Steam Cupcakes: Apam dot dot

Magdalenas al vapor (Apam dot dot)

Steam Cupcakes (Apam dot dot)

Last week my oven broke down. But do not think that I was affected by that. In fact I am a grown up brave girl and just cried for a few hours. Once I overcame the initial disappointment, I told myself, Gloria Gaynor-like: I will survive! After all, there was life before the oven, for years I had used it just to store the pans that did not fit in dish drawers. So I did a little bit of research on Google and I found these cuties, which are called Apam Dot Dot… dotted steam cupcakes for us, which meant I could keep eating cupcakes even if the oven had passed to a better life (far from me)

I adapted the recipe, to avoid using “ovalette”, which is a widely used cake stabilizer in Malaysia and Singapore, supposed to provide a great fluffiness to cakes. Among its ingredients: monoglyceride, polyglycerol, sorbitol, and lots of strange things, so I chose to do without. (I prefer no additives or chemicals in my food). I therefore changed the recipe to achieve a soft, airy spongy cake texture by beating the eggs a lot to create an airy dough

Magdalenas al vapor (Apam dot dot)Magdalenas al vapor (Apam dot dot)

Magdalenas al vapor (Apam dot dot)Magdalenas al vapor (Apam dot dot)

{Steam cupcakes: Apam Dot Dot}

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 15 min

Yield: 12 cupcakes


  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g sugar
  • 150 ml milk
  • 300 g flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbs powdered strawberry (Recipe here)
  • 12 tsp your favourite jam (I used cherry jam)


  1. Heat up steamer. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed, until doubled in size, light and fluffy
  2. Add milk, and fold in flour and baking powder, until combined
  3. Divide the batter in two, and colour them as you like (As I wanted to avoid using artificial colouring, I added 3 tbs powdered strawberries
  4. Put the white batter and the pink batter in two piping bags. Put cupcake liners in glass/ foil/silicone moulds or small bowls ( make sure these are heatproof and won’t crack) so that the cupcake liners will not wet when cooked
  5. Press some batter onto the cupcake liners (about 1/3 capacity). Put 1 tsp jam filling, and cover with more batter (until 3/4 capacity). Finally, dot with a different color batter.
  6. Make sure water is boiling, and steam over medium low heat for 10-15 minutes
  7. Let them cool on a wire rack


  • You might use cocoa powder instead of powdered strawberry
  • If you want to store them, the best way is to freeze them
  • If you do not have a steamer, I have read some people prepare them with a frying pan
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56 Comments a “Steam Cupcakes: Apam dot dot”

  1. 17 October 2012, 1:46 pm - Y

    Oh these are super cute! Wishing your oven a speedy recovery..x

  2. 17 October 2012, 1:47 pm - SandeeA

    ha ha thank you! : )

  3. 17 October 2012, 8:57 pm - Fabiola

    I love your blog!! and your photos are beautiful!!

  4. 18 October 2012, 12:55 am - Kiran @

    As a Malaysian, I love apam and its been a while since I had it. Love your twist on a classic recipe :)

  5. 18 October 2012, 1:59 am - Tami

    Seriously? Those are the cutest things ever! I want to make them!

  6. 18 October 2012, 5:05 am - Amanda

    Love your healthier version on our Malaysian Apams :) :)

  7. 18 October 2012, 9:17 am - Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting

    Such a beautiful idea!

  8. 18 October 2012, 4:13 pm - Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

    Really nice cupcakes! I would like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes & ideas blog if you agree. Best regards

  9. 18 October 2012, 4:43 pm - Fifi

    Hi there, what kind of flour can be used? All purpose flour?
    Thanks… Will try this recipe soon.

  10. 19 October 2012, 9:39 am - Debra

    Those are amazing.

  11. 19 October 2012, 5:03 pm - heartsy

    I love that you switched to all natural ingredients. Great adaptation & cute cupcakes! Dangerous too, I would probably eat a whole batch since they’re mini!

  12. 20 October 2012, 4:41 pm - SandeeA

    Yes, I used all purpose flour :)

  13. 20 October 2012, 4:42 pm - SandeeA

    Thank you for your comments! :)

  14. 21 October 2012, 3:55 am - Nina

    These look wonderful and I REALLY want to make them. What do you mean by a steamer? A pot with boiling water with an insert that has holes in it? Do you put on a lid? Thanks :)

  15. 30 October 2012, 12:59 pm - Suann

    I just tried this recipe. I found it super hard to dot wif the color batter. The dots are too big on the cupcake. Is it my cupcake liners are too small. And the dot turn out not in round shape. Is there any tricks?

  16. 30 October 2012, 1:37 pm - SandeeA

    I do not know, my cupcake liners were normal size… About the dots, maybe your batter was too thick.
    anyway if you have a look at the people that prepared the recipe you will see most of them got perfect dots, do not know what happenend to you exactly, sorry :/

  17. 1 November 2012, 9:45 am - Suann

    Thank you for your reply. And the cupcake turn out very hard n not look nice. Do you think it is because i add too caster sugar and the amount is too less? and also is it better if i use weak flour? Do i also need to let the batter to sit in the cupcake liner for 15 mins before i put into steamer?

  18. 1 November 2012, 10:21 pm - Rowena (Apron and Sneakers)

    I had to stare at your beautiful cupcakes for some time before writing. They’re the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen. I will try to make and wish they will come out like yours.

  19. 26 November 2012, 4:35 pm - Raihan

    I really excited with the word ‘Apam’! It’s a traditional Malaysian recipes 😀

  20. 23 January 2013, 2:03 am - Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    These are so cute! I bet they’re really yummy too!

  21. 2 February 2013, 6:17 am - Taneith Lanyon

    these look truely delish. i will be trying them.
    i just adore your blog it’s one of my faves. your recipies are as magical as your photos.
    thankyou for making me smile more times than you know.


  22. 26 February 2013, 1:07 pm - Paula

    I love the way you tell us about your oven that has passed away. Quite amusing way of writing. These cupcakes look delicious. I like that you altered the recipe to avoid chemicals because I am sceptical about these things as well. Thank you very much!

  23. 21 March 2013, 12:21 pm - Ines

    Wow! They’re so cuties!:D I take the recipe!:)

  24. 6 April 2013, 5:32 am - Victoria

    Wow! These look fabulous. Just found your blog. Love it.

  25. 18 April 2013, 8:29 pm - Sharyl Forster

    Maybe I’ll start baking again.

  26. 22 April 2013, 5:59 am - irma

    Definitivamente lo voy a tratar se ven riquísimos!!

  27. 27 April 2013, 7:17 am - Mary

    where or where did you get those cute little plaid spoons from?

  28. 10 July 2013, 7:52 am - JenLynnAsh

    I was wondering if I could make these polka-dot cupcakes just normal in the oven.

  29. 16 August 2013, 8:55 am - Gill Richards

    Thanks for sharing. Any idea where I can purchase cupcake cases. They look strong enough not to pull away with the steam. Online?

  30. 16 August 2013, 8:57 am - Gill Richards

    Where can I purchase cases…stronger than normal so won’t pull away when steamed? Online? Thanks.

  31. 4 September 2013, 7:20 pm - menningen liên

    Gorgeous, splendid, tasty, fruity, what a talent, thank you for sharing, have a nice day, liên:)

  32. 9 October 2013, 8:12 am - 6584885997

    Is there any alternative to sugar?can we eliminate the sugar in the recipe?

  33. 12 October 2013, 6:34 pm - Nini. A

    I love your twist on this recipe! so i tried it out myself cause im not a huge fan of ovalette.

    One question, did your apam turned out hard and very dense? i sifted the flour and folded the flour but mine came out very dense.

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    What is a “steamer”? It is obviously something for the stove but in the US we use that term for so many things, so could you explain? Gracias!

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  54. 20 February 2015, 1:36 am - Lisa Fong

    I tried mixing all the ingredients together and the final product, before I added food coloring was really thick. (sort of sticky dough like) And in your pictures your totoros look glossy wet. Am I doing something wrong? Or is that normal.

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  56. 13 October 2015, 4:24 pm - angel

    Hi.. i tried your recipe but the dots where either out of shape aftr steaming or the patterns din stay as drawn. Thy kinda mixed wit the batter :(
    Taste was yummy!!
    Can you let me know where i went wrong?

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