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Kue Cubit (Pinch Cake)

Posting Date: 09/23/18

Kue Cubit (Pinch Cake)

Kue Cubit (Pinch Cake) is traditional Indonesian cakes normally sold by street vendors. Kue means cake and cubit means pinch. The reason it is called pinch is because it is small and to eat it, it has to be pinched. Kue cubit is normally eaten as snacks.

To make this cake, it is very easy. No mixer is needed. You will need a whisk to whisk the batter. In Indonesia, the cake is made using kue cubit pan. The pan has several cavities where the batter is placed and cooked to make the cake. The pan is then covered and placed on the stove over a medium low or low heat. When the cake is half done, the topping is placed on top of each cake. The cake is then cooked further until it is done. Since I don't have kue cubit pan, I use muffin pan. The pan is filled up one-third full with the batter so that it has almost the same size as the original kue cubit. Since it is will be hard to heat muffin pan evenly on a stove due to the size of the muffin pan, I bake the cake inside the oven. If you have kue cubit pan, you can cook it the traditional way.

In Indonesia, there are many new creations of kue cubit in recent years. Some people add green tea powder to it to make it green. Some add food coloring to make it colorful. As for the toppings, you can top it with roasted shredded coconut, chocolate chips, etc. Originally, the topping are chocolate sprinklers or shredded cheddar cheese.

The recipe makes about 22 kue cubit.


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar. If you have sweet tooth, you can add more sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk or more. If you are lactose intolerant, you can use lactose free milk. You can also use coconut milk instead.
  • vegetable oil to grease the pan
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Crack the eggs and place them in a mixing bowl. Whisk the eggs until fluffy. Add sugar into the mixing bowl. Whisk the mixture until sugar is completely mixed in. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk the mixture. Add vanilla and butter and whisk it. Add 1/4 cup of flour and whisk it until it is combined. Add another 1/4 cup of flour and whisk it until it is combined. Add another 1/4 cup of flour and whisk it until it is combined. Add the remaining flour and whisk it until it is combined. Add milk little by little and whisk it until it becomes smooth batter. You may need to add more than 1/2 cup milk to make it smooth.
  2. Cover and rest the batter for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 300 deg F.
  4. Brush the inside of muffin pan generously with vegetable oil. Make sure the inside is greased evenly so that the cake doesn't stick making it harder to get it out once you are done baking.
  5. Place the muffin pan inside the oven to preheat it. Leave it inside the oven for 10 min.
  6. While waiting during preheating the muffin pan, place the mixture batter in a pastry bag. If you don't have pastry bag, you can use ziploc bag. Cut the end of the pastry bag. If using ziploc bag, cut the end of the ziploc bag on 1 side only.
  7. Once the pan has been preheated, take it out of the oven. Fill up each cavity of the muffin pan with the batter until it is 1/3rd full. Place the pan in the oven and bake it for 7 min. After 7 min, take the pan out and top it with shredded cheese or chocolate sprinkles. Place the pan back in the oven and bake it until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 7 min). Remove the pan. Remove the cakes and let them cool down on a wire rack. Repeat this step until the batter has been completely used. You may need to grease the inside of the pan if needed.
  8. Serve the cakes. If you have leftover, you can store them inside a sealed ziploc bag in the fridge.

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