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Ants’ Nest Cake

“This recipe is from Adam Liaw‘s first book, also known as Honeycomb Cake or Kuih Sarang Semut which literally translates into ants’ nest cake. It has a lovely dark caramel flavour, and is soft and always *moist*.”

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Ants’ Nest Cake

Ants’ Nest Cake

Firstly, if you haven’t been receiving emails / RSS feeds, all should be fixed now! One little line of code, and everything shuts down.

Secondly, Chinese New Year is officially over. Happy year of the horse to you all. May it be a prosperous and joyous one. My family waited till the last day of new year this year to have our big feast. Home-cooked by my amazing aunty/god mother who never fails to put on a feast better than any restaurant IN THE WORLD. I may be *slightly* biased. Everything from faux shark fin soup, to twice fried quail, the most extravagant lobster noodles, roast pork, prawns, vegetables, and of course yeesang. I always eat so much, I usually am food coma-ing with the 2nd course in. 

Then of course there are the desserts. Back in the day it was homemade ais kacang, and I would always look forward to shaving the ice with the ice shaving device my aunty had. It was hard work but oh how I loved it. I never ate it, but I loved making the ice!

This year I made one of my aunt’s favourite cakes. I made this once a few years ago, and she totes loved it; she had a big smile when I walked through the door with this one on Friday. 

It’s from Adam Liaw‘s first book, also known as Honeycomb Cake or Kuih Sarang Semut which literally translates into ants’ nest cake. It has a lovely dark caramel flavour, and is soft and always *moist*.

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Ingredients
  1. 220g caster sugar
  2. 85g unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 4 eggs, at room temperature
  5. 125ml condensed milk
  6. 150g plain flour
  7. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
Instructions
  1. Put the sugar into a medium saucepan and heat gently, swirling the pan occasionally, until melted to a dark caramel. Reduce the heat to low and add 250ml water (it will spit, so stand back). The caramel will solidify but continue to stir over low heat until no lumps remain and you have a thin liquid caramel. Set aside to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Grease an 18cm round cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Cream the butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl until the butter becomes slightly pale.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until well combined. Add the eggs, condensed milk and caramel to the creamed butter and whisk to combine. Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda and use the whisk to gently stir into the butter mixture. Don't worry that the butter doesn't mix in evenly - this is how it should be.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the tin and leave for a minute or two.
  5. Bake for 50 minute or until the cake is springy to a gentle touch in the centre. Leave to cool in the tin, then run a knife around the edge before turning out.
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9 comments on “Ants’ Nest Cake
  1. Amanda - February 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing very nice site!

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  2. msihua - February 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Ooh yours looks so much daintier and less holes than when I made mine 😛

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  3. Joanne T Ferguson - February 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

    G’day! I must admit your title caught my eye right away Shellie, true!
    Looks very moist and delish! Wish could come through the screen and try some now too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  4. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - February 18, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I’m glad to know you haven’t been slacking off and it’s just been a mail issue. :) I love this ant’s nest cake – it does look quite like an ant nest. :)

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  5. Gourmet Getaways - February 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    What a delicious looking cake, I have never heard of it before? Looks like I will have to try it :)

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  6. The Hungry Mum - February 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Have never heard of this sort of cake but it sounds & looks amazing.

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  7. Padaek - February 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Great looking cake! :) And it does look like an ants nest/farm. I love the use of condensed milk in it – pretty sure the ants will love it too. Have a great day! :)

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  8. Sara - February 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Love the look of this and no ants involved ;p

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