Growing up, I always looked forward to having sweet rice cake or lian gao/nian gao for Chinese New Year! I loved all chewy glutinous Asian desserts such as mochi, tong yuen and tapioca, and sweet rice cake was no exception! Typically we would buy pre-made rice cake at the store and pan fry it after dipping it in egg. My grandma knew how to make the steamed version from scratch, and I always loved it when she made it for us! After Ryan and I got married, Ryan’s mom and sister introduced us to a delicious BAKED rice cake recipe that is extremely simple to make! I was so excited to try out this recipe and make it on my own! Whenever I have a craving for a delicious and chewy dessert, I can whip some up in no time as this recipe is so easy! This sweet rice cake is a popular dessert to bring for potlucks and events, and it’s so special being able to make this traditional dessert for Chinese New Year (or any time of the year like I do)!
The recipe calls for only six ingredients: glutinous rice flour, baking powder, milk or coconut milk (I like using a can of coconut milk and topping it up with 3% milk), eggs, vegetable oil, and sugar! Pictured below is the glutinous rice flour that I like to buy from my local Asian grocery store (T&T and even Superstore). Coconut milk gives the rice cake a delicious and rich coconut flavour!
You simply put all the ingredients in a bowl…
And mix them all together! The girls love helping me mix when we bake together!
Pour the batter into a greased pan. Then you bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes!
And voila, your baked rice cake is finished! So incredibly easy, right?
The outside crust is crispy while the inside is chewy! It is such a delicious and simple dessert!
- 1 bag glutinous rice flour (400 g)
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 1/2 cups milk or coconut milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9″ or 9″ x 13″ cake pan.
- Mix all the ingredients until batter is smooth.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.
- Serve warm or cold.
Have fun making your own baked rice cakes, and have a wonderful Chinese New Year, everyone! Our pups can’t wait to dig in! If you would like to crochet your own dogs, check out the step-by-step blog post HERE and the free pattern HERE!
Enjoy this scrumptious treat and let me know if you’ll be giving this recipe a try!