Unsalted Butter (Softened to room temperature): 225 grams (1 cup)
Cream Cheese (Softened to room temperature): 150 grams (3/4 cup)
Granulated Sugar: 350 grams (1 3/4 cup)
Vanilla Extract: 2 tsp
Zest of lemon/orange (Optional): To taste
All Purpose Flour: 260 grams (2 cups)
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Cheddar cheese for toppings (Optional): As required
Preparation: Start by setting the stage. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease your preferred baking pan and give it a light dusting of flour. This ensures easy cake release once baked.
Butter & Cheese Fusion: In a large mixing bowl, take the softened butter and beat it for about 30 seconds, ensuring a smooth texture. To this, incorporate room-temperature cream cheese. Blend the two together for another 30 seconds, or until they meld into a unified creamy base.
Sugar Rush: While ensuring a steady medium speed on your mixer, introduce the granulated sugar gradually. As you add the sugar, the mixture will attain a fluffy consistency, signaling the perfect blend.
Flavor Infusion: For an additional layer of zest and aroma, infuse your batter with either lemon or orange zest. Follow it up with the vanilla extract. Beat the ensemble on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is airy and light.
Egg Integration: With the mixer still running on medium speed, add the eggs one at a time. Ensure each egg is well incorporated before adding the next.
Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Lightly whisk to combine. Gradually blend this dry mixture into your wet ingredients. It’s crucial to mix on low speed to prevent overbeating. Once the flour is nearly combined, switch to a spatula and fold the batter until smooth.
Baking Time: Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan, ensuring an even spread. For an added touch of savory, sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top. Bake in your preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes.
Cooling Phase: Once baked to perfection, let your Cream Cheese Butter Bliss Cake rest in the pan for about 20 minutes. Then, gently invert it onto a wire rack, allowing it to cool completely.
Serving Suggestion: This cake stands out in its simplicity. However, if you desire a touch of added sweetness, a light dusting of powdered sugar can work wonders.