I went crazy last week. To be precise, pandan-cake crazy. I had this sudden desire to have pandan cake and the madman fanatic determination to "get it right". Hence, there went hours of research, looking at recipes, comparing recipes, reading comments and learning from peoples' mistakes etc. These efforts did not prevent me from having the sorrow of my first two cakes "exploding". Ok, sounds funny, but it really exploded! The whole cake rose so much that it overflowed the cake tin and there was a huge air bubble on the inside. It was brown on the outside but moist on the inside and not at all "airy".
Ok, fine.... so I didn´t have all the ingredients. I didn´t have "cream of tartar", "sponge cake stabilizer" and "pandan paste". All the essentials ABCs of a pandan cake. I squeezed the pandan juice out myself straight from fresh pandan leaves. Unfortunately, the green colour was no match for the yellow from the egg yolks. My first "semi-successful" pandan cake turned out yellow, but at least the texture was there....soft, airy and "chiffony". And of course I had to forget to add the "pandan essence" so the flavour wasn´t strong enough. Nevertheless, I was so relieved and happy that I finally found a recipe that worked (with my skills, oven etc.) Yup, I had to change recipe and adjust proportions before having a cake that didn´t explode! Shall wait for Cyn to send me the pandan essentials and try it again with all the right ingredients....should be better after like my 10th pandan cake attempt. Oh and for those who don´t know, pandan cake is like 9 egg whites and 8 egg yolks, plus coconut too! So next time you wanna gorge on these goodies, think again! Each slice is like 1 egg!