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Savoury Cake

delys77 Nov 8, 2011 12:25 PM

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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    wyogal RE: delys77 Nov 8, 2011 12:30 PM

    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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      delys77 RE: wyogal Nov 8, 2011 12:39 PM

      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.

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        wyogal RE: delys77 Nov 8, 2011 12:52 PM

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

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          Sushiqueen36 RE: wyogal Nov 8, 2011 01:07 PM

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

    2. Paprikaboy RE: delys77 Nov 8, 2011 12:39 PM

      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:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

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        delys77 RE: Paprikaboy Nov 8, 2011 12:46 PM

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

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        milklady RE: delys77 Nov 8, 2011 01:11 PM

        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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          wyogal RE: milklady Nov 8, 2011 01:18 PM

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

          yes, I just said that.

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            delys77 RE: milklady Nov 8, 2011 02:18 PM

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

          2. Emme RE: delys77 Nov 8, 2011 09:59 PM

            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 http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

            Or David Lebovitz featured a Pistachio and Chorizo Cake (originally from Chocolate and Zucchini) http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/09/...

            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.

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              seamunky RE: delys77 Nov 9, 2011 11:17 AM

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

              1. 512window RE: delys77 Nov 9, 2011 11:23 AM

                You could do a meat-flavored aspic, or jellied consume, in a large ring mold. Once unmolded, it would look like cake and could be sliced like cake.

                1. pikawicca RE: delys77 Nov 9, 2011 11:25 AM

                  Savory cakes are very popular in France, and there are many recipes online. Here's a link to a few.
                  http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/re...

                  1. chef chicklet RE: delys77 Nov 9, 2011 11:29 AM

                    When you mention savoury cake I immediately think of a polenta cake. Perhaps small cakes or muffins, maybe fried triangles, served with herbs like chive, rosemary and fresh basil with a side of marinara.

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