Saturday, August 4, 2012

It's Durian Season!

Durian Cake
During the last June school holidays, my family went to Muar, together with my friend whose hometown is Muar. She cordially invited us to stay in her BIG house and took us around for sightseeing and, of course, to eat famous Muar food like Otah and Assam Fish.

Let's Visit Muar
My friend's mother, who stays in Muar, had also a whole big basket of DURIANS, from their relative's trees, waiting for us! I don't really fancy durians but I had a great time just watching the rest, especially my husband, sitting around the durians and popping one durian after another into their mouths.

What Am I Gonna Do With This??!!

She insisted that we should take some durians home and so I am left with a whole tub of durian flesh in my freezer.

To thank my friend for her hospitality,  I decided to make a Durian Cake for my friend's daughter's birthday.
The little girl was SO happy and I was SO glad to see the beaming smile on her face :)

Recipe for 
Durian Cake

Ingredients (for the sponge cake)

egg yolk 3
sugar 30g
salt a pinch
vegetable oil 30g
milk 40g
vanilla essence 1/4 tsp

cake flour              75g
baking powder 1/2 tsp

egg white                 3
cream of tartar1/4 tsp

Ingredients (for the durian mousse)

durian puree200g
gelatin powder3 tbsp
water6 tbsp
whipped cream200g


  1. Line a 18-cm round cake mould with grease-proof paper.
  2. Sift Ingredients (B) together.
  3. Use a whisk and mix Ingredients (A) well.
  4. Pour egg yolk mixture slowly into flour mixture. Fold gently till the mixture is well combined.
  5. Whisk Ingredients (C) until soft peaks form.
  6. Take 1/3 of beaten egg white and fold into mixture in step 5.
  7. Pour mixture in step 6 into remaining beaten egg white and fold until well combined. ( You have to do this step fast and do not over-mix)
  8. Pour batter into mould. 
  9. Bake in oven (preheated at 170 degrees C for 10 min) for 25-30min.
  10. Immediately invert the cake after taking it out of the oven and let it cool before removing it from the mould.
  11. For the mousse, sprinkle gelatin powder on water and let it rest for a few minutes. Then dissolve it over double boiler. 
  12. Cook durian puree with milk then add the gelatin mixture. Let it cool before adding the whipped cream. Reserve some cream for top decoration.
  13. To assemble, cut the cake into three layers. Using a mousse ring, sandwich layers with durian mousse and leave in the fridge to set.
  14. Finally, decorate the top as desired.

I have used only a small portion of the durian. What's next... durian puff, durian pancake, durian...........

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