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Hey, what’s up?  I’m in the middle of my France cross-country road-trip!  But to make you feel good as well, here’s a cheddar snow brunch cake!  It’s got double layers of sponge cake, loads of cream cheese frosting, and yes!, avalanche of grated cheddar snow!!!

Gotta go now.  See you on the other side!

Kitchenaid mini mixer in the house.

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Roughly adapted from Vivian Pang


    SPONGE CAKE: adapted from Natasha
  • 1/2 cup (122 grams) milk
  • 6 tbsp (85 grams) unsalted butter
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 1/4 cup (250 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240 grams) cake flour, or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 grams) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (3 grams) salt
  • 9.7 oz (275 grams) cream cheese
  • 6 tbsp (85 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (75 grams) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp (22 grams) powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven on 350 F/180 C. Add milk and unsalted butter in a cup or pot, then melt in the microwave or over the stove until the butter has melted. Set aside
  2. TO MAKE BATTER USING MELTED SUGAR: Place the eggs and orange zest in a stand-mixer bowl, then whip on low heat until beaten. Set aside. Use a wide pot (the bigger the surface area, the more even the sugar will melt) and add the granulated sugar plus 1 tbsp water (the water is not in the ingredient list), then set over medium heat. Gently and slowly swirl the pot when the sugar starts to melt (too much motion will result in crystallisation). Once the sugar has melted, turn the stand-mixer on medium high speed, then slowly drizzle the hot sugar into the eggs. Then turn the speed to high and whip for 10 min or more, until the eggs forms ribbons behind the whip. The volume should have almost tripled. Add the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  3. TO MAKE BATTER USING DOUBLE BROILER: Bring a small pot of water to boil, then turn off the heat. Add the eggs, orange zest and sugar (no water) in a stand-mixer bowl and let it rest over the hot water. Whisk vigorously until the egg-mixture are very warm to the touch and all the sugar has melted. Return the bowl to the stand-mixer and mix on high speed for 10 min or more, until the eggs forms ribbons behind the whip. The volume should have almost tripled. Add the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  4. FINISH/BAKE THE CAKE: SIFT the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl (very important to sift). Fold the flour into the egg-mixture in 3 portions (don't whisk or you'll lose the air in the batter). Only adding the next when the previous addition has been evenly incorporated. Then slowly fold in the milk-mixture in 2 portions. Divide the batter into two buttered-and-floured, 8 1/2" cake pan. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 min, until an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean. The original recipe says 35 min but the cakes were over-baked. I would check at 25 min. Let the cake cool down for 10 min, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. MAKE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: Start with cold cream cheese and butter. Whisk the cream cheese and butter in a stand-mixer over high heat until creamy. Add the sweetened condensed milk and powdered sugar, and whisk until even. Set aside in the fridge until needed.
  6. TO ASSEMBLE: Smear a generous amount of cream cheese frosting in between the two layers of cakes (if you want more pronounced saltiness, you can add grated mild white cheddar in the middle layer, too). Cover the top of the cake with more cream cheese frosting, then loads and loads of grated milk white cheddar.
  • Charlie Kwok

    August 14, 2016 at 4:49 PM Reply

    Never been much of a cheese lover, but this cake does make the prospect of cheese-eating sound appealing. :) hope you’re having a good one in France

  • tunie

    August 15, 2016 at 12:22 AM Reply

    Wow, wild cake idea…only from you : ) mini mixer is genius!

  • Soe | limeandcilantro

    August 15, 2016 at 1:38 PM Reply

    In Burma, when people say cheesecake, this is the sort of cake that they are referring to. Great to see that you are doing a recipe on this.

  • Stephanie

    August 16, 2016 at 9:02 AM Reply

    This actually reminds me of ensaymada- a filipino pastry. It’s essentially a dinner roll with butter, sugar and a healthy shmear of a hard grated white cheese (like a very mild parmesan) on top. But this is next level. You’re awesome.

    • Ellie | from scratch mostly

      August 20, 2016 at 6:28 AM Reply

      I was thinking the same thing!!!!! I loooooove the unique flavors in ensaymada~so satisfying. So intriguing. So addictive. <33

  • Geri Narvaez

    August 16, 2016 at 11:11 PM Reply

    Interesting!! Looks crazy and tasty! Hope your trip is blessed. We love you Mandy

  • Kate

    August 26, 2016 at 6:30 AM Reply

    You constantly surprise me. I’m totally intrigued. Thanks for always sparking my interest and reaffirming my belief that you never know everything about food. Ever.

  • Katrina

    September 1, 2016 at 5:03 AM Reply

    This is the exact kind of delicious cake that I look for at any kind of shower event/outdoor party/brunch. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Ann Pierce

    September 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM Reply

    What a wonderful light cake…my family loves it! I’m even serving to company tonight!!


    September 14, 2016 at 3:21 AM Reply

    Look so nice. I will try to cook it.

    I love this.

  • Lisa

    March 26, 2017 at 7:50 AM Reply

    So, this has become my go-to cake. :-) Everyone loves it. It’s light, surprising and a great conversation piece – it’s “no-cheesecake” cheese cake. This saturday evening I decided to bake it again on a whim – I have an excess of house farmed eggs. But I had no condensed milk or cheddar, so I just baked the sponge cake and winged the filling – I filled it with “Boca Doce”, a vanilla pudding we have in Portugal. Worked out fine.
    Thanks for the great recipe and the inspiring blog.

  • Da Cipriano

    June 15, 2020 at 6:32 PM Reply

    Your work is amazing really, Sensual and creative in one. Congratulations!!!

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