Recipe: Bengkang Pandan

For the past few days we have been staying with a Malay family. Every night they make a traditional Malay dessert, called Bengkang pandan cake. We had to get the recipe and share!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups pandan juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1 cup if you like it very sweet)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon green food coloring (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for the sesame seeds.
  3. Oil a 8×8 pan and pour in mixture.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, then sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
  6. Let cool, cut and enjoy.

You can find pandan leaves in most Asian food stores. The leaves are known as hala in Hawaii and sometimes called screw-pine leaves in other countries.


Can’t find pandan? Substitute 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder mixed with 3 cups of water to make a delicious chocolate cake!

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