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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Cake for Self

It's my birthday today...Happy Birthday to me :)  This is the first time i am baking my own birthday cake.   I thought I deserve some self loving :))  We all do, don't we?   So, might as well bake something that i will like and share the love!  

Being a citrus lover, I picked this kumquat orange cheesecake.  I never forgot how lovely it looked ever since i saw quite a few of my blogger friends baking it some time back.  Coincidentally, i saw kumquats at the store over the weekend and was also reminded of a kumquat bake that was made by Mel recently.  She simply loves kumquat, and it triggered my curiosity to try it out.

This is also my first bake with kumquat.  I love how it turned out, looks and taste wise.   Cake was creamy, the orange flavor was unmissable and the candied kumquat literally top it all!   And did i forget to say there wasn't much shrinkage and there were no cracks!  

Hopefully i will find some kumquats during the Lunar New Year to make this cake again.  Kumquats are auspicious for the chinese and this cake will definitely be something that will be very much welcomed. 

Source : First spotted on Cherry on a Cake then Table for Two or More with original recipe from Vera of Baking Obsession

For the candied kumquats 
Source : Table for Two or More
  • 250g kumquats (slice thinly about 3mm and remove seeds)
  • 125g sugar
  • 125ml water
  1. Put kumquat slices in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Add in sugar and water.
  3. Stir then simmer on medium heat until kumquat slices turn translucent.  If it's too dry add a little water, there should be some syrup left.
  4. Store extras in a jar.

The Crust 
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla wafer cookie crumbs (I used savoiardi lady fingers leftover from a previous tiramisu bake and finely ground in a food processor)
  • 1 tbsp packed golden brown sugar
  • 30g butter (cut into small pieces)
  1. Set the oven at 170C. Line a 6 inch spring form pan (i used a removable base pan) with parchment paper. 
  2. Combine all the above ingredients for crust. Mix well with fingers and pat and press into pan and up the sides about an inch. 
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and set. 
I wrapped the bottom half of the pan with heavy duty aluminium foil to prevent leakage since it was a removable base pan. 

The Cheesecake

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 T finely grated orange peel (from 1 orange)
  • 250g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1T all purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (60g) plus 1 small egg (40g)
  1. Combine half the amount of the sugar and orange peel in the saucepan. Rub with your fingers until the sugar is moist and aromatic.
  2. Add orange juice and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes until the syrup  is slightly thicken.  Cool completely.
  3. With an electric mixer beat cream cheese, remaining amount of sugar until creamy and smooth. Add in flour, salt and eggs one at a time. Combine well. Finally add cooled orange syrup/juice. Stir well to combine.
  4. Pour the cheesecake batter over  the crumb bottom. 
  5. Bake until softly set about 45 minutes. 
  6. When baked leave the cake in the oven for an hour to cool down and to prevent cracking the top. 
  7. Chill overnight and loosen the edges with a knife the next day and unmould (I manage to remove the cake from the pan after 2 hours without any chilling)
  8. Arrange the candied kumquats in circular rows on the top. 

  1. The recipe below is only 1/4 of the origin recipe and it is also with some slight variations from me.
  2. The original recipe recommended the water bath baking method.  I didn't use a waterbath but i place boiling water in 4 small tart moulds in the four corners of the oven and place cake on a tray above the moulds.


Happy Birthday to you! May good wishes keep pouring onto you on this beautiful day of yours...and may you stay healthy at all times!!
Kumquat!!!!! My favourite.....and I just couldnt get enough of this, really. I love kumquats on my bakes, spread the jam on my toast, on my cracker bisquits and they taste heavily delicious. If you have fall in love with this kumquat, you really got to try
the Kumquat Almond Teacakes! This is my keeper.

God bless you on your birthday

Happy Birthday to you! And what a gorgeous cake! It is a stunning cake and I am bookmarking it for a future bake. Hmmm...I should bake a birthday cake for myself too next year!

@Mel: Thank you for the warm wishes! May God bless you too. You certainly have a hand in influencing me to try out this kumquat bake and i am glad i did, more to come i guess :)

@Elaine: Thank you for the warm wishes and introducing yourself! May God bless you too.

@PH:Thank you for the warm wishes! May God bless you too. And thank you for the compliments. Do give this cake a try. Yes to bake cake for self :))

Happy Birthday to you and may you be blessed with great health and happiness. You deserve a lovely and delicious cake to mark your special day! I haven't bake with kumquat before, but I shall bookmarked this for future. Thanks for sharing.

Happy happy BIRTHDAY!!! The cake looks divine and you definitely deserve this wonderful treat.

Ade , Happy Birthday !!! Come to think of it , I haven't baked a birthday cake for myself yet :D Love the look of your birthday (cheese)cake , so yummy and pretty to boot .The citrusy flavor so as the candied kumquat topping sounds fantastic ! So , what did you get for your birthday then lol

Happy birthday to you Adeline, you've made yourself a very gorgeous cake indeed…am sure the taste is even better huh:) hope you've had a very happy day today:D

happy birthday to you! May you be blessed with love, joy and happiness always! I hope i can try making something with kumquats one day..mmm...kumquat cheesecake..nice..nice! cheers!

Happy belated Birthday to you. What a beautiful cake, like the colours!

Happy birthday to you!! :) I rarely bake a cake for myself on my birthday because I'm usually feeling too lazy haha.... I've never baed with kumquats before, but I love the fruit and it looks so pretty on your cheesecake, I should definitely try some day! It's a shame that they're really hard to get here though (and when they're available, they're always so expensive!!). Your cheesecake looks amazing btw ;)

Beautiful Cheesecake! Loaded with fruit, just the way I like it! Happy Birthday :))

Yum, that looks delicious!

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

I bake for everyone, not forgetting myself :p

You did well for yourself :D Your birthday cake is beautiful!


@Veronica: Thank you for the warm wishes! May God bless you too. This is my first time with kumquat too, do give this a try when you get hold of some kumquat :)

@Angie: Thank you for the warm wishes and the kind words :)

@Anne: Thank you for the warm wishes and the compliments! Yes, i think many of us bake for our loved ones but not ourselves :) Hmm, maybe i should get myself a present too for the next one :)

@Jeannie:Thank you for the warm wishes and the compliments!

@Lena: Thank you for the warm wishes! May God bless you too. I was very happy with the cake, try it someday maybe?

@Cheah: Thank you for the warm wishes and compliments! I love the colors too, fall inspired ;-)

@Von: Thank you for the warm wishes and compliments! I would love to have someone bake for me than to diy if given a choice :) In fact kumquats are not easily available here too, only when CNY is around the corner but the good thing is they are reasonably affordable :)

@Elzbeta: Nice to have you dropping by and leaving a note. Thank you for the warm wishes and compliments :)

@Cquek: Thank you for the compliments :)

@Zoe: Thank you for the warm wishes and compliments :)

Happy Belated Birthday to you, this is a gorgeous cake!

awesome cake for a special occasion :-)

Oh I'm late. Oh well, happy belated birthday!! This cake looks fabulous!

Hi, sorry I'm late. Happy belated Birthday to you. Wishing you many happy return.
Best regards.

Very delightful cake. :)

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