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Out of inspiration to prepare a savory cake? We offer you some ideas for garnishes, from the most classic to the most original.

Indispensable for successful picnics and guest of honor at aperitif time, the savory cake should not be reduced to these occasions. Allowing all kinds of variations, the savory cake accompanied by a salad or a soup constitutes a simple and tasty meal.

How to make a savory cake every time?

Originally, the cake designates a round or rectangular cake, containing raisins and candied fruit. It has given rise to multiple recipes for sweet cakes such as apple cake or spice cake, ideal for tea time.

The savory version has nothing to envy as it can also give rise to a variety of recipes.

Savory cake recipe: the base

Ingredients for savory cake

  • 200g T65 flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 cL of vegetable oil
  • 12 cL of milk (vegetable if you want)
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional: 80 g grated cheese

Salty cake: child’s play! – © VGstockstudio

For best results, ingredients should be at ambient temperature to avoid lumps and for the cake to rise well during baking. For the savory cake, it is better to usevegetable oil instead of butter which will make the texture denser.


Start by mixing flour, yeast and salt. Dig one well and crack the eggs in the center. Pour the milk and oil. Mix gently then more vigorously until a homogeneous paste is obtained. If you wish, this is when you can add grated cheese for even more fluffiness.

Then, let your imagination run wild for the toppings of your choice.

How to make your cake fluffy?

The cake is often criticized for being too dry.

To obtain a soft cake as desired, the first rule is to cook at low temperature – 160°C – even if it means slightly lengthening the cooking time.

feel free to let the dough rest for a few minutes the time to preheat the oven for example (even all night) so that it rises more.

Finally, after 10 minutes of cooking, make a full length incision with the blade of a knife covered with butter so that it swells and cooks evenly.

Egg-free cake and gluten-free cake

You have no more eggs or you want to make a vegan cake ?

Use these basic ingredients:

  • 200g flour
  • 20 cL liquid vegetable cream
  • 6 cL of vegetable oil
  • 5 cL of vegetable milk
  • 10g baking powder
  • 4g baking soda
  • salt

Always for a vegan cake, you can also mix 200 g silken tofu, 250 g flour and 125 ml vegetable milk.

To make a gluten-free cake, preferably choose a Chick pea flour or other flours to combine: rice flour and cornflower because rice flour alone is crumbly, Buckwheat flour and potato starch or Chestnut flour and arrow root because the latter two are very dense.

Some ideas for toppings

Anti-waste cake: a way to accommodate leftovers

Preparing a cake may be an opportunity to reuse the remains of the aperitif, empty the bottoms of the cupboards and finish everything that is started in the fridge:

savory cake recipe

Cake recipes to adapt to the seasons – © Elena Veselova

  • cake with fried vegetables with a little garlic
  • cake with olives or olive ham cake
  • cake with dried tomatoes and pistachios
  • cake tuna
  • ham cake, peas and curry
  • salmon cake with leftover crumbled salmon filletsa few strips of smoked salmon and fennel
  • cake the day after squeegee or day after Cheese fondue

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Recipes for vegetarian cake and sweet and savory cake

Try these flavor combinations, whether for a special occasion or for a weeknight menu:

  • cake with dried figsgoat cheese, feta and honey
  • cake cabbageRoquefort cheese and thyme
  • button mushroom cake, cream and mustard
  • cake pears, roquefort cheese and walnuts
  • carrot cake, Coral lentilscurry and hazelnuts
  • zucchini cake, fresh goat cheese and basil
  • cake pumpkinfeta, pecan nuts and pumpkin seeds
  • pumpkin cake butternut squashturmeric, mint and coconut oil
Banner illustration: Savory vegetable cake recipe – © Desiree Dunse

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