Pumpkin Huat Kueh (Steamed Pumpkin Cake)

I realised I had some pumpkin left in the fridge today and hence decided to steam it up to make pumpkin huat kuehs for my little girl. Huat Kueh, translated literally, means “prosperous cake”. Some people believe that if it rises and breaks open like a smile (as shown in the photo above), you will have good luck. I believe in none of that but that doesn’t stop me from making some yummy, oil-free steamed cakes for my little girl. They are slightly more troublesome to make than traditional muffins, but they have a nice soft chewy texture.

Most pumpkin huat kueh recipes you see out there uses coconut milk, because the combination of coconut milk and pumpkin is absolutely aromatic. In order to make this more healthy and child-friendly, I chose to use whole milk instead of coconut milk.

Pumpkin Huat Kueh
Serves: 10
Starter dough
  • 50g Hong Kong Flour
  • 50ml water
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 200g pumpkin, steamed and pureed
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 120g brown sugar
  • 320g Hong Kong flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  1. Mix starter dough ingredients in a bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Sift together flour and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine pureed pumpkin, milk, eggs and brown sugar.
  4. Add in sifted flour and baking powder and mix well.
  5. Finally, add in proofed starter dough and mix well. The mixture will be sticky.
  6. Set a steamer over boiling water. Fill muffin cups almost to the top with the mixture.
  7. Steam over rapid boiling water for 15 minutes.
Adapted from http://sakurambokitchen.blogspot.sg/2007/07/huat-kueh-pumpkin-durian-sweet-potato.html

This post is shared at Saturday Dishes Pumpkin.


  1. yonu lokshom says:

    I want to try this but please will you elaborate it and i don’t have micro oven, can i cook it in pressure cooker. and I can use white sugar instead of brown.

    • Hello! I steamed it over fire – if you have a large enough pot or pan you can just steam it. No need for microwave oven. White sugar will work as well.

  2. very nice pumpkin huat kueh

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