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Nov 8, 2011 12:25 PM

Savoury Cake

Hi all
So my partner and I have been invited to a birthday party where the host has asked the guests to bring cake. The theme of this adult bday bash is cake. I fully expect loads of sweet confections, as it should be, but I was thinking it would be nice to bring something savoury to add some balance. Now here is the pickle, is there such a thing as a savoury cake. At this point I have thought of a play on words such as "crab cakes" etc.

Any thoughts, is there such a thing as a savoury cake (i.e something I would bake but that has a savoury bent to it).

I am currently searching my recipe books through EYB, but not sure I will find anything.

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  1. I make a savory cheesecake... like a regular recipe, but without sugar, swirl in pureed/strained chipotle in adobo sauce. Serve with a topping made from jalapenos and mangos (add sugar to that, sweet but hot). One could use a tortilla crumb crust. (or crushed ritz crackers).

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    1. re: wyogal

      What a great idea!. Now that you mention it a savoury cheesecake is a great idea. I will definitely have to think about that one. Your suggestion sounds very intriguing, I bet the tang and richness of the cheese goes great with the heat.

      1. re: delys77

        You could also try salmon, bleu cheese, french onion, really endless options.

        1. re: wyogal

          A restaurant near me makes a savory Dungeness Crab cheesecake that is just wonderful.

    2. Not sure if you've heard of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, seeing as your'e in Canada?
      He has a column in the Guardian newspaper on Saturdays and had one with savoury cakes a few months ago.

      Here's the link:

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      1. re: Paprikaboy

        Had a read and the goat cheese and hazelnut variation sounds excellent. Fabulous suggestion. Thanks Paprikaboy

      2. This might be a little bit on the silly side - but I've seen Martha Stewart do a version of meatloaf and mashed potatoes as a cake. Basically, there are two round layers of meatloaf made, and then they are filled and frosted with mashed potatoes, and decorated with small cooked carrots and other veggies. It would go perfectly with this theme.

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        1. re: milklady

          Grind the meat finely and call it "pate cake."

          yes, I just said that.

          1. re: milklady

            Well it is likely to be the only protein at this party so definitely not a bad idea.

          2. i'd do mini salmon croquette cupcakes piped with a creamy cauliflower whip (roasted cauliflower pureed with cream cheese, roasted garlic, caramelized onion, S & P) and sprinkled with dill

            Or maybe Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Cake

            Or David Lebovitz featured a Pistachio and Chorizo Cake (originally from Chocolate and Zucchini)

            If you go the route of a savory cheesecake, I'd highly recommend a Ricotta Cheesecake studded simply with some onions, garlic and sundried tomatoes... served with a balsamic sauce and some candied olives for garnish.

            1. A round meatloaf cake "frosted" with mashed potatoes. Use Ketchup to write the birthday message.