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Wife Cakes (老婆餅)

A Chinese bakery classic: light and flaky pastry with a chewy sweet wintermelon filling.
Course Snack
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 218kcal
Author Michelle | Sift & Simmer



  • 120 g candied wintermelon diced up finely
  • 1 tablespoon roasted white sesame seeds blitz into a powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 40 g cooked glutinous rice flour (koh fun)
  • 5 ml coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 50 g water

Water Dough:

  • 100 g cake flour or low-protein flour
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 50 g water

Oil Dough:

  • 80 g cake flour
  • 60 g coconut oil room temperature

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg yolk beaten + 1 teaspoon water


  • white or black sesame seeds for sprinkling



  • Combine all the filling ingredients together in a bowl. Mix together.
  • Divide into 8 balls, about 28g each.


  • Mix together the Water Dough ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Divide into 8 portions about 23g each. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Mix together the Oil Dough ingredients in another bowl. Divide into 8 portions about 16g each. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F/204°C.
  • Roll out the Water Dough into an round disc. Press in 1 ball of Oil Dough over top of the water dough and wrap into a round ball. Flatten into an oval shape with a rolling pin. Roll the combined dough up into a coil (like a swiss roll).
  • Turn the dough 90 degrees, flatten and roll it up again into another swiss roll.
  • Flatten it into a circular shape with the palm of your hand. Place the wintermelon filling in the center of the dough and wrap it, ensuring it is enclosed.
  • Gently flatten the sphere into a disc, using a small wooden rolling pin. Careful not to push too hard or the filling will explode.
  • Make 2 slits on the top of the disc.
  • Brush with egg yolk wash and sprinkle some sesame seeds. Repeat with the remaining.
  • Bake at 400°F/204°C for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and flaky.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a rack.


Wife Cakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg