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Fortune Cake (Fa Gao)

These fortune cakes, also referred to as “prosperity cakes” or “lucky cakes,” are extremely popular during Lunar New Year. The name “fa gao” sounds like “wealth,” thus symbolizing good fortune for the new year. They have a light brown sugar flavor and an addictively fluffy, yet chewy, texture. It’s hard to eat just one!

Tasty Team
January 26, 2022
Total Time

45 minutes

45 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

20 minutes

20 min

Fortune Cake (Fa Gao)
Total Time

45 minutes

45 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

20 minutes

20 min

Ingredients

for 8 cakes

  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar (135 g), packed
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (60 mL)
  • ¾ cup water (180 mL)
  • 1 ¼ cups self-rising flour (155 g)
  • ¼ cup rice flour (30 g)
  • 4 teaspoons double acting baking powder
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

Equipment

  • 8 fluted egg tart molds
  • 1 steamer basket

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 374
  • Fat 7g
  • Carbs 62g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 33g
  • Protein 15g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Fill a large pot one third of the way with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Place a 2-tier steamer basket on top. Grease 8 3-inch fluted egg tart molds with nonstick spray.
  2. Add the brown sugar, butter, and water to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the self-rising and rice flours and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly fold the sugar syrup into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until evenly combined and no dry spots remain.
  5. Fill each prepared egg tart mold to the top with batter, about ¼ cup each.
  6. Working in batches if needed, place the molds in the steamer basket and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the cakes rise and crack open. Do not open the lid while cooking or the cakes will not rise. Carefully transfer the cakes to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Remove the cakes from the molds before serving.
  7. Enjoy!

Ingredients

for 8 cakes

  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar (135 g), packed
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (60 mL)
  • ¾ cup water (180 mL)
  • 1 ¼ cups self-rising flour (155 g)
  • ¼ cup rice flour (30 g)
  • 4 teaspoons double acting baking powder
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

Equipment

  • 8 fluted egg tart molds
  • 1 steamer basket

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 374
  • Fat 7g
  • Carbs 62g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 33g
  • Protein 15g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Fill a large pot one third of the way with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Place a 2-tier steamer basket on top. Grease 8 3-inch fluted egg tart molds with nonstick spray.
  2. Add the brown sugar, butter, and water to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the self-rising and rice flours and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly fold the sugar syrup into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until evenly combined and no dry spots remain.
  5. Fill each prepared egg tart mold to the top with batter, about ¼ cup each.
  6. Working in batches if needed, place the molds in the steamer basket and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the cakes rise and crack open. Do not open the lid while cooking or the cakes will not rise. Carefully transfer the cakes to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Remove the cakes from the molds before serving.
  7. Enjoy!
Fortune Cake (Fa Gao)

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