The marble cake ! What are you making amma? Marble cake, YUM ! Oh.. no...no.. But why honey bee , why?
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My child then launched herself into a frantic search under the couch, inside a box, and unearthed a couple of marbles she plays with, picked it up, puffed a weensy sigh of relief and left the place without looking at the cake again. Now may I ask, why do we loose our inherent ability to connect the dots as we grow up? Offer me many leads on anything and I am still clueless. When you are three you need only one to get going! Chocolate vanilla marble cake is one of the three desserts I fondly remember from when i was young. Back then it was always served plain with out any frosting which undoubtedly was the best way to enjoy a cake with such intense milky taste and a melt in the mouth texture.


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Unlike I did while making this cake you see in the photo, mix coco with only 1/4th of the batter, which helps in getting a finer marbling. There are many ways to make this well working recipe taste even better. Add 1 tsp of instant coffee granules to the coco mixture and you could call it a mocha marble cake, or just add ¼ tsp instead and make people wonder about what kicks the chocolate flavor up a notch in the cake. Substitute milk with evaporated milk and the cake tastes out of this world, trust me.


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I am sending this post to the Kerala kitchen event hosted by Ria this month celebrating recipes from or inspired by the cuisine of the state

Vanilla-Chocolate Marble Cake


Recipe All purpose flour – 1 ½ cup Corn flour/starch – ¼ cup Sugar – 1 cup Butter – ½ cup (1 stick) Eggs -3 Baking powder – 2 tsp Vanilla essence – 1 tsp Coco powder – ¼ cup Milk- ¾ cup Salt – ½ tsp

Make sure all ingredients for this cake are at room temperature. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F. Butter and flour a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Mix all purpose flour, corn starch, salt and baking powder with a wire whisk for about 1 minute, keep aside.

Beat softened butter with sugar till it is light and fluffy. This step is very important to get the right texture for this cake. You will have to mix at medium speed if using a stand mixer for about 6 minutes. Now add eggs one at a time mixing in between. Add vanilla essense.Keep mixing for 2 more minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add the flour mixture in four batches, alternating with milk. Mix till everything is well combined. Add 4 tbsp boiling water to coco powder, mix well with a spoon. Take out 1//4 th of the batter to a separate bowl and whisk in the coco mixture. Mix very well. Spoon the white and chocolate batter in an alternating fashion to resemble a checker board. (Use a big spoon for white and smaller one for chocolate to make it easy) Once you spoon in all the batter, tap the pan twice strongly on the work bench to remove the gaps between the two batters. Now run a knife deeply through the batter going from one side to another from one end to the other in a swirling fashion. Repeat the swirling process 2 more times.


Bake for 40 minutes or till a tooth pick inserted at the center comes out clean. Keep the pan on a wire rack and let the cake cool for 10 minutes. Unmold the cake and allow to cool down completely ( ~ 1 hr). Enjoy with a cup of tea.


* I used Hershey's Special dark coco to get the deep chcolate color you see in the cake

20 comments:

Tanvi said...

I was looking for this one, looks good. Thanks.

Priya said...

Woww wat an elegant cake, sooooo irresistible..

An Open Book said...

i never seem 2 get the marble effect right

Anonymous said...

Thank you Archana,i was looking for a good marble cake myself. I am drooling over he pictures.
Priya

Gulmohar said...

One of the finest marble cakes I've seen :-)Like the contrast from the dark cocoa

Swathi said...

Adipoli cake, Looks awesome.Love the dark color.

Mishmash ! said...

Tell Sarah Bee that I 'm having all her marbles:D
I tried it and turned out to be an ideal tea time treat..best with some black tea/coffee. Thank you :)

and one more thing,looks like you forgot to mention baking time and also the part to add the vanilla essence..

Divya Kudua said...

Love the marble effect--its been ages since I had this..lovely!!

archana said...

Tanvi,
Thank you dear.

Priya
Thank you much

Nisha
The best way which worked out for me was the checker board like spreading of batter and then swirling.

Thank you very much Priya

Gulmohar
Blush ! Blush ! Thank you very much dear.

Swathi,

Thank you, thank you

Mish
Wow, coming from you, it is such a great compliment. I am soooo happy that you made it. You saved the day, thank you. Turns out i skipped pasting the last paragraph over, all changes are made now. Mhhhh,i will tell her, rest is between you and her OK ?

Divya,
Thank you, i am glad that you liked it. This is kind of the growing up in Kerala cake, isn't it?

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

Lol, how adorable! The cake is nice, too! :)

Swapna said...

Beautiful marble cake Archana!!! one of my childhood fav too... it's been ages since I had this...

Anonymous said...

Hey Archana...

Cake is so yummy and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe

Aparna

Suja Sugathan said...

Elegant cake,love the marble effect,thanks for sharing the recipe.

magpie said...

Thanks for sedning this over to Kerala Kitchen! Reminds me of the Marble cake from Ann's bakery!

Sarah Naveen said...

The best marble cake ever :).
Love your pictures...

Sanchita said...

Lovely pictures :)

smmashers said...

Ever since I saw this post, I had a craving for marble cake. I purchased all the ingredients and waited for the perfect sunday to come by so i could bake it. I baked the cake yesterday all alone at home. When the hubby and kids came home, the aroma filled the kitchen! The cake turned out perfectly...perfect texture! It was the perfect accompaniment to the tea! I am saving this recipe for years to come! Thanks!!!

smmashers said...

I did notice that the cake needed to be in the oven for more than 40 mins. I know ovens vary but at 350 degrees I had to bake the cake for an additional 15-20 minutes before i got a clean toothpick. All worth it, Baby! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Archana,

Thanks a lot for this recepie.. I am already making it for the second time.. Looking forward to try many more recepies from your blog..

thanks..
Prachi

Visala Manaskan said...

Awesome!!!!

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