Malay Cake / Ma Lai Go 馬拉糕 / Chinese Sponge Cake

Malay Cake Ma Lai Go

Easy step by step video to show you how to make Malay Cake / Ma Lai Go 馬拉糕 / Chinese Sponge Cake in your Instant Pot

Learn how to make dim sum malay cake like a pro using this easy Malay Cake / Ma Lai Go (馬拉糕) / Chinese Sponge Cake recipe and your Instant Pot. One bite into this cake will bring you back to times of eating dim sum at restaurants 😀


Malay Cake / Ma Lai Go 馬拉糕

Malay Cake / Ma Lai Go 馬拉糕 / Chinese Sponge Cake

Soft and spongy with melt in your mouth custard taste. This cake goes well on it's own or with a nice cup of tea.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Time to Pressurize 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 12


  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons cake and pastry flour (1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • Beat eggs until fluffy.
    2 large eggs
  • Then add sugar and mix.
    6 tablespoons white sugar
  • Add milk, oil and vanilla extract and mix.
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 3 tablespoons evaporated milk, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sift dry ingredients and mix with rest of batter until just combined.
    10 tablespoons cake and pastry flour, 2 tablespoons custard powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pour into 6" pan.
  • Open Instant Pot. Add water, trivet, then pan to Instant Pot liner.
  • Close Instant Pot. Select Cake function high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • When done, quick release or release naturally (NPR). Either way works.



  • Fits 1 Round Pan 6" diameter and 2.5" high.
  • Remember to not over mix or the batter will lose all the air pockets and the cake will come out hard and deflated.
  • If steaming from stove top, make sure the water is boiling, then steam on high for 40 minutes.


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