Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Double Reasons For A Celebration!

This is my 100th post! When I started blogging,  I never knew that I would carry on to my 100th post, at first I thought that I would give up after a while, but no, I'm still here, blogging away! It has been a lovely 100  fun and yummy posts and there's more to come! Along 'this journey' of my 100 posts, I have read hundreds of other delicious and fabulous ones from all of you, of which I have tried out some of your recipes, but have not got round to posting them yet! I will!

I have been wanting to make this cake for months. Whenever a recipe calls for the egg whites to be beaten separately, I always put it off "until I have the time"! I'm really lazy at beating the egg whites separately because that means I have to wash my stand mixer bowl after that and use it again to mix the other ingredients! There's no other bowl to fit my stand mixer. See how lazy I am? So for recipes like this, I always put it off again and again. But then, I kept going back to this recipe again and again, finally I told myself that I'll bake this cake for my 100th post!  Made it yesterday (phew, that's one off the list!) and this cake turns out to be really delicious!  More about this cake after this exciting news!

The exciting news is.......I'm the winner of "Culinary Smackdown Battle Chile October 2010" hosted by Rebecka of At Home With Rebecka!  Yahooooo! It is really exciting! I never thought that I would win this! I have never won anything in any contest or anything, except when I was in my 3rd or 4th grade, I won 2 sets of story books for my entry in a radio contest! LOL!

My winning entry Sambal Petai with Eggs

All the other entries in the Culinary Smackdown are simply fabulous! To take a look at other delicious entries, please hop over to At Home With Rebecka. To make this even more exciting, Rebecka has been so kind and sweet to present the winner with this fabulous gifts, a Teapot and Cup set for one, and a tin of Apple Spice Tea!

This is like putting icing on a cake! A fantastic way to 'celebrate' my 100th post!  Thank you, Rebecka! I would pass a slice over to you if I could!

Now as the winner, I'll be hosting the challenge for November. Gosh, I have yet to think of a theme for this month's challenge! So stay tuned for this, I'll be announcing it real soon!  

Now, back to this cake. This is really a delicious cake. The bottom layer is chocolate sponge and it is not at all dry as some other sponge cakes, and the best thing is it refrigerates well.  The top layer is made up of cream cheese and a little amount of sour cream, but I use my own homemade yoghurt instead.  There's a wonderful fragrant smell of the orange zest and together with the orange juice, gives a light delightful taste of the orange and cheese, all blended into one yummy cake. 

I refrigerate the cake overnight and had a slice this morning. Goodness, it is so yummy! The top layer is really moist and creamy. The bottom layer is chocolaty. They are perfect together!  I highly recommend that you try and bake this!

I'm sharing this fabulous cake with Cookbook Sundays at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen

Orange Baked Cheesecake
(adapted from "Baking Code" by Alex Goh)
For the Chocolate Sponge Cake layer, 23cm round :
Ingredients A
5 egg yolks
20gm sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredients B
5 egg whites

Ingredients C
120gm sugar

Ingredients D
90gm plain flour
20gm cocoa powder

Ingredients E
60gm corn oil

Method :

  1. Whip ingredients A, until light and fluffy.
  2. Whip ingredient B, until soft peak forms.  Add in ingredients C, continue whipping until stiff.
  3. Mix the egg white mixture with ingredients A until well blended.
  4. Fold in ingredients D, mix until well-combined.  Add in ingredients E, mix until well incorporated.
  5. Pour it into a greased and lined round mould.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes. Remove the cake immediately when baked. Cool on a wire rack.

For the Cream Cheese Layer
Ingredients A
250gm cream cheese
20gm sugar
1 orange zest

Ingredient B
3 egg yolks

Ingredients C
30gm orange juice
80gm sour cream (I use my homemade yoghurt)

Ingredient D
25gm plain flour

Ingredient E
3 egg white
55gm sugar

Method :
  1. Grease and line the sides and bottom of a 23cm round springform mould.  Base a greaseproof paper.  Wrap the outside of the mould with aluminium foil. (extending over all around).
  2. Cream ingredients A until light.  Add in ingredient B, cream until smooth.
  3. Add in ingredients C, cream until well-blended.  Add in ingredient D, mix until well-combined.
  4. Whip ingredients E until the soft peak stage.
  5. Mix the whipped egg white with the above cheese mixture until well incorporated.
  6. Place a layer of sponge at the bottom of the mould.  Pour the cheese mixture over the cake.
  7. Bake in a water bath (Bain Marie method) at 160 degrees C for 1 hour.

(my notes : the sponge cake will shrink slightly upon cooling. I suggest using a smaller springform mould, about 20-21cm when getting ready to bake for the top layer.)


  1. Oh my gosh, a big congratulations for winning the chile smackdown!!! That is so awesome. I can't wait to see what you come up with November's culinary smackdown. :o) And I just love your cheesecake as you've made it just the way I like it. I love when there's a layer of cake with the cheesecake. It makes it a bit less rich and less "cheesecakey." I bet this is delicious with the chocolate and orange - great combination! Thank you so much for submitting this to Cookbook Sundays and again, congrats!

  2. What a happy post! A wonderful cake and fun news about winning the smackdown, congratulations. Your cake slice looks absolutely perfect!

  3. This look amazing and delicious! gloria

  4. I would take of piece of your cake any day!! Slide a piece over the cyber waves and I'll be happy to gobble it right down!

    Congratulations on your Culinary Smackdown Win!! You deserved it! I really need to take a lesson from you about all of your unusual cooking ingredients, ie kaffir lime leaves, candlenut and belacan! I know what kaffir leaves are but have never used them in a recipe, as for the other two...never heard of them. I know these ingredients are what you cook with on a regular basis but they are wonderfully exotic to me!

    It was a ton of fun hosting "Battle Chile" I hope you have as much fun as I did hosting the November Smackdown Challenge! I can't wait to hear what ingredient you choose!!

    I still need your address so I can send your gifts...xoxo

  5. Congratulations on your win. That is great news.
    The cake looks divine! I would also like some for breakfast, please.

  6. Congrats, cake looks absolutely gorgeous, scrumptious and divine..

  7. Congratulations on your win!It's really not a good idea to read this at 9pm....now you have me crave for some cheesy treat!

  8. Thats a perfect piece of cake....Congrats...:)

  9. Congratulations on your 100th post and for winning the smackdown! The cake is so scrumptious looking with that layer of cheese over top!

  10. Congratulations on your 100th post AND on winning the Culinary Smackdown! This cake looks like a wonderful way to celebrate- it looks delicious! Chocolate and orange is such a yummy combination. :)

  11. This cakes looks delicious...and a fantastic way to celebrate 100 posts! :) Glad to have stumbled upon your blog.

  12. Hi Brenda,
    Thank you. I have the theme for this month's challenge! Will post it soon. This will be fun! Yes, the cheesecake is not too cheesecakey! I'm like you too, I love cheesecake if they are not too rich! It's nice linking to Cookbook Sundays!

    Hi Melynda,
    Hope to see you in the coming challenge! Have a lovely day!

    Hi Gloria,
    Thank you! Have a nice day!

    Hi Rebecka,
    The cake is on the way over the cyber waves!
    Thank you again Rebecka, and also for hosting the October challenge. I will have fun hosting this month's challenge, looking forward to it!

    Hi My Kitchen in the Rockies,
    Thank you! A slice for you is on the way across the cyber wave too! Have a nice day!

    Hi Priya,
    Thank you. Have a nice day!

    Hi Angie,
    Thank you! A piece to you too across the cyber waves!

    Hi Foodie Ann,
    Thank you for visiting. Nice to see you. Have a lovely day!

    Hi Reeni,
    Thank you! Have a lovely day!

    Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    Thank you. Have a lovely day!

    Hi baking.serendipity,
    Thank you for dropping by. I'm glad to see you here. Have a lovely day!

  13. Congratulations on winning! That is wonderful! I just found your blog but I'm excited to snoop around! Happy 100th post!

  14. Congrats on your 100th post and winning the Culinary Smackdown! What a lovely cake to celebrate this joyous occasions...

  15. Looks delicious.....yummy...i feel really hungry now.

  16. Congrats on your 100th post & the win!!! You surely deserve all the celebration :D Love your orange cheesecake. I have bookmarked it. Hope to make sometime. Thanks very much for dropping by while I was away. Have a great day!

  17. Congratulations on your 100th post and congratulations on your win! Who else but a Malaysian would know how to cook a mean sambal petai?! ;-) The tea set is lovely, hope it arrives soon for you. Your 2-tier cake looks good too, I would like a slice, please!

  18. Oh I'm very lazy about separately whipping egg whites too, but this looks worth the effort. Looks wonderful.
    Sue :-)

  19. Hi TheHealthyApron,
    Thank you for stopping by. Nice to see you here! Please feel free to snoop around! Hope to see you again.

    Hi Treat and Trick,
    Thank you! Have a lovely weekend!

    Hi Orchid de Dangau,
    Thank you! Have a nice weekend!

    Hi Mr. Pineapple man,
    Thank you! Have a nice weekend!

    Hi Mary Moh,
    Hope you enjoy trying out the cake! Thank you for your kind words! Have a nice day!

    Hi KY,
    Thank you! Ha! Ha! Yup, sambal petai is indeed the "signature" dish of a true Malaysian! Would love to pass over a slice of the cake to you!
    Have a nice day!

    Hi C&C,
    Thank you! Looks like I'm not the only lazy one here! It's nice to know that I'm not alone in this! LOL!

  20. kitchen flavours, i want to congratulate you on your 100th post. You really truly have a great blog! Lots of great work you have on display here. And this is a great cake to use as your 100th post as well!

    And it must have been super exciting to win the Culinary Smackdown!! Congrats!

    As usual, keep up the wonderful work!