Friday, February 26, 2010

Cheddar Cheese Butter Cake

There are still tubs of unfinished new year goodies sitting around on the table. But why...why am I still thinking about baking? I tell myself, "Give yourself a break!" Or at least give your waistline a break! But I will be kidding myself if I say I am totally gonna go on diet. Perhaps I need something different besides those NY cookies, a cake maybe, an unusual sort of cake. :) My poor daughter has been bringing kueh lapis to school for the past 3 days for her recess snack. As much as I know it's one of her favorite, I also know that one cannot eat it continuously for so many days! Furthermore I have already had a long enough break (10 days) away from baking so why not just get busy now! But I ain't gonna toil away in the kitchen just yet...today I merely just whipped up a some sort unusual cake, simple yet delicious one though; Cheddar Cheese butter cake. :)I know, you must be wondering if I have a typo or something...nope, you see right, it's Cheddar Cheese alright. Those that you sandwich between your buns plus your BLT. Indeed an unusual ingredient to be in a cake. But I was really intrigued by the usage of a savory cheese and how the end product will taste....is it salty or sweet? Since the recipe was really an easy one to follow, I just went ahead with it.

Ingredients for Cheddar Cheese Butter Cake: (makes 2 medium loafs)
80g grated Cheddar Cheese ( I use Kraft brand)
250g all purpose flour
225g caster sugar
250g butter, room temp
4 eggs, room temp
1 tsp baking powder
100ml buttermilk (or 100ml fresh milk plus 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, let stand 5 mins)
50g shredded Cheddar Cheese for topping

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Greased and lined 2 medium loaf tins with parchment.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together till it's light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  • Sift in 1/4 portion of the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture, followed by 1/3 of the buttermilk. Repeat this until all flour and buttermilk has been used and blended in.
  • Stir in the shredded Cheddar and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared tins.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes or till the tester comes out clean or with just moist crumbs.
  • Cool the cakes on racks before slicing.
Well, you know what, it is just like what you would imagine...IT IS salty and sweet...all baked up in this golden loaf. The crusty, cheesy top is chewy and salty, a real nice savory contrast from the sweet, moist and buttery cake on the inside. :) In fact, I can still see shreds of cheese inside the cake, giving it extra texture and taste...yum-o! ;)
Okay I admit, the cheese top's color is a bit off...not as golden as I hoped it will turned out. Perhaps that Halogen oven is not that strong? Anyways this is still a lovely treat to have during afternoon tea break. And I bet my daughter will enjoy this tomorrow in school. She has already requested me to pack 2 slices for her after taste testing it just now. :P

Final Thoughts: Will be out of town this weekend to meet up all of my dear friends back in KL. Really looking forward to that. Furthermore, I will also be attending a blogger's gathering...thanks to Quinn. ;) An exciting event that I will definitely not miss! Wonder how and what "sparks" will be triggered during this gathering, hahaha! Will keep everyone posted....have a super duper great weekend all! ;)

17 comments:

Ann said...

hmm cheddar cheese cake is different! sounds like a muffin i had with cheese and savoury bacon and chive bits in it! how yummy is that!

your daughter must be soo happy to have you bake such yummy goods for her! my mother never baked anything so ...i was unlucky lol. i never had such yummy snacks in my lunch box

thanks for sharing such a different recipe!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

You are most welcome Ann! Hope you will try it out. :)
Even though your mum doesn't bake for you, I think she must have done something really good to have such a lovely daughter that enjoys cooking so much. Thanks Ann's mum! *heehee*:D

ReeseKitchen said...

WOW! Yummy! Cheese, my favourite..:) Too bad I got to bake myself now, since you left..:(
But seeing your pictures already made me like having a piece..:)

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
This is something special hur!! It might be quite similar to the savory scones. I think we must have too much sweet things during the CNY, this cake would be a good treat after all. Thanks for sharing! :)

Happy Homebaker said...

This look so good to go with a cup of afternoon tea!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

This is an unusual one ... really! I'll jot it down ... Hopefully, I'm gonna have the time to try it. Thanks for sharing, Bee!

It was so nice to see you! Hahaha ...! Have been following yours for quite a while since Youfei introduced it to me. (You guys had another meet-up earlier last year!!?? If I ain't mistaken.) You're such a warm, loving lady! And thank you for the red packet! I feel so paiseh ... Hope I can bake you & your gals something next time ... Sorry that I came empty-handed.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Heehee, thanks Reese! :) This is indeed a very simple recipe that I am very sure you can whip up anytime of the day. :) If you want a stronger cheese taste, do buy a sharper cheese from Cold Storage or Jaya Grocer. I bet your girl would love it too. ;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Grace,
Yes, this is really a salty and sweet taste combo. But overall a nice butter cake. Do try it out. ;)

Hi HHB,
Thanks for dropping by. :) Yup, just had a slice with my hot tea....:)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Pei-Lin,
It was so nice to finally meet you in person. ;) You are just as nice in the blog as in person! Love your passion in photography...wish I have more of that, heehee. I just wished we had a round table yesterday and we could have chatted more! But glad that this gathering turned out so great and hopefully this is not the last of it. ;) Tare care and hope to see you soon.

pigpigscorner said...

Woah this looks fantastic - so moist and soft!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks so much pigpigscorner! BTW, love your blog and great wedding photos! ;)

Big Boys Oven said...

wow this definitely a great recipe! awesome

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks so much BBO. ;) You know every time I read your initials...it makes me giggle...we have the same initals!*heehee* Thanks for dropping by! :D

linghoneybear said...

Just wanna thank you so much for sharing this recipes HoneyBee...i make this yummy delicious cake this morning after browsing ur page....and it turn out so good...my family here enjoy a hot fresh delicious yummy breakfast!!!!!n me...i feel like in heaven mmmm...lol HAPPY HAPPY COOKING!!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

You are most welcome linghoneybear. :) Welcome to my blog and hope you enjoy all the recipes I post up. Happy Baking!

Hwee Yong Chua said...

Hi can i make tis into cupcakes? If yes, what degrees n timing shld I bake it? Tks

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Same temp but bake for only 13-15 mins