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Kuih Bahulu / Kuih Baulu

Kuih Bahulu or Kuih Baulu is the same cake just different pronunciation.This cake is almost similar with Madeleines .Both these cake needs their special mould to bake .Kuih bahulu is usually baked during the festive seasons such as Hari Raya or Chinese New Year. These sweet and eggy kuih go very well with coffee, and are always a crowd-pleaser during the festive seasons.Last year I bought 2 bahulu moulds when I was in Kuala Lumpur visiting my family. So far I don't have the motivation to try to bake this cake until I saw one of my favourite blogger, Mat Gebu recipe at his blog. Mat Gebu is a very talented baker and cook.I 'm impressed with his food-photography and cooking.If you can't understand Bahasa Malaysia ,just refer to Google Language Tool.Thank you ,you Mat for sharing your wonderful recipe:)


5 large eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 cup cooking oil for brushing


1:Preheat oven at 400 F .Lightly grease the bahulu moulds with cooking oil and place them in a preheated oven .Sifted flour and baking powder in a bowl,set aside.

2:Meanwhile beat eggs with sugar at high speed until frothy.The mixture must be creamy and fluffy.Add in vanilla essence.Then reduce the speed before add in flour mixture little by little.Mix well.

3:Scoop batter into the moulds using tablespoon,about 3/4 full of the mould.Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.(Again depend on your oven temperature.

4:Remove mould from oven,use bamboo stick to remove the cake from the mould.

5:Serve warm or let's it cool completely before store in air tight container.

Fish shape

Shell shape

Original Shape Bahulu Mould

Cooking Oil with brush
Mix shape bahulu mould.


I was surprised my new moulds doesn't stick alot. That mean this recipe is good !!



Food For Tots said...
February 20, 2009 at 3:16 AM

WOW! Your kuih bahulu looks better than those sold outside. My son n I are big fan for these kuihs. So so irresistable!!

mikky said...
February 20, 2009 at 11:06 AM

they are lovely... :)

mycookinghut said...
February 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM

This is truly what I miss and love! You know how I like to eat kuih bahulu? Dip a bit in milo or teh tarik... yum yum...

The Cooking Ninja said...
February 21, 2009 at 7:43 AM

My mom makes these the traditional way with charcoal :) I will hv to tell her about this new method using the oven :)

Little Corner of Mine said...
February 21, 2009 at 1:42 PM

So pretty, love the molds! How's the texture like?

Kevin said...
February 21, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Those look good! I like the molds.

Beachlover said...
February 21, 2009 at 10:47 PM

food 4 tots:
thank you, thank you*blushing*

thank you:)

dip into Milo?hmmm must try tommorow with Milo and see!

oh yes.I saw aunties auntie at village still use charcoal to make this..I think if I use charcoal to make it's all turn up to be chracoal!lol!

thank you but I see others who make this kuih have better cute mould..The texture inside is fine and dry .I think bahulu cake is dry,right since it's don't have butter or oil mixture,right?.I bought some at Tesco when I shopped there,it's also dry so i guess this kuih must be dry..

thank you ,I love the mould too:)

Mat Gebu said...
February 22, 2009 at 8:17 AM


~~louise~~ said...
February 22, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Those little darlings do resemble Madeleines Beachlover. They don't seem as difficult to make. I will have to find one of those molds. My daughter would love this recipe.

Thank you so much for sharing...

lilyng said...
February 22, 2009 at 9:29 AM

i hope to make these when i get the moulds. Hope the altitude here in denver will be kind to me, cos the last time i made some with a friend's moulds and it was a big failure

very lovely kuih bahulu

Beachlover said...
February 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Mat gebu:
terima kasih Cik Mat:P

yes,those mini cake really look like madeleines...I dunno where you can get this mould in States but you can always try with madeleines mould,right? hope your daughter like this recipe:)

Aunty Lily:
thank you for your kind words...oh!!I didn't know altitude can interfere with baking I learn something new from you again:) too bad we live so far if not you can always use mine moulds.I think my moulds will take rest for the remaining coming months! lol!

Annie said...
February 23, 2009 at 4:37 AM

Really beautiful. I bet they tasted great as well.

Wonder if you could cook the kuih by grilling the molds over charcoal.

pixen said...
February 23, 2009 at 11:17 AM

goshhh... those kuih are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the recipe too. IT's been ages, i ate this Bahulu.

I don't dare to use the oven as the traditional way is cooking it over the charcoal. Now, heh heheh, I'm going to try it out... :-)

Beachlover said...
February 24, 2009 at 4:03 AM

Thank you:)
I think old time aunties cook this cake over charcoal...But I don't dare,I dunno how to control the fire..Oven method is safer for me:)

Thank you:).you and me are opposite!! lol! I afraid to use open charcoal fire to bake this cake,afraid it's burn like charcoal!

Baking Fiend said...
February 26, 2009 at 12:42 AM

how could i have missed this post???!?! i love kueh bahulu too... tks for sharing this recipe. will definately give it a try soon.

Anonymous said...
March 18, 2009 at 4:43 AM

lovely recipe. looks wonderful and i bet it tastes wonderful too! thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us all! my family and i love it! will be looking out for your other posts and recipes :D

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Blessed Homemaker said...
November 25, 2009 at 12:40 PM

May I know how many Kuih Bahulu does this recipe yield?

sokeleng said...
March 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Ah... thanks for sharing the recipe. I am going to try it out this weekend. By the way I bought my bahulu mould from this shop (

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June 27, 2011 at 6:55 AM

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Anonymous said...
January 15, 2012 at 9:59 PM

does anyone know how long does making a kuih bahulu take using the traditional method of charcoal fire?

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