You are browsing the archive for 2011 December 02.


December 2, 2011 in Cakes


The news24food team has done an excellent job with the transition to wordpress – and now it’s just a matter of time before I can
work my way around wordpress and find my fellow bloggers as well. The pace to the countdown to Christmas is picking up with the shops starting to get overcrowded as the excitement and shopping madness starts to set in. The boozy,
dark, fruity and nutty Christmas cakes complete with marzipan icing and fruitmince pies are my favorite goodies at this time of the year – definitely satisfying for someone with a sweet tooth like me.

For me an invitation to tea has to include something sweet –so when my neighbour
who prefers savouries came to visit for tea – I decided to make this cheese and marmite cake which is an interesting combination of sweet and savoury – and am glad to say that she enjoyed it and wanted the recipe.

It’s an old recipe from the You cookbook where it is described as “this rich butter cake with its melted cheese and marmite topping
is the perfect treat for lazy Saturday afternoons”.




90g butter or margarine

200ml sugar

1 t vanilla essence

2 extra -large eggs

500ml cake flour

2 t baking powder

¼ t salt

125ml milk


2 t marmite

50ml butter

125ml grated cheddar cheese


Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Grease a 31 x 20 cm ovenproof dish with butter,
margarine or nonstick spray.


Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the vanilla essence.

Whisk the eggs and beat into the creamed mixture.

Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the
mixture, alternating with the milk.

Mix well and turn the batter into the prepared dish.

Bake in the preheated oven to 25 – 30 minutes.


Mix the marmite and butter.

Prick holes in the cake as soon as it comes out of
the oven and spread with the marmite mixture on top.

Sprinkle with the grated cheese and return to the
oven until the cheese has melted.

Serve hot.