Sunday, May 20, 2012

Making Steamed Brownies (Brownies Kukus)

Steamed brownies (Brownies Kukus) first found their fame in Indonesia about twelve years ago after one bakery from Bandung introduced this cake. From that point on, a lot of people in Indonesia started to commercialize steamed brownies too.

When I was randomly browsing for simple cake recipes in the internet yesterday, I bumped into some steamed brownies pictures and recipes. I remember my Mom once told me to try making steamed brownies but I was never so keen. After checking few more other tested recipes of steamed brownies, on this unusually quiet Sunday morning, I decided to try the recipe of steamed brownies created by Ny. Liem I found here.

Awfully chocolate steamed brownies.

Steamed Brownies (Brownies Kukus)


  • 6 Eggs
  • 225 gr Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 tsp Emulsifier
  • 125gr Cake flour
  • 50gr Cocoa powder
  • 175ml Vegetable oil
  • 100gr Dark Cooking Chocolate
  • 75 ml Sweet Condensed Milk


  1. Melt the dark cooking chocolate then mix it with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
  2. Sift the cake flour and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. Cover the steamer's lid with clean cloth then heat the steamer with big fire.
  4. Cream eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and emulsifier with high speed electric mixer.
  5. Incorporate well the flour and cocoa powder mixture into the egg and sugar mixture by using spatula.
  6. Pour the melted dark cooking chocolate and vegetable oil mixture onto the brownies batter. Mix well by using spatula.
  7. Divide the brownies batter into 3 portions - let's call them mixture A, B and C. 
  8. Mix 1/3 of the brownies batter with sweet condensed milk then set aside (this is mixture B). Mixture A and C are the brownies batter without the sweet condensed milk.
  9. Pour mixture A onto the cake pan which is already lined with parchment paper. Then, steam it for 10 minutes.
  10. Pour mixture B on top of the steamed mixture A. Steam the brownies for another 10 minutes.
  11. Lastly, add mixture C on top of the steamed mixture A and B. Steam the whole brownies for 20 minutes. Total steaming time is 40 minutes as we are making 3 layers of the brownies.
  12. Once done, take the brownies out of the steamer. Let it cool for a bit then release the brownies from the cake pan. 
  13. Decorate the brownies with melted white chocolate or dust the top of the brownies with icing sugar, as desired.

The above steps may seem very long to follow but in real practice, these steamed brownies are not that complicated to make. We just need a little bit of patience in steaming the brownies layer by layer.

I am pleased with the final result of my first trial of steamed brownies today because the brownies didn't shrink after I took them out from the steamer plus I got pretty pronounced lines for the brownies' layers.


  1. This looks really yummy - I have been hesistant to try steamed brownies but hopefully now I have icnentive :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. interesting...I haven't seen anything like this before. Looks yummy!

  3. I've never heard of steamed brownies! Were you happy with the way they came out?

    1. Hi Renee.. Steamed brownies were very booming in Indonesia many years ago. The final result of the above recipe, which for me was more like a steamed chocolate cake, turned out pretty moist and not to sweet - so I was quite happy with it.

    2. I can't understand why Nyonya Liem naned that cake Brownies kukus (Steamed Brownies), because it's just a steamed chocolate cake.
      And then many people believe that making brownies needs emulsifier.

  4. wow! this is definitely something to try.

  5. I never had steamed brownie before but I can see why it got booming! It looks great!

  6. Do you need to be as precise with ingredient measurements as you do with baking? These look delicious!

    1. Yes, for the measurements, I followed the ingredients stated in the recipe. Good luck.

  7. Looks a lot like a flourless cake, too. Good job.

  8. If you add one tsp fine expresso powder, it will taste not so boring (pardon my English, I'm from Indonesia)


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