Good Question: How To Make Bolu Kukus (Indonesian Steamed Cupcakes)?

Here's a good question for Lunar New Year from reader Beckys.

I saw the neatest recipe for Bolu Kukus - an Indonesian cupcake that is steamed. I cannot locate the special moulds anywhere. They look like individual muffin pans, but have holes in them. I loved the look of the cupcakes and am really dying to try them. Have you ever heard of them or know where I can find the moulds?

We went looking for these steamed cupcakes, and we quickly found this blog post at For the Love of Baking:

Bolu Kukus Merged with Kue Mangkok

We discovered that Bolu Kukus cakes are light and airy, and they are baked in what looks like individual muffin tins perforated with small holes. You can see better photos of the moulds here:

Bolu Kukus at Kitchn Cake

We also struck out on the search for these molds, however. We discovered a mention of them in the comments on the first post linked above; it seems that these are best brought back from Indonesia, if you have a friend or family member there.

We would also suggest searching out any Southeast Asian restaurants, shops, or bakeries you can find, and seeing if you can track these down locally.

If all that fails, it seems that you can also make these in regular muffin tins.

Any other tips for Beckys?

Related: Recipe: Kenny Lao's Rickshaw Dumplings

(Image: Flickr member p3nnylan3 licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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