Indonesian Steamed Cupcakes (Bolu Kukus)

There are many recipes of Bolu Kukus, a traditional Indonesian steamed cupcakes out there. This particular recipe doesn’t require eggs nor soda water and no electric mixer needed.  Many finds Bolu Kukus is a tricky to make. Therefore I would strongly recommend this recipe to get the fluffy texture plus to get the Bolu Kukus crack on top. Or as they call it the Bolu Kukus must “smile” 🙂


8-10 cupcakes

Traditional cookies/Kue Tampah. The recipe of martabak manis has been posted last year. The green one wasn’t bolu kukus. It’s another easy bake/oven traditional recipe using pandan paste.


1/2 teaspoon salt

250 gr cake flour

150 gr sugar

250 ml water or milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoon chocolate powder

100 ml oil

1 teaspoon baking soda


  • Shift all the dry ingredients together except for salt.
  • Rest the dry ingredients mixture for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt to the dry mixture.
  • Mix together all the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Make 3 holes in the dry mixture.
  • Fill the 3 holes with liquid mixture.
  • Preheat your steamers.
  • Mix well with a spatula. Do not mix too long though otherwise it will result with too dense texture.
  • Prepare the special steamed cupcakes molds (see first pic) or use individual cupcake tins or foil tins or a ramekin with cupcakes papers.
  • Fill each tins with the mixture to the top.
  • When the steamers is ready, place the cupcakes tins.  The water in the  steamer needs to be boiling. It may need to be in two batches.
  • Steam each batch around 15-20 mins.
  • Place a towel between the steamer pot and the lid to prevent the steams drop to the batters.
  • Do not open the steamer lid before 15-20 mins.

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