish out and then pat dry with paper towel.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk egg white with an electric mixer until foamy. Continue to whisk and at the same time, add sugar in 3 batches. Whip the egg white until stiff peak forms

3) Sift flour and salt over egg white mixture. Using a wide spatula, fold the mixture until just combined.

4) Mix milk, oil and 60g of wolfberry in a bowl, pour over egg white mixture. Fold the mixture until well combined.

5) Sprinkle remaining 20g of wolfberry on the cake. Pour the batter into the baking pan, steam in medium heat for 20 mins.

Enjoy and have a nice day !


  1. I just had to learn what a wolberry was! And I love that you included pepitas!

  2. Yum! I've encountered goji berries in healthy trail mixes, etc...but not in baked goods. I always adore steamed Asian cakes, and this one looks like a really cool combo of flavors and textures.

  3. Neat! I like that this cake sounds so healthy, I could eat it for breakfast! :)

  4. Nice touch with the pumpkin seeds! This cake looks fantastic!

  5. thanks for sharing this steamed cake recipe. I cant even remember whether i have made this kind of cake before, even if i did, it must be not so nice that i cant even remember that!

  6. Goji berries do have some amazing health benefits, but I can't imagine eating them on their own. I think incorporating them in a cake is the ideal way to go.

  7. Elin, the steamed cake looks great. I want some too! Hope you're enjoying the week ahead. Happy Holiday!