November 4, 2010

Pandan Chiffon Cupcakes with Coconut Creamcheese frosting

I've had a very strong craving for anything 'pandan' flavoured lately... might be because I've had House's BTS dessert on my mind (for those who don't know, besides it being AMAZING... its pandan icecream on a fluffy warm toasted brioche drizzled with caramel sauce.. O.M.G)

I wanted to make pandan icecream but with the temperamental weather I opted for something else... Pandan Chiffon... CUPCAKES!

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Pandan Chiffon Cupcakes
Adapted from The Malaysian Cuisine - makes one 25 cm chiffon cake or 30 cupcakes

6 Large Eggs, separated
1 Additional Egg White
2 1/4 cups Plain flour
1 1/4 cups White Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 cup Pandan Juice (Blend 5 Pandan Leaves with 2/3 cup Water or use Pandan Essence)
3/4 cup Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
3/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp Pure Pandan Extract (Optional)
15-20 drops of green food colouring (Optional)

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Separate the eggs and place the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another. Cover with plastic wrap and bring them to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 170˚C and line 3 x 12 cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

Sift together the flour, sugar (minus 3Tbsp), baking powder & salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the egg yolks, oil, Pandan juice, coconut milk , and pandan extract, if using. Beat about one minute or until smooth.

In a separate bowl, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining 3Tbsp of sugar and until stiff peaks form. With a large rubber spatula or wire whisk, gently fold the egg whites into the batter just until blended (being careful not to deflate the batter).

Spoon 1/2 cup of batter into each cupcake hole. Bake for 20-30 mins until golden brown and springy to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool over a wire rack.

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Coconut Cream Cheese frosting
Adapted from Simply Recipes - covers about 12-15 cupcakes depending on how generous you want to be with the frosting. This frosting is amazing!! Sweet with a slight saltiness laced with coconut bits mMmm..

1/2 cup of butter, room temperature
250g Philly cream cheese, room temperature
1/2-1 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of sweetened desiccated coconut

Cream the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes. Scraped down the sides and bottom.
Slowly add the powdered sugar, taste as you go adding more sugar until you have reached the desired sweetness.
Fold in the coconut. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
Sprinkle on a bit of extra shredded coconut on top and serve.

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These cupcakes are the fluffiest!! (It's soooo fluffy I'm gonna DIEE!!!) The coconut milk helps to keep the cupcakes moist and it works so damn well with the subtle pandan flavour. For a truer pandan flavour I would suggest to go with actually making your own pandan juice. I used store bought pandan essence and found that it was quite artificial tasting, so next time I will definately use a combination of real pandan juice with a Tbsp of the essence to enhance the flavour. Also with the green food colouring... you can add as much or as little as you like... just depends how nuclear looking you want your cupcakes to look, I used about 15 small drops and the colour turned out just a slight pastel green.

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Can you see the inside fluffiness!!?! *points downwards*
Pandan Cupcake
Bon App├ętit ♥


  1. Awww too cute! I've been meaning to get back into the kitchen to bake some thing but have been tired and lazy.. These look like a treat though! Where can you find pandan?

  2. Chiffon cakes are perfect in cupcake form, and your pandan ones are so pretty with the icing on top.

  3. I've been the same!! been soo tired and sick of late.. it sucks :( You can find pandan in any Asian grocery store, they're like $1.50 a bunch and look like this

  4. haha so fluffy I could die!!

    Im having the same pandan cravings since having that BTS dessert too. Im sure this treat would sort that out, what a tasty combo!

  5. So i've been forced to comment cause I ate so much of these cupcakes at work and haven't given feedback and i'm telling you now, its AWESOME. The cake was so soft and The cream cheese frosting was heaven. Don't get me started cause i could just sit there with a spoon cleaning off the top of the cup cakes all day.

  6. zomg awesome! ive been craving pandan cake all week!

  7. These look Awesome!! I do love the BTS. been craving it for ages!! They do look very FLUFFY!!!

  8. They do look gorgeous! I love the pandan flavour!

  9. Hi Dainty!

    If I use pandan essence, would I still add 1/2 cup of water? :)

  10. Very cute styling with the ribbon Rhonda. They look nice and light too.

  11. I've never had pandan, but it makes your cupcakes look so pillow light and delish.

    And um, I'm uber jealous of your pink mixer! I have a very industrial grey looking one.

  12. Hi Sheena,

    I forgot to say, if you are not making your own Pandan juice then just replace that with approx 30 mls of pandan essence.

    Hope this helps!

  13. the cup cakes looks as good as they taste. thank you dainty baker for working in the same office as me and inspiring me to one day bake.........

  14. Your cupcakes look so light and fluffy! I am sure it tastes spectacular especially with that cream cheese.

  15. Looks like a wonderful creation. Almost too good to eat!

  16. Hi Dainty!

    Made these today using pandan essence. Unfortunately the flavour doesn't come through very strong, so next time I'll be making the juice from leaves.

    Also when using the essence, possibly a bit more oil or coconut milk would be needed as they are the slightest bit too dry.

  17. Hi Sheena, Oh really? Mine were really moist.. Maybe you kept them in the oven for too long? Because the essence shouldn't affect the moistness of the cupcake too much? How did they taste? :)  

  18. My cupcakes were in for less the recommended time, it was a little more difficult to gauge from colour as my essence made them witch green!

    They tasted lovely though, had a yummy coconut after taste.

  19. Cute & so tropical! The perfect Valentine's treat. Thanks for sharing!


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