Saturday, February 26, 2011

Marble Cake


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Marble cake was my favourite cake growing up. It had the best of both worlds - butter and chocolate - with intriguing swirls thrown in. Whenever I visited a confectionery, the first cake I would always reach for would be a marble cake.

Of course, over the years, I grew up, and so did Singapore. And our tastes evolved. Now, at the mention of "tea", we reach for macarons, or warm chocolate tarts, or choux puffs. Yet, once in a while, it's nice to go back to simple pleasures. This marble cake was baked on a whim, when I was deliberating what to make for tea. Why not share a slice of my childhood with my children, literally? And so I did.

While the young ones had no issues with the cake, I have to admit ... the texture was not really my cuppa tea. This, despite the fact that it received an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars from 111 reviewers. Ooops!

It only dawned upon me after a few bites, that I should have tried a recipe where the yolks and whites were beaten separately and then re-combined. The crumbs would have been finer and tighter ... something I tend to favour in cakes.

Gosh, what has 2 years of baking done to me? I would have had no complaints with this just a year ago! Now I am actually fussing over crumb size. Unbelievable! :P

Recipe
(from BBC Good Food)

- 225g butter , softened
- 225g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 225g self-raising flour
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder

1. Heat oven to 180C/gas 160C/gas 4. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper. If you want to make life easy, simply put all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder) into a food processor and whizz for 1-2 mins until smooth. If you prefer to mix by hand, beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold through the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.

2. Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. Stir the cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls. Take 2 spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tin alternately. When all the mixture has been used up (and if young kids are doing this, you'll need to ensure the base of the tin is fairly evenly covered), tap the bottom on your work surface to ensure that there aren't any air bubbles. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.

3. Bake the cake for 45-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. Will keep for 3 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

PS: My friend Ellena from Cuisine Paradise was prompted to bake this cake after I posted. Take a look at her mini cakes here. :)

28 comments:

  1. I baked a lot of this with my mother when I was a kid. I need to get that recipe book from her and see how the eggs are used. I like finer butter cake textures too, and in this case, really dark chocolate bit.

    Are those two strawberries Korean?

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  2. I have always wanted and wondered how to make marble cake, now you make me really want to make it again. Thanks for sharing, Ju :).

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  3. We are our worse critics :) Your marble cake looks gorgeous. It's scary to think that in time to come, maybe the future generations will no longer know what simple marble cake is. Good that you are sharing with your children and that they love it.

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  4. I find them beautiful..yours is no exception..Sometimes I add a few tablespoons of sour cream or yogurt for a moister cake:)
    It
    s so pretty I would have loved it to be your cuppa tea:)

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  5. Could you be so kind as to tell me where you purchased your engraved spoon...it's so adorable!

    Grazie,
    Isabella

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  6. This brings back happy memories of primary school, where I used to buy a slice of marble cake from the school canteen. Ahhh I have a marble cake craving now!

    p.s. I think Bee (Rasa Malaysia) has a recipe for butter cake on her blog, which she has raved about. Perhaps you could modify it slightly to make it into a marble cake?

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  7. I am also a marble cake lover...this looks good to me Ju, but then all of your cakes do!

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  8. I love marble cake too - and I think I'll quite happily eat this one, even if it doesn't quite meet your stringent standards! :p

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  9. I couldn't resist a good butter cake especialy a marble cake. Thanks for remind me to make again.Have a nice day ahead.

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  10. It's called refinement. :D If you've been wearing a gunny sack all this time, then one day you are given silk, would you go back to gunny sack? ^_^

    Which method did you use to make the cake? Processor or mixer? Nice to have an old-fashioned cake once in a while, instead of a mousse cake or genoise sponge. :)

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  11. Ju, your marble cake looks delicious and moist. I grew up eating marble cake which my mum used to bake. In fact I was just searching for a good recipe to try out last week, will give this one a go.

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  12. I want to try this as well! I used to eat quite a fair bit of this cake back in SG as well.

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  13. Marble cake is a favorite of mine as well, there is something irresistible about a buttery cake swirled with chocolate.

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  14. Nice! Marble cake is one of my favourite too!

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  15. Mmmmm...love a marble cake! Brings back memories of childhood dinners on Sunday night!

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  16. Oh yum, I love simple cakes and this looks fantastic. I love the two opposing colours swirled together.

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  17. This gotta be one of my comfort food dearie.. serious. So not chi-chi right? Hahahaaa!

    Love your swirls (both your cake and your hair *wink)!!

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  18. Oh i love marble cake. Buttery and chocolaty can't go wrong with that. Can i come over?

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  19. Ju, marble cake represents my childhood too! I've craved the buttery-ness and tried to recreate it many times, but it just doesn't taste right! Looks like we will have to keep trying to find the perfect recipe? ;)

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  20. I love marble cake, this looks really nice.

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  21. My oh my, you ARE the cake connoisseur aren't you? ; ) Well, I think it looks perfect!

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  22. Ju,
    I tried this yesterday and I love it very much! The taste was truly wonderful. However, instead of adding cocoa powder, I added "ground" oreos into one portion, and my children love it! And so do I! Thanks very much for sharing the recipe. This is definitely a keeper for marble cakes!

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  23. I always love comfort food....simple and yet so yummy...thanks for sharing

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  24. Yes you were a fan of marble cake when we were young. I definitely remember that!!

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  25. Hi, I tried to bake the cake last night and it turns out hard the next day. Can you please advise me what is wrong?

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  26. Yes mine also hard, tried 2 days ago.
    Some more the recepi is not this one , it does not have any liquid content , this one has at least.
    Mine harder than yours Anonymous !

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