Recipe: Pandan Cupcakes

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These pandan cupcakes call for a really simple recipe and requires just one extra thing to be added to any old cupcake or muffin recipe, pandan extract.

I have been massively craving the flavours from home ever since moving to Norway and have been trying to replicate some of the  delicious Malaysian and South East Asian foods one meal at a time. The ingredients are not hard to find since there are many Thai, Phillipino and Indonesian people living here, but I still always get excited when I find something in the asian grocer that I miss from home.

This time, it was pandan of course!

Norvina sells both fresh pandan leaves and pandan extract. Since I didn’t plan or know how to make anything pandan flavoured at the time I saw the pandan goods, I decided to get a bottole of extract as it lasts longer in the pantry.

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After doing a little bit of research, Icame up with the following recipe:


110g Flour
35ml Oil
65g Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pandan Extract
2 Eggs
2 tsp Baking soda
125 ml milk

You can of course replace the pandan extract with real pandan juice that you can make yourself from the leaves. You would probably need about half a cup of it.



1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius fan forced for 10-15 mintues. Prepare cupcake tin or cupcake molds.

2. Whisk eggs and brown sugar thoroughly in a bowl. The mixture should have visible bubbles.

3. Mix the flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl. You can sift this mixture once first for a fluffier finish if you like – but this is optional.

4. Mix the oil, milk and pandan extract in a pouring jug.

5. Sift a third of the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and fold in with a whisk.

6. Add a third of the milk mixture into the sugar mixture and fold in.

7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until everything is in and just combined.

Remember not to don’t overwork the mixure. The mixing of portions into the final mixture is very important.

8. Bake for 15 minutes.

Stick a toothpick in and if it comes out clean, it’s done! Remove from the cupcakes from the tray and let them cool on a rack.

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And there you have it!

It’s no where near as awesome as the pandan goodies from home, but it’s a good substitute when you’re somewhere so far away.

LOve <3