Paper wrapped cake

Paper wrapped cake
Paper wrapped cake
Type Cake
Place of origin Hong Kong
Main ingredients Chiffon cake
Cookbook: Paper wrapped cake  Media: Paper wrapped cake
Paper wrapped cake
Traditional Chinese 紙包蛋糕
Simplified Chinese 纸包蛋糕
Literal meaning paper wrapped cake

Paper wrapped cake (Chinese: 紙包蛋糕; Jyutping: zi2 baau1 daan6 gou1) is a type of Chinese pastry. It is one of the most common pastries served in Hong Kong. It can also be found in most Chinatown bakery shops. In essence, it is a chiffon cake baked in a paper cup.[1]

In the bakeries of Chinatown, San Francisco, it is commonly referred to as "sponge cake."


Traditionally prepared wrapped cakes are usually steamed in a wok pan, however, Chinese-American sponge cakes are usually baked in an oven. The cakes are typically prepared by separating the egg yolks and whites, and whisking them separately as well.


Typically prepared and served wrapped in parchment paper squares, Chinese paper wrapped cakes have a deep, golden brown exterior, and a light, fluffy inside. The subtle texture is complemented by a subtle sweetness, which allows them to be served as-is, without any frosting et cetera.[2]


The cakes are typically served in the paper they were baked in. Found in bakeries, the cakes are typically eaten during breakfast, or teatime.[3] Because of the cakes’ light flavouring, it is possible to eat much of the cake without getting sick because of an overly sugary taste.


  1. Christine Ho (5 August 2008). "Cake Wrapped in Paper (Hong Kong Cupcakes)". Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. "Chinese Paper Wrapped Sponge Cake". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  3. "Paper-wrapped Mini Sponge Cake | Easy Delicious Recipes". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
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