When I used to see a marble cake in the bakery I would always be awed as to how one can get these incredible marble effect in a cake. Of course, I was not a baker at that time and I never even wished to be on. Baking was one helluva art for me and I never even wanted to go near it. Infact, my first few attempts were so disastrous that they cant even be mentioned. But gone are those days…..now I can really bake a cake or some cookies with closed eyes. That sounds like some bragging…..but really it is true, and am saying so for all those people who feel that baking is some rocket science.
It sure is a science, but its nothing that cant be overcome. Once you start getting the hang of the eggs and butter and flour, the consistency you can really bake a cake to your desire. Rajeev prefers really dense and hearty cakes so I use a lot of wheatflour in my cakes because they really and filling and perfect for my quick breakfasts for him and Viha, and am really at peace that they are consuming something substantial instead of all purpose flour.
Well, that’s for some other time, because there are some times when I really want a cakey cake, i.e., a really soft and fluffy and sponge like cake and that’s when I use all purpose flour.
This marble cake is the right mix of vanilla and chocolate….who doesn’t like them? Anyone out there?
The picture is from my old collections and therefore not so much to the standard, I was really inexperienced in photography then…..its really that old 🙂
But the cake is a keeper. Do try it.
1/2 cup unsalted butter – room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (I really like using salted butter and therefore I cut this half spoon to just a big pinch)
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (use a good quality)
2/3 cup buttermilk (plain yoghurt)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour the loaf pan.
Cream the butter and sugar till light lemon-colored and fluffy.
Add the eggs and beat well, now add the vanilla essence and stir to mix
Seperately, sieve the flour, baking powder and salt.
Now add the flour mixture half into the egg mixture, whisking as you do so.
Add the buttermilk and mix well, now add the rest of the flour and mix well.
Roughly divide the batter into half. In another small bowl add 2 – 3 tbspn of hot water to the cocoa powder and mix into a smooth paste. Mix this chocolate mixture into one half of the batter.
Now comes the magic part…..so much for all those moments when my eyes would grow wide at the sight of a marble cake.
Don’t use a very big pan please.
Pour in half of the vanilla mix, top it with half of the chocolate mix, then repeat the vanilla and then the chocolate.
Use the back of a spoon and just give it a gentle swirl….don’t stir so much that the chocolate batter just mixes with the vanilla batter.
Bake for about 40-50 minutes, checking in between to see if its done.