Soft and fluffy Castella cake is a popular treat throughout East and Southeast Asia, with roots that reach far back to the pastry traditions of medieval Europe. Malaysian writer and chef, Yi Jun Loh delves into the origins of the internet-famous pastry in his story, “This Jiggly, ASMR-Inducing Asian Dessert Is Five Centuries In the Making,” and shares his own chocolate-scented recipe, below.
As with all delicate cakes, take care not to slam the oven door during baking, which may cause its delicate crumb to collapse before it is fully set.
Chocolate Castella Cake
This pillow-soft, Japanese-Taiwanese-Portuguese pastry is the