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Queen of Sheba July 23, 2008

Filed under: All-occasion cakes — crummb @ 11:18 am
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I THINK I’m the only person I know who doesn’t like chocolate.

In a food column I used to write for the newspaper, the signature question I asked the subject every week was “What would your last meal be?”. Many of them said chocolate, and I never understood it. What’s the big deal about chocolate? If I were to answer the same question, I’d say anything with whipped cream or butter.

Anyway, there is one chocolate item that I really like – my auntie’s Queen of Sheba.  I don’t know why it’s called that, my auntie doesn’t either – she adapted the recipe from some baking class she took ages ago. But it was the first chocolate cake I ever liked.

I think it’s because it’s so moist and rich in butter, with spots of grated chocolate bits scattered throughout, that it’s in effect a chocolate chip butter cake. Not surprisingly, it’s a bestseller in her bakery in Kota Kinabalu.

The good news is, I’ve learnt how to make this cake on my trip to KK two weeks ago to visit my auntie. No more asking my mum if she’s brought back any Queen of Shebas every time she returns from a holiday there. I can make it myself now.

And I must say, it is a curious recipe. As far as I know, it breaks three basic baking rules: Use cold, hard butter, use cold eggs, and whip eggs whites beyond stiff – till it’s clumpy and almost dry. Somehow, the cake still emerged super moist, super tender and with a great crumb.

How does it work? I don’t know. I just eat.


12 Responses to “Queen of Sheba”

  1. MS Says:

    i don’t like chocolates too! high 5!

  2. zann Says:

    you freaks, how can anyone not like chocolate! and i demand some queen of sheba STAT!

  3. crummb Says:

    surely there are more freaks like us out there. quick! stand up and be counted!

  4. Daphne Says:

    And I am gonna register for a Chocolate Appreciation Day course soon ! Join me? 😉

  5. Clare Says:

    I’m not big on chocolates per se, like I don’t buy chocolate bars and stuff. But I have a cardinal weakness for chocolate lava cake with the warm gooey fluid oozing out. So what does that make me?

    (Hmm, fussy I guess. Heh.)

  6. JyJy Says:

    Someone gave me a chocolate bar recently. I ate all the nuts and threw away the chocolate. Well, I guess I either need to find crazy chocolate friend to share my left over or make Queen of Sheba…. Trying to be Green, recycle please….

  7. crummb Says:

    jyjy: recycled chocolate? you are gross! ;-p

  8. Lyn Says:

    Hi PL,
    Rec’d info about your blog from my daughter. Impressive with all the sweat and tears thrown in. Curious about the Q. of Sheba cake – care to share the recipe?
    Thank you
    Lyn (love to bake & cake on weekends – that’s the only time available for a working mum)

  9. shelly Says:

    This butter cake looks delicate and sounds delicious.
    I’m very curious about the recipe, and was wondering too whether you might be willing to share it.
    Thank you!

  10. giselle Says:

    Hi just came across your website and love the cakes posted here. The pics are realy awesome! However, I can’t seem to see the recipes for all the cakes and so wanted to check out about the same with u.

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