Ingredients

  • Serves 2-4 people
  • 75 ml warm water

  • 6 g instant yeast

  • Batter Ingredients:

    150 g tapioca flour

  • 75 g wheat flour

  • 150 g sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 30 g margarine, melted

  • 3 g salt

  • 150 ml thick coconut milk

  • 150 ml water

  • 1 stick lemongrass

  • 4 kaffir lime leaves

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Bika Ambon (Honeycomb Cake)
Recipe Courtesy of
Darmawan

Bika Ambon (Honeycomb Cake)

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Bika Ambon comes from Medan, Indonesia and it’s light with a smoky, caramelized sweetness. Made with tapioca flour, eggs, spices, and thick coconut milk, this chewy and light cake is leavened, and tastes of caramel and rich coconut milk.The yeast creates honeycomb-like holes in the cake that makes this cake light and airy, despite the richness of the coconut milk.
  • Easy
  • 40 min
  • 40 min
  • 10 min
  • 5 steps
  • 13 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 5 steps
  • 13 Ingredients
  • 40 min
  • 40 min
  • 10 min

Directions

  1. Start the yeast

    • Add yeast and warm water into a bowl and stir until the yeast dissolves. 

    • Cover using plastic wrap and let stand for 15 minutes until the yeast expands to twice the volume or foams.


  2. Cook the coconut milk

    • Using a medium sized saucepan, cook the coconut milk with water, sugar salt, turmeric powder, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves until it comes to a boil.

    • Once it boils, take it off the heat. Let it cool to room temperature, and strain it.

    Cook the coconut milk


  3. Making Bika Ambon batter

    • Prepare a medium sized bowl. Add in the flour, and tapioca flour. Slowly pour the cooled coconut milk while stirring until there are no lumps of flour.

    • Add the eggs and margarine, stir until evenly distributed.

    • Then add the yeast, and stir again until evenly distributed. Cover using plastic wrapping, and let stand for 30 minutes until the dough rises.

    Make sure the instant yeast is still active, otherwise the cake won’t rise.

    Making Bika Ambon batter


  4. Cook the batter until golden brown

    • Prepare a Bika Ambon mold with the capacity of 75 grams. Then heat it until it's really hot. Once it is well heated, reduce the heat.

    • Pour about 75 ml of the Bika Ambon batter. Cook the Bika Ambon until the sides are golden brown and cooked. Then remove and set aside.

     

    When baking Bika Ambon, avoid placing the mold directly over high heat because it usually burns quickly.

    Cook the batter until golden brown


Plate and Serve!

  • Prepare a serving plate, then arrange the Bika Ambon on the plate and serve.

Grated cheese and chocolate can be added during serving.

Plate and Serve!
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    Ingredients
    • Serves 2-4 people
    • 75 ml warm water

    • 6 g instant yeast

    • Batter Ingredients:

      150 g tapioca flour

    • 75 g wheat flour

    • 150 g sugar

    • 3 eggs

    • 30 g margarine, melted

    • 3 g salt

    • 150 ml thick coconut milk

    • 150 ml water

    • 1 stick lemongrass

    • 4 kaffir lime leaves

    • 1 tsp turmeric powder

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