Putu Ayu Recipe

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Putu Ayu is a popular traditional steamed coconut cupcakes in Indonesia. They are cute, fragrant, delicious and soft cupcakes to eat!

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  • 250gr baking flour
  • 225 gr granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 130ml coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ovalette/sponge cake stabilizer
  • 200 gr grated coconut
  • Green coloring - as needed
  • Cooking oil - as needed
  • Pandan juice/essence - as needed
  • Putu Ayu molds or plastic jelly molds


  1. Boil the coconut milk. Let it cool.
  2. Thinly grease the molds with cooking oil.
  3. Make some pandan juice and pandan leaf cuts from fresh pandan leaves. I prefer using real pandan juice instead of the artificial pandan essence since the cupcake's pandan aroma would be very different with real pandan juice.
  4. Mix sugar and eggs together in high speed until the mixture is thick. Add in the sponge cake stabilizer. Mix well again until white and fluffy.
  5. By using spatula, add in flour, cold coconut milk, pandan juice and green coloring into the cake batter. Mix well slowly until even.
  6. Put a layer of fresh grated coconut on the bottom of the greased molds. Press the grated coconut a bit with one finger to make the final results firmer.
  7. Heat the steamer. Pour the cake batter onto molds until they're 90% full. Put one cut of pandan leaf on top to give extra pandan savor.
  8. Steam the cupcake for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Release the cupcake from the molds and serve warm.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Recipe %DV
Recipe Size 337g
Calories 636  
Calories from Fat 399 63%
Total Fat 46.41g 58%
Saturated Fat 30.99g 124%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 744mg 248%
Sodium 264mg 11%
Potassium 551mg 16%
Total Carbs 32.9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 3%
Sugars 16.44g 11%
Protein 26.55g 42%
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