The Ogura Cake is native to Batu Pahat, Malaysia. Ogura is a Japanese surname but means lovesick in Chinese. There seems to be no story behind the name of the cake, just that it was invented by a baker in Batu Pahat. If someone knows more about this cake, I would love to know.
The texture of this cake is something I haven’t come across before. Pillowy soft and very light. Almost like a cheesecake but not. I was intrigued by the method of baking and the distinct taste. The cake has a tight even crumb.
I chose to make an Orange flavored Ogura cake when I had friends over for dinner and both kids and adults alike loved it.
You will need:
Makes: One 8-inch square cake
Recipe adapted from here
70g Orange juice
40g Vegetable oil
1/4 tsp Salt
55g All-purpose flour or Cake flour
Zest from 2 oranges
4 Egg yolks + 1 whole egg (60g each)
150g Egg white (about 5 egg whites)
1/4 tsp Cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 320F with a tray of boiling water in the bottom most rack. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. You don’t need to line the sides of the pan. If you use a smaller pan, you will get a taller cake.
Whisk the egg yolks and vegetable oil until frothy. Then add the orange juice and mix well. Sift in the flour and salt, add the orange zest. Mix well and set aside.
Using a hand mixer or stand mixer beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add the sugar until peaks form, not stiff. Mix 1/3 of the egg whites into the yolk mixture with a rubber spatula. Then fold in the remaining meringue gently until combined well and no white streaks remain.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Steam bake for 40 minutes at 320F and another 20 minutes at 300F.
Cool completely and then slice. If you have any leftovers store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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