It is always exciting making a marble cake, not so much excited into eating it but rather more excited to see how the marble turns out when the cake is cut. It's fun doing the marbling thing. I have baked 2 marble cakes, both Martha Stewart's recipes; well actually the 2nd recipe i got it from Sharon's site, using Martha's recipe as a guide, some changes has been made. One uses cocoa powder and the 2nd one uses semisweet chocolate or dark choc in mine. It has been a while since i last baked and when i started back to bake , i baked 3 marble cakes. One flopped and these 2 made it. No, not that i'm obsessed with marble cakes but just trying out to see if i can achieve a better looking swirls.
|this is the 1st one that uses cocoa powder|
|this is the 2nd one with chocolate. Chocolate Marble Cake|
The 1st one looks pretty okay to me and the 2nd one ( call it chocolate marble cake )..hmm..the pattern didnt turn out as appealing as the 1st one. What i did to the first cake was basically follow the steps in making a zebra cake, put the plain batter on the centre of the loaf pan, followed by the cocoa batter on top of it, i do need to tilt the pan left and right a little to spread it out. And what i did the the chocolate marble one was just dollop the plain and chocolate batter here and there. Both of these cakes are nice, they are moist and soft but if i really hv to pick one, i will choose the chocolate marble cake, it is more tender and the tastes better...so in the end..it is still the taste that matters, my less attractive one wins..hehe..
Recipe ( from marthastewart.com )
220gm cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt ( omitted )
1 cup sugar ( reduced to 150gm )
1tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4cup plus 1 tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder
1. Preheat oven to 350F/177C and butter and line a 9"x5" loaf pan. Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla, add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Set aside 1/3 of the batter.
3.In a bowl, mix cocoa powder and 1/4plus 2 tbsp boiling water until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture to the reserved 1/3 cake batter, stir until well combined.
4. Spoon batter into prepared pans, alternating spoonfuls of vanilla and cocoa mixture or any way you like to create a marble effect. Bake, rotating halfway until a cake tester comes out clean 40-50 minutes, transfer pan to rack for 10 minutes, turn out can from pan and cool completely on the rack.
Chocolate Marble Cake ( from featsoffeasts , adapted slightly from marthastewart.com )
225gm salted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
11/4cup all purpose flour
`/2tsp salt ( omitted )
3/4tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract ( omitted )
1 cup milk
4 oz semi sweet chocolate /bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1. Butter and line a 9"x5" loaf pan, In a heatproof bowl over simmering water, melt the chocolate.
2.Preheat oven to 180C ( i set mine at 175C) . Sift together flour, baking powder and salt
3. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar till pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is properly mixed in before adding the next one. Add in vanilla.
4.Add in the flour and milk in alternate batches. Flour first and then milk and so on.
5. Pour half of the cake batter into the melted chocolate. Fold in gently till well mixed. Drop large spoonfuls of chocolate batter, then plain batter till the pan is filled. Using your spatula or a knife, swirl the batter gently in number 8 motion only once or swirl anyway to create marble effect.
6. Bake for 1.5hrs. ( I baked mine for 1 hour and 15mins ) and if the top seems brown quickly, cover with foil. Check the cake after an hour to see if the cake is done. Remove from oven and when it's a little cooler, remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.
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