Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ants' Nest Cake/Kuih Sarang Semut

A childhood delight, this cake was seen frequently at bakeries when I was growing up. However, as the years go by, Ants Nest cake/Honeycomb Cake is not easily found on streets.

The name itself is intriguing. I'm guessing, it's called Ants Nest as the little bubbles/holes resembles one. While the other name of this is "honeycomb" it is more like a rich caramel cake. Oh, backed by the ever favourite used of condensed milk!

This recipe is the reason why I bought Adam Liew's Two Asian Kitchens recipe book. I was so excited that I found a recipe AND it looks easy for me to follow.

The result is a soft and moist cake. The caramel hits me at every bite. It's seriously addictive.

Ants' Nest Cake

220 grams castor sugar
85 butter softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs at room temperature
125 ml condensed milk
150 grams plain flour
1/2 tsp of bicarb soda

Put the sugar in a saucepan over gentle heat. Swirl it ocassionally till it melts into a dark sexy looking caramel. Then lower heat further and add 250 ml of water. Stand back when you do this as it will split. Stir till no lumps remain. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 170C. Line and grease a 18cm round cake pan.

Cream butter and vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk eggs well. Then add eggs, condensed milk and caramel to the creamed butter. Whisk to combine.

Add flour and bicarb. Whisk it to combine.

Pour batter into cake tin. Bake for 50 mins or so till cake becomes springy in the centre when you touch it. Leave it to cool in tin, then run knife around the edge before turning it out.



tigerfish said...

There is this Indonesia honeycomb kuih/cake that I like and not sure if it is the same as this!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

yum yum, delicious honey comb cake. Loves the caramel taste.

lena said...

oh, never had this before..dont think i've seen one too. I love many sorts of kuehs , caramel sounds lovely,i think i would love this one too!

Joanne said...

Oh man that looks so incredibly deliciously moist. Amazing.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yum! I need a slice of this right now!!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I've never heard of this name cake before. It's kind of interesting to use that as a name of food. =) I honestly care more about taste than name though. Haha. Looks really simple but delicious Daphene!!!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I can just taste the caramel flavor and the little holes that lend itself perfect to the flavor of the milk, etc. I love it! Looks so good and the name is too cute

Quay Po Cooks said...

Moist cake with caramel? I will wait on you for 1 day to exchange for a piece of your kuih sarang semut!

Three-Cookies said...

This looks interesting, I didn't see it in KL when I visited. I guess with condensed milk it would be super delicious.

babe_kl said...

Gosh thanks for posting the recipes, it really looks yummilicious. I'm so happy I met Adam Liaw, he's such a nice guy! Haven't seen his book yet in KL :(

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