Monday, December 27, 2010

Santa Claus Boston Cheesecake

It seem to be quite awhile that I have not baked anything for dear husband's colleagues. Since is festive season, I decided I should bake a cake for dear husband to celebrate advanced Christmas with his colleagues since his office will be shut down from Christmas Eve until after New Year.

I gave options for dear husband, cheesecake or american carrot cake. To my surprise, his choice is cheesecake (I guess he has fell in love with cheesecake after the cheesecake I had made for dear brother's birthday recently which I have yet to post as I need to jump queue for Christmas bakes).

I wanted to have another entry to the Christmas Giveaway hosted by Swee San of The Sweet Spot to give her more support. And at the same time, I do not want the cake to look simple and plain, so I decided that I should use whipped cream to pipe out some design on the cake to have more Christmas feel :).

Ho.Ho.Ho. Have you known my identity already?

Do you think the cake look like Santa Claus face? Dear husband and dear daughter and friends asked me why the hat is pink instead of red? SK even said I "forced" the Santa Claus to change his hat to pink cos dear daughter likes pink hahaha... Not that I want it to be pink but no matter how much red coloring I added to the whipped cream, it just turned out to be dark, darker, darkest pink, I just wouldn't get red color :(. And I was so lazy to mix another color for the face, so I just use the cake as the face. So lthis cake ook more than a sun tanned girly Santa hor? heeheehee....

The sliced cake looks very messy, cos I "dig" the cake out from the mini chiffon cake pan, just want to show you the inner look.

Dear husband took photos of the cake after sliced.

I am submitting this entry to the Christmas Giveaway hosted by Swee San of The Sweet Spot.

I am also sending this to Aspiring Bakers #2 Christmas (Dec 2010) hosted by Jane of Passionate About Baking.

Recipe adapted from 愛在廚房.

Ingredients : (for 9" but I used 8" round cake pan and a mini chiffon cake pan)
Sponge Cake Base :
2 eggs
60g castor sugar
48g (4.5 tbsp) cake flour
32g butter, melted (I burnt the melted butter so I replaced with canola oil)

Cheese Layer :
150ml milk
20g castor sugar
3 eggs
20g constarch
250g cream cheese, room temperature (I increased to 300g)
1/2 lemon zest
130ml whipping cream
2 tbsp cake flour
60g raisins (I increased to 80g)
60g sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Method :
For Sponge Cake :
1. Line and grease 9" cake pan, pre-heat oven to 180C.
2. Whisk eggs in the mixing bowl, mix sugar in a few additions.
3. Whisk till ribbon stage - when you lift up the whisk, the marks will disappear in about 3 counts or you are able to write the number "8" on the batter using the dripping batter and the "8" will only disappear in 3 counts.
4. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 20 mins or until skewer come out clean.
5. Remove the cake from the cake pan immediately and set the cake a side till cool.

For Cheese Layer :
1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C.
2. Seperate egg yolks and whites.
3. Pour 100ml milk and 20g sugar into a small pot, heat up and stir until the sugar has dissolved, turn off the fire.
4. Add in the balance 50ml milk and stir well, add in egg yolks and mix well, add in cornstarch and stir till well mixed.
5. Turn on small fire and cook till the egg & milk mixture become slightly thicken (just for a while if not the mixture will turn to custard).
6. Off the fire, sift the egg & milk mixture and set a side to cool.
7. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy, pour in the egg & milk mixture in a few additions, mix well.
8. Add in the lemon zest, whipping cream and mix well.
9. Sift in the cake flour, mix well and add in raisins.

10. Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice till foamy, add 60g sugar in 3 additions and whisk till soft peak.
11. Add in 1/3 of whites to the yolk mixture and mix well.
12. Pour in the yolk mixture into the remaining whites and fold gentle till well combine.
13. Place the sponge cake on the cake pan and pour in the cheese mixture.
14. Bang the pan on a flat surface to get rid of those big bubbles trapped in the batter.
15. Bake the cake in water bath method for 2 hours.
16. Cool the cake in the wire rack and chill the cake for 1 day or at least 6 hours, unmould cake and serve.

The amount of cream cheese used in this recipe is more towards light cheesecake. However this cake is special, the texture is between light and heavy cheesecake. It tasted rich, creamy with light texture but not as heavy and solid as amercia cheesecake. The lemon zest and raisins have definitely make the cheesecake more flavourful. This is my review based on the cheesecake baked in mini chiffon cake pan without sponge cake base that I kept for myself. As for the comment from dear husband based on the 8" cake, he said the sponge cake layer is dried (not sure why cos this is the 1st time I used sponge cake as cheesecake base, mostly I used cookies base. And the sponge cake looked soft and moist and spongy before I sent in for baking with cheese layer), cheesecake layer has hint of cheese taste, not thick but still delicious.


  1. Oh I like the way you dressed up the cheesecake! So creative!

  2. wah!!! very pretty cake Jess! must be double yummy!

  3. Wao! Lovely cheesecake for Xmas! I should try to make cheesecake for Xmas next time.

  4. Ho! Ho! Ho! This a cute Santa from sunny side of Singapore! :)

  5. Love that cheesy cake. Lovely frosting. Like the colors and design.

  6. Jess, I've been trying to make comments here for last 2 days but failed due to site problem. Anyway, sounds like you're having so much fun there. And the cake looks gorgeous & cute! At the same time, wishing you a Happy new year.
    Best wishes, Kristy

  7. This is a very well decorated cake. May i know what is the tip no that u have using for the top frosting.

    Best Regards
    christine Ang

  8. Cheese Santa! Looks cute with that fully bearded and rounded face. I would like Kiss Santa...hahaa ;))

  9. What a great idea for kids! Thank you for the great wishes and I wish you a happy holiday season and many more recipes next year!

  10. The santa claus is so cute... great job Jess ^_^

  11. HoHoHo... very cute and delicious cake. :)

  12. That's a cute cake!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  13. i like how the cake looks moist yet light at the same time. and santa looks really cute with his fashionable pink hat hahah

  14. "Sun tanned girly santa" xD It looks wonderful! The cake looks so good!!

  15. The Santa Claus frosting is very interesting and nice.

  16. I love the beard!!!
    Just imagine how much colouring bakeries use to get it super red.
    But I heard they use powder dyes rather than gels.

  17. this is a cute santa cake and his 'beard' looks very nice!

  18. How cute...:)! It looks very yummy! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  19. That's such a cute, pretty Santas Claus Christmas cheesecake! Very well done! I like it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  20. woah so cute and nicely decorated! hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year! ♥

  21. I love it! Looks totally scrumptious too. x

  22. So cute!

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  23. This is so cool!! You are super creative. Happy new year!

  24. happy new year jess! have a wonderful year ahead!

  25. I love the swirl of the santa's beard, it's lovely decorated. Happy New Year 2011 to you and family :)

  26. Wishing you and your family a great year in 2011. Happy New year!

  27. Happy New Year Jess and to your family too! May you an even better year in 2011! Happy Baking 2011!

  28. Very creative and looks delicious.

  29. How very cute and creative! Your daughter must have been delighted with girly santa!

  30. What a creative way to dress up a cheesecake! Bet everyone loved it as well and wishing you all the best for 2011.

  31. very nicely decorated cake. Very cute :D

    Happy 2011, Jess!

  32. Hi Christine Ang, apologised for the late reply. I am not sure which tip no. I used cos my tips are those a small package with a few tips, no indication of no. leh so I used what tips I have to do all the frosting. Sorry cant help you much.


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