Pandan Kaya Cake



This cake mainly adapted from Jeannie Tay and Kitchen Tigress, yields a very soft fragrant custard. I like it a lot.


My adaptation is to use some of the coconut milk to extract the Pandan. But you can also use pandan paste to simplify things. The inner cake can also be varied. I last paired it with Gula Melaka chiffon and the pairing was delicious.

Recipe (for 8″ round cake tin, both a 2-layer or 3-layer cake is possible)


  • Prepare a round 8″ cake ahead using recipe from here (pandan) or the here (Gula Melaka) or your own.

Note: I baked the exact 7″ recipe in a 8″ round tin at 160 deg C for 45 min, so that there will be space later for the Pandan Kaya custard. Slice into 2 or 3 layers after it has cooled completely. Slice away the brown top layer if that bothers you.


Pandan Kaya Custard

  • 350g of pandan coconut mixture (from 12 blades of leaves, blended with 80g of water, and 270g coconut milk. See steps below.)
  • 80g – 90g of mung bean or Hun Kwee powder as shown (green coloured ones are also available)


  • 660g water
  • 1.5 tsp agar agar powder
  • 55g butter
  • 125g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Some dessicated coconut and butter cream or chocolate ganache for deco


1. Blend 80g water and Pandan leaves into a paste. Mix in about half the coconut milk into paste and stir with whisk or fork till evenly mixed.

2. Squeeze pandan paste with hands over a sieve, placed over a bowl to extract the Pandan mixture. Finally add in rest of coconut and mix. Measure out a total of 350g pandan coconut mixture.

(Easy way for steps 1 & 2 using Pandan Extract/ Essence – Add 80g water to 270g of coconut milk. Add 1 tsp of green pandan extract/ paste and few drops of yellow colouring to achieve your desired look.)


3. To this pandan coconut mixture, add the mung bean powder and stir to dissolve. Set this bowl aside.


4. In a heavy pot, add water, sugar, butter, salt and agar agar and set aside for 20 min, so agar agar can dissolve better. Then, heat with gentle flames till agar agar has dissolved. Do not allow to boil for long.

5. This is a crucial step, the agar agar must dissolve completely. I use a spoon to scoop out the mixture to check many times with my fingers. There were often particles of agar agar still not dissolved that cannot be easily seen with the eye. If not fully dissolved, the custard witll not set and the whole cake will fail.


6. Take pot off the stove. Add in Pandan mixture. Stir to combine.


7. Return to stove on low heat, stir constantly with hand whisk till the mixture thickens which is just a few minutes. It should be able to coat the spatula and sides of the pot. Let it cool for a few minutes, but check that texture is still liquidy and able to flow.


8. Take a clean 8″ cake tin. Rinse with water and shake off excess.


9. Put cake tin on an ice pack. Pour in some of Pandan kaya, about 300+g for 3-layer or 400g for 2-layer. Follow by placing cake layer. Press gently with fingers to prevent cake from floating and wait about 30 sec.


10.Pour in another layer of Pandan kaya and repeat above step. Remember to press cake layer gently for 30 seconds to prevent floating. Pour in rest of Pandan kaya. Repeat one more time if you have a 3-layer cake. Always pour about 300g for 3 layer cake and 400g for 2 layer cake.



10. Allow the cake to cool, then fridge over night in chiller, or at least 5 hours.

11. The next morning, overturn the cake onto a cake board. I placed a metal plate of hot water on top of cake tin and the cake took some time to finally slide out. You can also wrap the sides with a hot towel. On another attempt, I roll the cake tin on its side and the cake readily detach due to gravity. It slid out on its own.



12. Decorate as you like.





26 Comments Add yours

  1. Annie Tan says:


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  2. Rachel says:

    If I’m using a 6.5″ round tin, how much should I reduce the quantities?


    1. oladybakes says:

      Usually, i just divide the area (pi x radius x radius) of the 2 tins. Then use the number to multiply all ingredients.


  3. Jessy says:

    Do i need to boil the agar agar powder mixture till boilingand bubbling?


    1. oladybakes says:

      Not necessary, or a short while of boiling is also ok.


  4. Jessy says:

    May i know this pandan kaya texture is hard like agar agar or soft like custard?
    If soft, will it difficult to carry?

    Thx a lot.


    1. oladybakes says:

      It’s like a soft agar agar. Not hard to carry at all.


  5. Anne says:

    Hi for water butter mixture use up all the 660g water?


    1. oladybakes says:

      Yes, that’s right.


  6. Chrissie says:

    The cake is baked in an 8 in round cake pan. It is also assembled with the pandan kaya in the same 8 in pan. Will there be enough room at the sides for the pandan kaya to coat the cake?


    1. oladybakes says:

      The cake will shrink slightly. Also you can trim the edges a little.


  7. MB says:

    Can i use corn flour to subsitute Hun Kwee powder?


    1. oladybakes says:

      Texture will be different.


  8. pauline says:

    What kind of coconut milk did you use? Can I use the packet type such as Kara coconut cream??


    1. oladybakes says:

      Yes that’s what I used too.


  9. JY says:

    Hi, I really love your recipes and bakes. I tried this twice, the first time the kaya was too mushy. The second time the sponge was soaked. How do you ensure the sponge is dry when pouring the layers? It’s really difficult!


    1. oladybakes says:

      Not sure why sponge is soaked. For kaya, you can try to cook a little longer, make sure all agar agar has dissolved, so kaya will set properly.


  10. Christine says:

    You mentioned that uou baked the 7″ recipe in a 8″ tin. Did you meant baking a 8″ recipe in a 7″ tin instead?


    1. Anthony says:

      Thanks for the recipe. Would like to try out baking this cake. Can I bake it the cake on a 7 inch round tray but dressed in an 8 inch round tray?


      1. oladybakes says:

        cake will shrink a little after bake, there will be a lot of space in the 8″, not sure if enough kaya to fill the space. But, you can try.


  11. Christine says:

    You mentioned that you baked the 7″ recipe in a 8″ tin. Did you meant baking a 8″ recipe in a 7″ tin instead?
    Do you have to keep the custard warm in a hot water bath?


    1. oladybakes says:

      No mistake, 7″ recipe in 8″ tin, so cake will be shorter and leave space for custard later.
      No need for hot water bath.


  12. Fiona Lok says:

    What height is your 8″ inch round tin? Is 2″inch too short for the whole cake?


    1. oladybakes says:

      That’s too short, mine is around 3 inch.


  13. Fiona Lok says:

    Do you have to use a loose base tin to bake the pandan cake so that it can release? And do you use the same loose base tin to put in the pandan custard?
    Or just a regular 8inch tin is fine (without loose base) for both cake and assembly?


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