125grams½ cup butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
185grams1½ cups pecans, roughly chopped
125grams½ cup butter, room temperature
155grams¾ cup caster sugar/superfine sugar
1teaspoonvanilla bean paste
285grams1½ cups papaya, mashed
260grams1½ cups self-raising flour
¼teaspoonbicarbonate of soda
Pre-heat oven 180°C (360°F). Grease and line a 23cm (9 inch) loose base round cake tin.
In a medium size bowl mix flour and sugar. Add butter and rub through the mixture with your fingers, it should resemble fine breadcrumbs when you are done.
Mix through pecans, and place mixture in the fridge until needed.
Using stand mixer or beaters, in a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and pale. Then add vanilla bean paste, mixing well.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
Once eggs are incorporated add mashed papaya, mixing through thoroughly.
Add flour and bicarbonate of soda, half at a time, mixing well.
Pour half the cake mixture into your prepared cake tin and then sprinkle half the streusel mixture over the top.
Carefully spread the remaining cake mixture over the top of the streusel. It may feel like the cake batter won’t cover it, but it does. Take your time spreading slowly. Then top the second layer of cake batter with the remaining streusel mixture.
Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Test with skewer in the middle of the cake, there shouldn’t be any raw batter on the skewer when removed.
Remove from oven and leave on a cake rack in the tin to cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes carefully remove the loose base with the cake from the tin, remove the base, and leave on the cake rack to cool.
The cake can be served warm from the oven with ice cream, cold with unsweetened whipped cream or just as it is.
The papaya pecan streusel cake has a generous amount of streusel in the middle and on top of the cake. The buttery streusel in the middle adds a band of colour and flavour difference. Where the streusel on top has the role of going crunchy when baked for some beautiful texture.