I am rather disappointed with this set of pictures and I do not think the picture did a justice representation of the deliciousness of this cheesy sponge cake. My cutting skill is well below my expectation. The orange colour in the picture is the cheddar cheeses whereas the top brownish specks are baked parmesan cheese powder.
The exact name for this recipe or is commonly known as 台湾古早味芝士蛋糕 or literally translated as Taiwanese Traditional Cheese Cake. In fact, it is a baked sponge cake with the addition of cheeses to flavour it . While it may have been a traditional recipe for Taiwanese, I do not think the word traditional or gochabi (古早味） shall be used in the recipe in Singapore and Malaysia. I have not seen this type of sponge cake being sold in the bakery here.
This cake suddenly become a craze in Chinese Facebook Group and there are many posts of the same recipe within a day. While this cake is very common in Taiwan many many years ago, I think it has become popular because one of the Taiwanese bakery has opened a bakery in Kuala Lumpur and I was told the queue was very long. Obviously this cake also suit the local taste buds.
Well it is not surprising, though it is rather old recipe for Taiwan, this recipe falls under the trendy soft pillowy type of cake that the recent foodies like. That is also the reason that i have decided to research and share the recipe with readers.
There are many recipes in Taiwanese websites and I have choose one and modify for local readers. One of the most difficult things to follow Taiwanese recipe is the oven temperature. Here most oven does not have the ability to have two different top and bottom temperature but many Taiwanese recipes required different top and bottom temperature.
This is really a sponge cake or jidangao (鸡蛋糕）with strong egg aroma. It is very different from western sponge cake that uses much more flour and less eggs. This recipe requires 6 eggs for an 8” square tray. The sponge cake in itself is moist and soft. Possibly because of the recent “lava flow” syndrome, cheese was added in between but it only flows when it is hot and the flow stops immediately when the cake cooled. The flow will also depends on the brand of cheddar cheeses uses. Mine does not melt totally. Parmesan cheese powder were sprinkle on top of the cake and personally i think it is the parmesan cheese powder that make the cake cheesy aromatic. However, parmesan cheese powder is optional.
This cake can crack and shrink by the sides and I do not aim specifically that it will have a smooth top. If you look at the picture above, you will see that even it cracks in the stores and shrinkage is very big too. Who cares about the cracks and shrinkages and it sells like hot cakes. Personally, my family especially my girl loves the cake. The cake is not sweet but I had hoped that it can be more salty. The quantities of the cheeses used are not able to transform it into a savoury cake.
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Servings: Prepare a 8” x 8” sponge cake
Egg Yolk Batter
- 80 grams of cooking oil
- 6 egg yolks
- 100 grams of cake or low protein flour
- 70 grams of fresh milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 6 egg whites
- 80 grams of castor sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar (optional)
- 100 grams of cheddar cheeses (breakfast cheddar cheese slices can be used)
- 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese powder (optional)
STEPS OF PEPARATION
- Pre-heat the oven to 150 degree Celsius
- In a bowl, put the egg yolk, salt, fresh milk and cooking oil. Use a whisk to whisk until well combined. Sift in the low protein or cake flour, stir until it forms a smooth batter.
- In a clean mixing bowl, add the egg white. Beat until slightly foamy and add the cream of tartar (optional). Continue to beat at high speed and add sugar tablespoon by tablespoon. Once it reaches soft to firm peak, off the machine. The meringue should be glossy and shall be able to stand on its own. If you invert the mixing bowl, all the meringue shall stay intact in the mixing bowl and not flow down.
- Transfer 1/3 of the meringue to the egg yolk better. Fold lightly and swiftly in one direction with a spatula. Once it is well mixed, add the another 1/3 of the meringue and perform the same. Do the same for the final portion
- Once the final portion of meringue has been added and well mixed, transfer the batter to the greased baking pan . Pour half of the batter to the tin, level it and sprinkle the cheddar cheeses as evenly as possible. Pour the other half of the batter on top of the cheddar cheeses. Level it and sprinkle generously with the parmesan cheese powder . Lightly bang the baking tin on the table to force out any trapped air.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven of 150 degree Celsius using water bath method (put a tray of water with about 3 cm on the lowest level of the oven) for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Once out of the oven, slightly bang the baking tin on the table to force out the hot air. Take out the cake and can be cut and served immediately when it is hot .
Due to its presence in Malaysia, I foresee that they are readers who may be interested in the recipe. Even if you do not need the cheesy part, the Taiwanese traditional sponge cake is a nice cake to serve to your family on its own.
Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have nice day. Should there be any imperfections in my blog layout, bear with me and I am trying hard to rectify it. In the event that you are a follower of Guaishushu at http://kwgls.wordpress.com, please do follow this new blog Guaishushu1 at http://www.guaishushu1.com.
You can follow me at PINTEREST or visit the blog’s FACEBOOK PAGE to keep abreast of my future posts. Also follow me at INSTAGRAM or TSU, a new social network for some more personal sharing other than recipes.
You can also join the FOOD BLOGGERS AND FOODIES UNITED FACEBOOK GROUP and FOOD PARADISE 美食天堂to see more recipes. I am posting my daily home cooked food in the above Facebook Group daily. I would be more than happy if you can post in the Group for the recipes that you tried from my blog.
If you are a Pinterest user and you are interested to have more recipes, you can join or follow this Pinterest Board set up by me where there are more than 2600 recipes worldwide and pinned by various bloggers: FOOD BLOGGERS AND FOODIES UNITED PINTEREST BOARD.
- Classic Zucchini Slices (夏南瓜切片小吃）
- Old Timer Delights: Soft Coconut Sweets or Candy (古早味椰子软糖）
- Teochew aka Chaozhou Sweet And Savoury Dumplings (潮汕双拼肉粽）
- Macadamia Pitted Dates (夏果椰枣）
- Vegetarian Nonya Rice Dumpling (娘惹素粽）
- Fried Dace With Fermented Black Beans (豆豉鲮鱼）
- Classic Baked Sweet Potatoes (烤地瓜）
- Cheesy Pumpkin Soup (芝士金瓜浓汤）
- Sambal Haebeehiam Glutinous Rice Dumpling aka Chilli Dried Shrimp Floss Dumpling (辣虾米鬆粽子）
- Cheesy Portobello Mushrooms With Bacons (奶酪培根烤波托贝罗蘑菇）
- Red Yeast Rice Residue Chicken aka Hong Zao Ji (酒香红糟鸡）
- Cheesy Baked Prawns (奶酪烤虾）
- Baked Chicken In Garlic Cheddar Sauces (蒜香芝士酱烤鸡）
- Chinese Gozabi Dessert: Flour Tea aka Mee Teh (古早味面茶）
- Fermented Black Soya Bean Minced Meat (豆豉炒肉末）
- Homemade Sour Mustard or Sour Vegetable (家居自制酸菜）
- Red Bean Alkaline Dumplings (红豆碱水粽）
- Vietnamese Baguette aka Bánh mì (越南法國麵包)
- Matcha Red Bean Steamed Cake (绿茶红豆蒸鸡蛋糕）
- Parmigiana Eggplant or Eggplant Lasagne: Parmigiana di Melanzane (焗烤千层茄子)
- July 2017 (1)
- June 2017 (1)
- May 2017 (8)
- April 2017 (9)
- March 2017 (16)
- February 2017 (18)
- January 2017 (13)
- December 2016 (13)
- November 2016 (24)
- October 2016 (19)
- September 2016 (19)
- August 2016 (22)
- July 2016 (27)
- June 2016 (14)
- May 2016 (25)
- April 2016 (23)
- March 2016 (27)
- February 2016 (24)
- January 2016 (20)
- December 2015 (18)
- November 2015 (18)
- October 2015 (23)
- September 2015 (20)
- August 2015 (17)
- July 2015 (19)
- June 2015 (16)
- May 2015 (18)
- April 2015 (23)
- March 2015 (26)
- February 2015 (12)
- January 2015 (14)
- December 2014 (23)
- November 2014 (24)
- October 2014 (26)
- September 2014 (27)
- August 2014 (27)
- July 2014 (28)
- June 2014 (24)
- May 2014 (20)
- April 2014 (21)
- March 2014 (23)
- February 2014 (20)
- January 2014 (19)
- December 2013 (24)
- November 2013 (25)
- October 2013 (27)
- September 2013 (16)
- August 2013 (37)
- July 2013 (36)
- June 2013 (25)
- May 2013 (88)
- April 2013 (30)
- March 2013 (1)
- 3,587,226 hits