Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cheese Chiffon Cake

One of my fellow forumer, Vivian, shared with us this wonder recipe adapted from Alex Goh's book. Her cake photo look so good that I was really tempted to try out this recipe. So despite coming back late from office, I still went and grab my cream cheese from NTUC and rushed home immediately to do my baking. Reached home at 9 pm but thankfully, by 9.30 pm the cake was already in the oven baking away. The texture of the cake is really very soft and the taste is good. Here is how the cake look.

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The recipe is adapted by a friend from Alex Goh's "Fantastic Cheesecakes".

Ingredients
A:
60g milk
40g cream cheese
25g butter

B:
65g flour (sifted)

C:
4 egg yolks

D:
4 egg whites
90g sugar
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar

Method
1. Preheat oven 170˚C.

2. Cook (A) over double-boiler until well blended and thickens. Remove from double-boiler and let it cool down.

3. Add (C) into cooled down cheese mixture and mix until well combined.

4. Fold in (B) and mix until smooth.

5. Beat egg whites until frothy, add cream of tartar and beat till soft peaks. Add salt and sugar and beat till stiff peaks.

6. Fold 1/2 of the egg whites into cheese mixture, gently with a rubber spatula until just blended.

7. Pour cheese mixture (step 6) into the rest of egg whites, fold it gently with rubber spatula until blended.

8. Put batter into a 9-inch chiffon cake pan, bang the pan on a hard surface to release the bubbles and bake for 35 - 40 minutes.

9. When the cake is cooked, invert the cake to cool. Remove the cake from the cake pan when it is completely cool

44 comments:

may said...

wow..reached home 9pm you still want to start your baking?? and just spend 30 min for such a nice cake, that's the reason why you are so successful, for me, I will just sit in front of the TV, really admire and want to learn more from you..

Wen said...

It's look so soft and spongy. It must be tasting good too.

Siang Ying and Eu Jin said...

hi hugbear, i am Alex Goh's fans too. his recipes and ideas are really professional and inspiring. where can i get the cheese chiffon cake recipe ya? coz i can hardly collect all of his recipe book. can you share the recipe?

Let's masak said...

I am also fans of Alex Goh. I have this book too. I will try using the leftover cream cheese in my fridge.

Thanks for sharing your cake pixture, look good.

FAMILY FIRST said...

You are really one hard working mama ... still baking after 9pm! I would have been dead tired by then.

Hugbear said...

I will post the recipe up shortly. It is worth trying out this cake as it taste like those Light Japanese Cotton cheesecake.

Yan said...

kudos LeeLee, your baking skills are amazing and your tireless stamina admirable.

cheers,
yan

Anonymous said...

hello! i just found your blog today and im really inspired! im just 21 but i want to be a great mom like you in future baking for my family. continue doing your best im sure your children enjoy it so much!

Missy said...

your cake looks good here! i prefer light cheesecake, rather then the american ones. will def try it :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have made the cake last weekend but it come out not like your cake so high & soft.Just to ask u for the step 3 the egg york should I mix with the electric beater?or just hand stir?

Please advice as I going to try again
Thanks a lot.

Lilian

Hugbear said...

Hi Lilian, I used a hand whisk to mix the egg yolks. No need to use machine to whisk. If you want a softer cake, try to use cake flour or hongkong flour or top flour.

Hugbear said...

Hi missy, yes do give it a try and let me know if you like it.

Anonymous said...

tks hugbear were try again and tell u the outcome

Lilian

Sophie said...

This looks delicious and fluffy as a cloud :).

Geral said...

Hi baking mum,
can i ask about the step when u add the flour to the egg/cheese mixture? when i add the flour, the egg/cheese mixture becomes very dry and lumpy.. it is not smooth or in liquid form and clumps together.

why is that so? i have measured the milk, butter, cheese contents correctly. i also find melting the cream cheese to be difficult cos there are still many small lumps left after putting it on the double boiler..

Any help will be much appreciated!

Hugbear said...

Hi Geral, how long did you melt the cream cheese in the milk and butter. Remember to use room temperature cream cheese. Usually I let it sit outside for about 30 mins or more if it is just taken out from the fridge. It helps in the melting process. Try using a small whisk to whisk the lumpy cream cheese while it is double boiling. From what you have described, it seems that you cooked the cream cheese too long and the liquid has been reduced. Next time if you see the mixture lumpy and dry, you can add some more milk to it. Hope this helps.

adeline said...

i love anything with cheese and have tried this recipe for 3 times. Unfortunately it x turned out well, the shape is like the leaning tower of pisa when i turned it. collapse... i x know why, the texture is pretty rough too..what egg size are you using, does it matter whether it's cold or room temp egg? TQ

Hugbear said...

Hi Adeline, beating of the eggwhite is very important for chiffon cake. Did you beat the eggwhite until it is peaked, ie. you overturn the bowl the eggwhite will not drop out. If you followed the recipe exactly, it gives you a very smooth, very soft and fluffy cake. To me it doesn't matter if the egg is at room temp or cold. But if you like you can leave the eggs outside to reach room temp before you use them. The eggs I used is the big one, about 75-80g with shell.

Hugbear said...

Adeline, to get a softer texture cake, you try to use cake flour or top flour instead of plain flour. It should be better.

adeline said...

Thanks hug bear,at least i'm more confident in my next attempt. Prior to this, i was wondering whether the recipe given in the book can be trusted or not? I've tried three times and each time turned out to have funny shape. It has became my trademark already... ha ha ha.. ll try and let you know.

welpenoink said...

hello...i posted your recipe on my blog as i found it very nice...thanks for the suggestion on the recipe...please feel free to visit my blog at http://welpenoink.blogspot.com/ and then please comment too...thanks!

Hugbear said...

Hi welpenoink, I will definitely visit your blog.

MsCake said...

Hi LeeLee

Noticed the recipe did not hv the baking powder for this cheese chiffon cake. I tried one other chiffon recipe the other time without baking powder, it rose to the top but when it's baked and I overturned the cake, it collapsed. So now whenever I bake any chiffon cakes, I will usually add in 3/4 to 1 teasp of baking powder even recipe did not call for... Can I add into this too ?

Thanks and hope to hv yr reply.

Catherine

MsCake said...

Hi Lee

Sorry, one more question, I hv a packet of semolina flour, can I know what can I bake using this flour ?? Trying to do something with it before it expires.

Thanks.

Catherine

Hugbear said...

Catherine, you can use it to make bread or sugee cake or sugee cookies.

Hugbear said...

Catherine this recipe did not call for baking powder because the eggwhite and egg yolk are beaten separately. The eggwhite gives the cake its volume like any other chiffon cake. But it is ok to add baking powder if you like.

MsCake said...

Hi LeeLee

MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YR FAMILY !

Thanks so much for the prompt reply. I will try to find the sugee cake or cookies recipes.

Catherine

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe.This recipe is simple plus is so delicious,my family love it!I just modify a little bit the flour insist of using 65gm of plain flour,I use 50gm plain flour plus 15gm of cornstach.

mj said...

Hi Hugbear

I noticed that there is no sugar added to the egg yolk mixture, is this correct? I'm eager to try out this recipe, tks for sharing it!

mj said...

Hi Hugbear,

Sorry to bug u for a response but i'm v eager to bake this chiffon :) can u pls confirm that no sugar is needed for the egg yolk mixture? Tks so much!

Hugbear said...

Yes, it is correct. The sugar is only added to the egg white.

mj said...

Tks Hugbear! In fact I've gone ahead to bake this in the morning b4 reading yr reply :) Sadly, it did not turn out too well, the top of the cake rose unevenly in the oven, then collapsed! When i overturned the cake after baking, the collapsed portion (@ the bottom now) is dense, not fluffy :( though the taste is yummy! I'll definitely try again cos my kids love it!

Anonymous said...

Dear hugbear

I have tried your cheese chiffon cake three time all not successful two time half fluffy. I have beat the egg white until i overturn the bowl the eggwhite will not drop out. Pls advice....

Hugbear said...

If your eggwhite is ok, then I also don't know what else is wrong. How did you mix in the eggwhite into the yolk mixture? Really don't know how to advise you.

Anonymous said...

Dear hugbear

The yolk already mixture with the cheese. Follow by using rubber spatual to scope egg whites into cheese mixture. Then fold in well then add the balance one .

Hugbear said...

Sounds ok and correct steps to me.

Anonymous said...

Dear hugbear

Tried four time still not rise n fluffy at all.Haiz so upset. Later Im going to try for the fifth times. Do you know any place conduct lesson for chiffon cake?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I will like to try this out tomorrow. Do I need to oil the pan? Thanks!

Hugbear said...

No need to oil the pan.

Anonymous said...

leelee,
used top flour and added half a teaspoon of baking powder. the cake turned out so soft, fluffy and beautiful.
do you think i can add more cream cheese? how about substituting fresh durian pulp for cream cheese. will it still taste good?

pt

Anonymous said...

Hi baking mum, how to double boil the cheese mixture...I do not have a double boiler at home
Emily

Hugbear said...

Hi Emily, it's ok if you don't have a double boiler. Just use a smaller pot fill it with water and bring to a simmer. Place another bigger pot over the smaller pot or a glass or metal mixing bowl that is bigger than the one below. You can use this method in place of a double boiler.

kzi said...

hi,, thanks for the recipe..
i like this cake..
:)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I made this cake today but I found the batter to be very little and when I pour in my cake pan it's very low. After baking, size of cake is like 1/3 of yours. But the texture is very soft and like a chiffon cake. Should I use a smaller cake tin?

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