La Cake Salé (Savory Pound Cake) for Christmas

"La Cake Salé" (pronounced "sal-A") means "cake of salt" in French. Cake Salé is savory cake, which looks like pound cake, but tastes like quiche. Cake Salé is very a pragmatic dish, basically prepared with any ingredients (vegetables, meats, etc.) you can find in your refrigerator. Cake Salé is usually created shaped like a pound cake, but since it is the Christmas season, I made my version more festive by using a fluted mold pan, and served with tomato sauce.

La Cake Salé (Savory Pound Cake) for Christmas


(Recipe by:Chef Yasue Siewert)


Prep.: 30 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes


Makes 6 - 8 servings


1 clove garlic, minced
6 slices bacon, cut into narrow strips
½ medium size onion, minced
10 slices of sliced pepperoni, cut into quarters
½ red bell pepper, diced
½ tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
10 to 12 okra, stem removed
Tomato sauce, warmed (for serving, if desired)


To prepare the filling, heat frying pan over a medium-high heat, cook the bacon until the fat is rendered. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add pepperoni and red bell pepper and cook another 2 minutes until cooked through and season with salt and black pepper. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add oil slowly while whisking. Add mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese in to mixture and mix well with spatula. Add the filling mixture and mix well. Add flour and baking powder and mix well until incorporated.

Spray fluted mold pan with a nonstick oil spray.
Pour the mixture into greased fluted mold pan until half full. Line the okra in the middle, and pour the rest of mixture over it.

Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

* This can be served with warmed tomato sauce.
* You can also serve with a simple green salad into the center hole.

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