Baked Chinese New Year Cake

Baked Chinese New Year Cake
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Baked Chinese New Year Cake

Baked Chinese New Year Cake recipe

Nian Gao, a Lunar New Year cake made of rice flour and sugar, is traditionally steamed. This recipe uses butter, eggs, and milk and is baked in the oven.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 16 ounces of mochiko sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 to 1 3/4 cup of sugar (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • You can azuki red beans


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil or spray a 9" x 13" baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all ingredients except the beans and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Continue to beat at high speed for another 2 minutes
    3. Sprinkle the remaining Mochiko flour into the pan, followed by half of the batter.
    4. Distribute the red azuki beans on top. (If the beans are too thick to spread, mix some batter into them.)
    5. Spread the remaining batter over the red azuki beans. Cooking time should be 40-50 minutes. Insert a wand to test for doneness (this is a Lunar New Year cake, after all!). It's finished if it comes out clean.


  • Working with glutinous rice flour for the first time can be difficult because it does not perform identically to other flours. The batter should be quite liquid, similar to the consistency of a milkshake. As it cooks, the glutinous rice flour absorbs the water. When you add the azuki beans, they will sink into the batter slightly, which is fine.

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