Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kumquat Butter Cake

I have two persons close to me who love the classic butter cake, one is Wild Boar and the other one is   Claire, my buddy :)  So last Sunday, I decided to bake them both the cake they love ( killing two birds with one stone as the saying goes :p - shhhhh  the two birds will kill one instead if they read this )  I used a classic butter cake recipe and added in some homemade kumquat for a kumquat butter cake...whoa, the aroma that wafted out of the oven while it was baking was filled with the scent of kumquat  :)  I have two bottles of kumquat compote that I made sometime back and now is the right occasion to use them.  I know Claire would love this kumquat flavored butter cake.  She told me once that she really loves the kumquat I made :)  I gave her all the heart shaped ones and left the loaf pan one for Wild Boar.  Ok, let me share this secret with you. Each time I bake anything, I will just take a small slice...that's it , just to make sure the cake taste good or I will not be able to describe to you here how wonderful this kumquat flavored butter cake is.  Moist and the texture is what a classic butter cake should be ! Great to serve this for your afternoon tea with a  cup of your favorite  tea :)

I love my heart shape silicone muffin molds that I got from UK - Silicone Moulds UK.  I used them for making muffin, cakes and jelly.   Easy washing and easy keeping...I just have to stack them together - thus save space in my cupboard.   I gave all the heart shaped ones to  Claire. She came to pick them up after dinner and you know what ??  She finished two before she even reached her house *  wow,  she can't resist  them for the aroma of the cake sent her salivary glands into action !  LOL!  Lucky , the distance to her house from my place was just 2 km away or I can imagine all the cakes disappeared before her kids had a chance to savor them :p

the far left loaf is for Wild Boar....and the rest of the
heart shaped ones are for Claire , the lucky bird :p

seriously, one is not enough...it is addictive because
the kumquat is fragrant...that is why Claire can't
stop at one....then two....lucky she reached home
before she finish her kids' share LOL!

love the dimple effect on the cake

I took one small portion out of this slice.....
I am not a diabetic but I just want to control
coz I will be eating cakes all my life....as long as
I can still go on baking...right?  I am the baker and
the taster all in one....so have to put on the sugar control switch

this slice is for my readers.....virtual feasting is always 
healthier :p  but if you cant resist it and is salivating
do try the recipe out....you will definitely love the
texture and the fragrant of this butter cake !

Kumquat Butter Cake 

 classic butter cake 
250 gm Butter - softened
85 gm Castor Sugar  * I reduce the sugar to  65 g 
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
A pinch of Salt
4 Egg Yolks
1 tbsp Milk
200 gm all purpose  flour
5 gm/ 1 tsp Baking Powder
4 Egg Whites
85 gm Castor Sugar * I reduce the sugar to 60g

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10 pieces of kumquat compote- chopped it coarsely
kumquat compote for topping


Preheat oven at 175'c. Grease or line the 8" baking pan.
Sifted together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Beat together butter, sugar, salt and vanilla essense until creamy and light with mixer.
Add in egg yolks, one at a time and beat until creamy. Add in milk and mix well.
Fold in the sifted flour slowly spoon by spoon into mixture till well mixed.
Add in the chopped kumquat and mix well.
In a separate clean bowl, whisk eggs whites till foamy then add in sugar gradually. 
Beat to a soft peak and fold 1/4 into butter mixture. Mix well and fold in the rest.
Pour batter into baking pan and bake at 175'c for about 40-45 mins or until cooked 
(insert a skewer in the middle of the cake and it come out clean)

Have a nice day!

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  1. How I wish I have one in front of my office table now! :)

  2. You bake every day? Amazing! I would to do that too except I wouldn't be able to go through the door if I were to do that lol! My boys do not like cakes! The most they eat is a piece and i have to finish the rest or give it away!

  3. Aww, cute shape! Love the little bit of kumquat compote, sounds lovely!

  4. These look wonderful I know I would enjoy them. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. I LOVE this heart shaped mold!! These cakes look moist & delicious! I've never cooked with kumquat before but from the looks and soudns of these cakes I should try it out soon! Yum!

  6. I love butter cakes and have just discovered the wonders of silicone molds. Seeing as how I'll be baking from now on, I should adopt your one small slice rule!

  7. The heart shape ones look so cute, lucky Claire!

  8. They are so cute! And I think it's one of the rare recipes using kumquats (the fruit I tasted for the first time last Winter only, but instantly loved it). I will think about preserves next year...

  9. Wow.. congrats on you being in foodbuzz top 9.. thats a real achievement !

  10. This looks so delicious! I love the heart forms as well. It makes the cakes that much more wonderful. I just wanted to let you know that I am excited to try your recipe and thanks for the post.

  11. This is really creative to add here a kumquat! I like these forms too:)

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