Baked Nian Gao

  • 01 of 08

    Baked Nian Gao

    Nian Gao Cake In Plate On Table
    Nian Gao Cake (Chinese New Year Cake). Getty Images/Olive Loei/EyeEm

    Classic Nian Gao is a steamed cake that does not contain eggs, milk or other ingredients typically found in a standard cake batter, Baked Nian Gao, on the other hand, is a good recipe for those who are uncomfortable with steaming and prefer a more "cake-like" cake batter.

    The two main ingredients in Nian Gao -- baked or steamed -- are red azuki beans and glutinous rice flour, also called sticky rice flour. Both are available in Chinese/Asian supermarkets.​
    Baked Nian Gao (Lunar New Year Cake) Recipe

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  • 02 of 08

    Getting Everything Ready

    Preparing a pan for Baked Nian Gao
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a paper towel to rub a small amount of oil over a 9 X 9-inch baking pan or spray the pan lightly with Pam. (Note: you can also use a deep-sided 9 X 13-inch baking dish).

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  • 03 of 08

    Begin Mixing the Ingredients

    Making Baked Nian Gao
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Mix everything but the beans with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.

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  • 04 of 08

    Continue Mixing the Ingredients

    Making Baked Nian Gao
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Beat for 2 more minutes at high speed. The batter should have a milkshake-like consistency.

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  • 05 of 08

    Begin Baking the Batter

    Making Baked Nian Gao
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Spread 1/2 to 3/4 of the batter on the bottom of the baking pan.

    Bake in the preheated oven until the batter is just beginning to set (about 10 minutes). Remove the pan from the oven.

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    Add the Red Beans

    Making Baked Nian Gao
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Add the red azuki beans. Since the batter isn't fully set, the beans will sink in a bit -- this is fine. Don't worry about trying to spread them out in an even layer over top.

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    Add the Rest of the Batter and Continue Baking

    Making Baked Nian Gao
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Add the remaining batter over top of the beans. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes -- the Baked Nian Gao is done when a chopstick or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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  • 08 of 08

    You're Done!

    Making Baked Nian Gao
    Baked Nian Gao. Rhonda Parkinson

    Cut the cake into equal pieces (not too large, as it is rather heavy) and serve. Enjoy!

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