Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe || Amazing 5 Variations

Taiwan Castella cake recipe is a cake made from castella flour with an almond filling. The cake is popular in Asian countries because it resembles traditional Chinese food.

Which was introduced by Marco Polo and other Italian traders to Taiwan during its early history in the 17th century. Today, this cake is widely available throughout Taiwan and many other parts of the world.

The recipe varies widely as it varies according to the country and region where it was first created. Taiwan, namely with vegetable oil instead of butter and castella flour instead of all-purpose flour.

The reason for using castella flour is that it creates a lighter texture than all-purpose flour. Actual sweet red bean paste is used to create the filling instead of the common canned one.


How To Prepare Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe?

Preparation Time: 30mins

Cooking Time: 45mins

Serving Size: 18 people


  • 2 cups of castella flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil-vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of almond powder
  • 2 cups of sweetened red bean paste
  • 100g -150g white chocolate (optional)

Preparation By Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a 20x15cm baking tray with baking paper.

2. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and mix in oil slowly. Mix well to form a soft dough.

3. Line the sides of the baking tin with waxed paper, fill in half of the dough into the pan and bake at 180C for 10 minutes, until it is lightly browned on top.

4. In a food processor, blend sweetened red bean paste, almond powder, and hot water to form a paste. Spread it on top of the partially baked cake.

5. Spread the remaining two-thirds dough gently on top of the red bean paste layer and return the tray to the oven for another 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.

6. Using a thin-bladed knife, cut into rectangular pieces and remove from the tin while still warm. Place white chocolate into a small plastic bag, and set aside.

Heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds, until melted. Snip a very tiny corner of the bag and drizzle over the cake pieces.

7. Finally, let it cool down completely before serving.

Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe
Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe

Nutrition Facts Of Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe

Calories from fat104
Total fat11.3g
Saturated fat1.5g
Dietary fiber2.7g

Amazing 5 Variations Of Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe

1. With Chocolate Filling:

Place white chocolate into a small plastic bag, and set aside. Heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds, until melted. Snip a very tiny corner of the bag and drizzle over the cake pieces.

2. With Mandarin Orange Filling:

Add mandarin orange juice to the sweetened red bean paste mixture. alternatively, add orange zest to the sweetened red bean paste mixture.

3. With Fresh Cream Filling:

Spread 1/2 cup whipped cream over the partially baked cake and top with the remaining 2/3rds dough, and proceed as usual.

This will yield a much lighter cake than using sweetened red bean paste because of the low-fat content in whipped cream(usually only 8g carbs).

4. With Strawberry And Custard Filling:

Blend ½ cup heavy cream with ½ tsp xanthan gum and place in the refrigerator until chilled before use, spread on partially baked cake, and top with remaining dough. The amount of egg cream will depend on the size of the iron pan used for baking.

5. With Custard And Chocolate Filling:

Blend ½ cup heavy cream with 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, and 2 tbsp cornstarch.

Leave in the refrigerator until chilled before using. Spread on partially baked cake and top with remaining dough.

Is Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe Healthy?

Yes, it is. Its main ingredients are flour and sugar, which are both low in fat. Since the cake is baked in an oven,

it eliminates all of the oil used in the preparation. In addition, there is no hydrogenated vegetable oil used in any part of the recipe.

The almonds used to create the filling also add healthy fats to this recipe while sugar gives you energy and helps boost your immune system.

Why Is It Called Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe?

The name comes from Taiwan castella cake recipe. The first castella cakes were made in Japan which is called castella, which is a portmanteau of ‘Castella’ and ‘Rusk’.

In the past, Castella cake only uses 2 ingredients Castella flour and water. It has remained quite popular throughout Japan even today.

Hence, many Japanese chose to call the Chinese version of Castella cake Kastela cake, thus forming the name pastel cake.

Is Castella Cake The Same As Sponge Cake?

Castella cake is much more similar to sponge cake than that a cake. Sponges are made with the same ingredients as Castella cake, but they are cooked at a higher temperature and therefore, they produce a softer texture.

The similarity between Castella cake and sponge doesn’t end there. After baking Castella cakes in the oven, you can bake another batch to use as biscuits or cookies without needing to reheat them.

Is It Suitable For Kids?

Yes, Taiwan castella cake recipe is great for all ages. Many children love to help out with their mothers during the making of the cake. It helps to develop fine motor skills and simple maths skills.

In addition, it can help you get rid of those Christmas and birthday parties, where people are always trying to check if your child likes their food by asking if they like their food.

How Many Calories Does A Taiwan Castella Cake Recipe Have?

This is a generally low-calorie dish. Just one piece of Taiwan Castella cake recipe only contains 34 calories and they are all from unsaturated fats. Moreover, there is no cholesterol in Castella cake.

It is a healthy alternative to those high carbohydrates, high fat cakes, and pastries that you see around at the same time of year.

How Long Can Castella Cake Last?

You can store cooked Castella cake in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. We usually place it in the fridge and still, it tastes fresh the next day.

If you want to store it for longer, make sure you wrap it tightly and place it in a freezer bag. You can also freeze the unused portion of the cake.


There is nothing to be afraid of making a Taiwan castella cake recipe, it is really easy to make and even easier to eat. You can either let your kids help you out or simply prepare it for your little angels.

If you need more variety, you can even try mixing some tropical fruits into the dough. It’s a great way to introduce your family to new food and ingredients.

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