Pandan Cotton Cake with Gula Melaka Swiss Meringue Buttercream – 2



This is not new but it seems to be a very popular cake, so I am sharing the recipe again.  I made this cake for my hubby’s good friend’s birthday and everyone just loves it. I think it’s combination of flavours that is familiar and comforting for us Malaysians. Pandan, gula Melaka and coconut just go together well!


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Yield:  Two 7 inches round cakes


174g cake flour or all purposed flour

1/2 tsp double action baking powder or baking powder

½ tsp salt


8 egg yolks (large size)

106g vegetable oil

66g fresh milk

66g pandan juice (screw-pine leaves juice), very thick and concentrated juice.


8 egg white (large size)

106g caster sugar

1/2 tsp cream of tartar



  1. Preheat oven to 170C.
  2. Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Combine fresh milk and pandan paste. Set aside.
  4. Heat corn oil in sauce pan over low heat then add in the shifted flour mixture and mix well. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Then add in milk and pandan mixture, mix with spatula until all incorporated. Gradually add in the egg yolk, stirring with a spatula or hand whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg white until frothy before adding cream of tartar and continue to beat until foamy. Gradually add in sugar and whisk until firm peaks formed (firm peaks is between soft peaks and stiff peaks).
  6. Mix 1/3 of meringue with yolk batter with a spatula. Add another 1/3 portion and fold gently. Then pour in balance of meringue. Fold gently using a spatula until well incorporated.
  7. Pour the batter into the 2 prepared round tin and tap tin lightly to remove air bubbles.
  8. Baked in water bath at 170C for 30 to 35 minutes. Then another 40 minutes at 150C.
  9. Remove from the oven and drop the pan at a height of 10 cm onto a table top. This will prevent cake from sinking.
  10. Unmould as soon as you can. To remove the cake from the pan, run a thin-bladed knife around the inside of the pan and invert the cake on non stick baking paper. Peel off baking paper from the base and re-invert onto a rack to cool.





Gula Melaka Caramel:
100g gula melaka, crushed or chopped
4 pandan leaves, tied a knot
50ml of water

Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
6 large egg whites
160g caster sugar
300g butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt



To prepare Gula Melaka Caramel:

  1. Combine gula melaka, pandan leave and water in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Keep on stiring until all the sugar has melted and reduce slightly. Remove from heat, strain & discard the pandan leaves. Keep aside to cool. The syrup will thicken as it cools.

To prepare Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

  1. Cut the butter into cubes. Set aside to room temperature.
  2. Combine egg white and sugar in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the base of the bowl is not touching the water. Whisk with hand whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Rub between your fingers to check if there is any unmelted sugar.
  3. Transfer the egg white mixture to a bowl of mixer. With Whisk attachment, beat over high speed until stiff peaks and the mixture has cooled to room temperature.
  4. Turn down the speed and add in the butter cube gradually then turn to high speed. Beat until the mixture comes together. At one stage, it will look as it is curdled.  But, keep going and it will combine into a smooth buttercream.  You may change to Paddle attachment. But, I did not.
  5. Add in salt and vanilla extract until well incorporated.
  6. Turn down the speed and in gula melaka one teaspoon at a time. Scrap the bowl with spatula and beat until all well combined. I used all the gula melaka caramel.  You are not required to use all the gula melaka caramel.





Dried coconut flakes

Tools:  Cake board, cake turntable, off-set spatula, icing smoother, piping bags, round tip nozzle and swirls nozzle.



  1. Cut the dome off from the cake if necessary and place on a cake board. Place the cake on turntable.  Spread a layer of Gula Melaka Swiss Meringue Buttercream (GSMB) on top of the cake. Then stake the second cake on top. Crumb coat the entire cake and leave in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Place GSMB in a piping bag fitted with a plain round tip.
  3. Pipe rings around the cake starting from the bottom till the top.
  4. Once finished piping, use an off-set spatula to smooth the top.  Then smooth the excess icing at side of the cake too.
  5. Even out the icing at the side with an icing smoother by placing the smoother lightly on the cake with bottom touching the turntable and spin the turntable around.  Repeat few times until the icing is smooth and even.
  6. Smooth the top again with the same off-set spatula until even.
  7. Sprinkle whole cake with coconut flakes and pipe swirls.

Bake With Paws


  1. Hi, tqvm for a wonderful recipe.. may I know if there is an additional whole egg together with the egg yolks? Recipe has 8 egg yolks but method mention egg yolks and whole egg. Thank you for ur kind attention.

    • Hi, Thank you for visiting Bake with Paws. Sorry for the confusion. Please ignore the whole egg. My first trial I used additional 1 whole egg. But, the result is the same without whole egg. So, I omitted 1 whole egg and forgot to delete off from the method. Thanks

  2. Morning, I have view the method. But one of the sentence I don’t understand. ‘Gradually add in the egg yolk and whole egg mixture’ what’s that mean. As I know the recipe request only for 8 egg yolks and whole egg mixture where come from 😊😊

    • Hi, Thank you for visiting Bake with Paws. Sorry for the confusion. My first trial I used additional 1 whole egg. But, the result is the same without whole egg. So, I omitted 1 whole egg and forgot to delete off from the method. Please ignore the whole egg. Thanks

  3. Hi, may I know where do you get the dry coconut? Thank you. Going to make this cake for my friend’s birthday.

    • Hi, thank you for dropping by Bake with Paws. You can get it from House of Ingredients in Kepong. It is called Hawaii Coconut Flakes.
      Happy baking:)

      • Thank you so much for your reply but I live in penang. Will try to find it in the local bakery supply. May I know if this method of mixing the flour with oil makes stronger structure cake that withstand the weight of the cream? Do you think I can change milk to fresh coconut milk to make it more fragrant? Thank you.

        • Hi Mabel,

          The cooking flour method will produce soft and fine cake. Yes, you may replace fresh milk with coconut milk. But, not necessary as the fresh concentrated pandan juice already added enough fragrant to the cake. Thanks

  4. Hi dear, may I know how much should I use if I were to use the concentrated Pandan essence for 6″ cake? I have it so it timing in my fridge already. Do I need to replace the balance liquid with water or milk?

    Thank you so much for your time.

    • Hi dear, Thank you for visiting Bake with Paws. I am not sure as I never used Pandan essence before. Yes, you can replace the balance liquid with milk. Thanks

  5. I tried this and it was so goodddd..i want to ask, how to convert this recipe into cupcakes? And do the temp and baking time are still the same?

    • Hi, Thank you for trying this recipe and glad to hear that you like it. You may try at the same temperature. But, cut down baking time to 15 mins. After 15 minutes, test with the skewer. If it is not ready, then continue baking for another 5 or 10 minutes. This is just a guideline. Please adjust according to your oven. I hope it helps. Happy baking:)

  6. Hi, i plan to bake this cake for my mil birthday. Is it ok if i decorate the whole cake with the smbc? Will it be too sweet?

    • Hi Jennifer, Thank you for dropping by. Yes, of course it is ok. I don’t think it will be too sweet to me. However, it is very up to individual.
      Happy baking😊

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