Torta de Quesito con Bocadillo (Colombian Fresh Cheese and Guava Paste Cake)

by Erica Dinho on June 2, 2012

Torta de Quesito con Bocadillo (Colombian Fresh Cheese and Guava Paste Cake)

This Colombian cake from the Boyacá Department of Colombia is very versatile, as it can be served as a side dish, appetizer or dessert. Traditionally this cake is made with cuajada, a Colombian fresh cheese made with non pasteurized milk and rennet tablets, but I adapted my mom’s recipe to make it with quesito or queso fresco.

There is something about this cake that really makes my mouth water. The smooth creamy texture of the fresh cheese combined with the sweet guava paste in a cake is absolutely delicious. It is hard to believe a cake so easy to make can offer such a variety of flavors.

Buen provecho!

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Ingredients

(4-6 servings)

  • 6 tablespoons butter, soften
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups Colombian quesito or queso fresco
  • 1 1/2 cups of bocadillo or guava paste, diced

Torta de Quesito con Bocadillo

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter cake pan and line it with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, ground cinnamon and baking powder and set aside.
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  3. In a bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla, milk, cheese and beat until smooth and blended, about 1 minute more. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture until smooth. Transfer half of the batter to the prepared pan.
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  6. Place the guava paste pieces over the batter, spreading it evenly.Top with the remaining batter and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Colombian Fresh Cheese and Guava Paste Cake

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa June 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Butter, cheese, guava – what a perfect combination! My kind of snack!

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2 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! June 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Me encanto…I love my guayaba y queso. In Puerto Rico the combo of both is called Romeo y Julieta.

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3 Erica June 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM

It is the perfect combo, Norma!

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4 Mary June 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I have never seen this dessert before. You have made me curious to try it. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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5 Heather @girlichef June 3, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I LOVE the combo of guava & cheese…and I love how you’ve put it into a cake. I would adore a slice (or two) of this :)

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6 Christine Caldwell "Chris" June 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Hi Erica, Last month while looking for Colombian tamales wrapped in banana leaves I found your site. What a treasure it has been to see so many Colombian recipes. Your displays of the ingredients and colorful
finish products are great. Love the way you use the blender, making it so
easy to make some of your recipes.
Do you have a recipe for making “besitos” or yellow marbles as they are called here. They are made with Yuca and cheese then baked. It would be
a real healthy snack.
Did you know that yuca has anti inflammatory properties and Guanabana
cancer preventative properties and it’s all natural. You can check in the Inter-net.
Thanks for all the great recipes!!! Chris

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7 Joanne June 4, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I’ve had guava paste sitting in my cupboard for FOREVER, probably waiting for you to post this recipe! Yay! I’m so excited to try it!

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8 grace June 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

what a unique cake, erica–i’m so glad you wrote this post!

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9 Kristi Rimkus June 5, 2012 at 11:17 PM

My mouth is watering looking at your cake. I’ve not seen guava paste I’m off to see what it is.

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10 Susan June 12, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Erica, I made this cake over the weekend and it was delicious. I love the texture. It is very different and interesting.

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11 Erica June 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Thank you for all your comments!

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12 Evelyn Lopez September 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I want to make this fabulous looking cake -for my son-in-law, whose Columbian. For the cheese is that 20 ounces for 21/2 cups?

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13 Erica September 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Yes.

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14 Christina October 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I made this for an Olympic Party a few months ago as the Colombian dish… it was the first thing to go (about 10 minutes after the party started) and everyone asked for more… NOTE TO SELF, make a double recipe next time. Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

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