RECIPE: Mah Lai Go (DimSum Cake)

Over the weekend we had family over for dinner. The usual Thanksgiving prep with turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, rapini and mushrooms. The usual suspects. Once in a while I like to surprise my parents with a dish (maybe a drink) that they wouldn’t expect.

I’ve made Mah Lai Go several times but mom tells me I’ve never made it for them. They loved it!  It’s comfort food and quick. You may be familiar with this sponge cake at dim sum.

I have friends who have been asking for the recipe so…here it is!

You’ll need a steamer and a 9 inch pie plate or dish that comfortably fits in the steamer.



1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup regular milk (2%, 1% or skim)

4 Tbsp melted butter

4 eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda


1. Sift flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, add sweetened condensed milk and regular milk to the melted butter and stir until combined. Add baking soda and combine. Set aside.

3. Beat eggs on high in a large bowl until the eggs become lighter. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat well until light and fluffy.

4. Lower the speed on the mixer and gradually add milk mixture to the eggs.

5.Carefully add the flour mixture to the eggs until mixed.

6 Pour into pie dish. (best to grease the dish slightly ahead of time)

7. Boil water in steamer on high and lower to medium-high as long as the water is still steaming and place the dish onto steamer (not into the water) and cover. Let steam for 25-30 minutes.

Best served warm.


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