Savory cheddar cupcakes with caramelized shallots, leek and Creamy White frosting

Fool your guests with this starter disguised as dessert.
1 serving


  • 75 g of soft butter
  • 75 g Castello Creamy White
  • 25 g of red pesto
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce


  • 4 shallots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • A little butter


  • 130g soft butter
  • 25g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 grams of white flour
  • 50 g whole wheat flour
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 30g grated cheddar
Savoury cheddar cupcakes with caramelized shallots, leek and Creamy White frosting



To make the frosting whisk softened butter and Creamy White into a uniform mass. Add the pesto and chili sauce and stir well together. Let it set in the fridge.


Chop the onions and leeks.

Cook the onions slowly in butter in a frying pan over medium heat. When they start getting a little color add the sugar to kick start the caramelization. The onions are done when they have turned completely golden brown.

Remove the onions from the pan and fry the leeks briefly. Let both cool


Preheat oven to 180 ° C (hot air)

Beat the butter thoroughly until completely soft. Add sugar and whisk into a uniform fluffy. The eggs are whipped in one at a time.

In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper and thyme. Whisk the dry and wet ingredients together and then carefully add the grated cheddar in the dough.

Fill each mold with about 1 tablespoon dough, so the bottom is covered. Add the onion and leek in the middle and add another layer of dough.

Bake for about 25-30min until golden and crisp. Let them cool before you decorate with the cheese frosting and a bit of fresh thyme.