Monday, February 28, 2011

Romeo and Juliet Cake


O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Probably this is one of the most famous lines in  Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet story. But have you heard of a Romeo and Juliet cake? If you google Romeo and Juliet cake, you probably wont find many listed under the search. I have used the recipe here , thanks to Talitha of Chocorango. There is a unique combination here in the cake that calls for grated parmesan cheese to be used in the cake and guava paste as topping or filling if you like. In South America, the combination of cheese and guava paste is also known as Romeo and Juliet, i do not know why..maybe because we never have thought of cheese pairing with guava and yet they make a perfect couple. There isnt any guava paste available in my place here so i make the my own guava paste instead. The recipe for the guava paste can be found here. I only made half of the recipe for the paste..just enough for this cake.I do not know whether if i have made the guava paste correctly, the color of the guava paste is quite different from those store bought ones available in overseas. The guava paste has a strong flavour of guava but i find it a little bit too sweet for me.  As for the cake, i could have overbaked it causing it to be a little dense, a little aroma of the cheese but if you eat that with guava paste, then you wont get to taste the cheese flavour. Thanks also to HTC( Have the Cake) for organising this Romeo and Juliet cake for this month so that i have the opportunity to know the cake and the new discovered combination.





Recipe from Chocorango
3 large eggs
200gm sugar
200gm flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1tbsp baking powder ( i used 1/2 tbsp)
20gm grated parmesan cheese ( i replaced with 30gm parmesan powder)
200ml milk
40ml oil

Topping
300gm goibada cubed ( guava paste)
water

I used my home made guava paste and did not any in any water cos that's already spreadable.

Method:
1.Preheat oven to 350F.Grease a 22cm round tin. Sift the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and set aside.
2. Beat the eggs with sugarfor 10minutes on high speed. Beat for 2 minutes more on low speed. Fold in the sifted ingredients.
3.Mix in 1/4of the batter with oil and milk.
3. Fold in the remaining batter and add in parmesan cheese.
4.Spoon into the pan and bake for 25minutes. Let cool on rack. Cover with guava paste/goiabada.
 ( i baked mine at 160C for almost 50mins)

I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #4- Love is in the Air ( feb2011) hosted by Cuisine Paradise and also linking to HTC ( Have The Cake).


the paste after cooking


32 comments:

  1. I've never seen anyone baking with guava and this is a true eye opener.

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  2. omg lena! i've learnt something new. i find it so lovely! and is truly mouthwatering! (:

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  3. The cake is very pretty! And I have not heard of guava paste before. Very interesting indeed! Your cake looks delicious!

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  4. Oh yes, I heard of it before from one of my south America blogger. Their guava paste is solid. So, normally they cubed the paste and baked together with the cake batter. And yours looks absolutely gorgeous. I am salivating here. Thanks so much for sharing. You're super cool! :o) Hope you're enjoyng your evening.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  5. the cake doesn't look overbaked to me at all. it looks really fluffy yet moist, love the fine crumbed texture.

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  6. I have read about guava paste before but hv not tasted any...yours looks interesting! I like the look of that cake

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  7. gosh.. Lena, i m not going to read the recipe.. can i just order from u? :)

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  8. this is lovely, i think Talitha used pink guava yeah? I'm so curious to what it actually tastes like!

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  9. What a romantic cake!! I bet it will melt the heart of your loved one. ;)

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  10. What a good surprise, Lena! I wasn't expecting to see the romeo and juliet cake here today! I'm so glad that you bake it!

    The guava paste color is really different but looks gorgeous! And I must confess: guava paste is also too sweet for me. =)
    For this reason I like to melt it and stir in a little lemon juice and water.

    I've got a tip section in Portuguese Chocorango that is called Eles Testaram (They tried) where I present all those recipes which was tested by the Chocorango readers. Can I show your guava paste cake?

    Have a great day!

    Xoxo

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  11. I have never heard of this cake and I've never baked with guava. Your results speak for themselves. This looks lovely and sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. Wow Lena! This cake is gorgeous! especially with guava as topping, its sure to be sometime new to learn from.

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  13. That's an interesting name and intriguing recipe...! I've never had guava cake, and with cheese...Wow, this is something I'd like to try one day :D)! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wow, this is so interesting! It's my first time seeing such a unique cake! :)

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  15. I have seen this cake recently at many blogs, really an intersting cake for me.

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  16. What a unique name for the cake! The cake must be taste nice with additional cheese in it, plus the unique guava taste. Yummy!

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  17. Lena, this cake is so impressive with your home made guava paste.
    plus very romantic with the name of Romeo and Juliet.

    I'm excited with the addition of Parmesan cheese in this cake and the texture is so wonderful.

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  18. Yummie, love the combination of guava and cheese. Looks delicious! Have a great week ahead :-)

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  19. What a beautiful name for the cake! It looks really soft and moist. Love it. I have never heard of guava paste. Looks like any ingredients back home can be used to create a type of food. Sure Malaysia Boleh!! :D

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  20. wendy: it's my first time too come across guava paste with cakes.i've seen guava paste in 'my little space' blog sometime ago.

    jess, thank you dear for your sweet words!


    jasmine: thanks! the cake tested not bad but a little sweet on the paste

    kitchen flavours: yeah, it's is a special combination unknown to me until i'm aware of this cake!

    hey kristy: yeah, i remember seeing the guava paste from your blog and you told us that it's a gift from your blogger friend..that time i aws just curious about the taste..now i know..

    hey jean: actually it's a bit dense like butter cake

    jeannie: thank you! i knew abtthe guava paste not too long ago from kristy's blog..she made mantou using the paste as filling.

    claire: order closed..haha!

    alan: maybe, i'm not too sure and maybe talitha used the ready bought ones. YOu can taste the flavour of guava but just a little sweet for me. actually not bad if used as jam to pread on toast..

    foodforthots: thanks! not sure abt melting the person's heart but at least those who tried it found it not bad..

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  21. hi talitha: sure you can post this up in your blog..my pleasure.

    mary: same goes for me..i never thought of the use of guava paste in cakes..it's an interesting combination.!

    ellena: yes indeed, thanks to talitha too!

    cooking gallery: yah, do try it one day and see if you like this cake..

    hi cathy: nice to see you dropping by again and thanks for your kind words!

    jess, if you click on the HTC link, you can see a few more of those bakers baking the same cake

    hi doris: yes, a unique name ..infact the cheese in it make the cake taste a little different than ths usual plain yellow cake.

    zoe: i wanna try this cake, firstly to support the event and since the guava paste is not available, i just got to make it myself..Not really complicated but just needs a little time! Yes, the cheese and guava paste is an extraordinary combination!

    juliana: thank you for your lovely words!

    marymoh: yup, the name itself already sounds romantic!i think guava paste should be available at your area but i think the texture is quite different. Those are hard ,solid texture resembling leather and will have to cook it with water to become paste. yes, malaysia sure boleh!!

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  22. Whoa...so romantic Romeo Romeo where are you :p this cake is new to me..cheese and guava paste....mmmm how you make your guava paste ? Secret? :p

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  23. Wow wonderful and delicious cake!

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  24. But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
    And this cake is sure something really beautiful.
    Wow! I have never seen something soooo exceptional.
    And I bet one piece will lead to three!

    Lena....you are an artist with cake baking.
    And your photography deserves to be in one of those glossy cooking mags.
    You not only good with baking, but in photography too.
    Any more ahemmm, talents you have? Ha ha ha.
    I copy the pic....can? Its so beautiful!
    Lww.

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  25. Sharon @ Fun and LifeMarch 2, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    That is soooo beautiful! And so romantic :D. Romeo and Juliet - such a tragic love story that tugs at your heart strings. Cake looks delicious though! :D

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  26. This is such a beautiful dessert! The guava topping sounds amazing! :)

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  27. lena, you are very creative! And fresh ingredient is much better than store-bought!

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  28. what an interesting history on the cake. Guava and cheese sound a bit on the fancy side. But i guess so did romeo and juliet being together right? LOL

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