Marble Cake was in my mind from a long time but somehow wasn’t confident enough to try it, few weeks ago when my his college friend came all the way from Dubai to meet us I was determined enough to bake something special for me, with my fingers crossed and a nervous instinct I waited impatiently for the cake to come out of the oven to cut a slice and see the marble effect. And there it was with the swirl of chocolate and vanilla making an artistic design, bursting with the goodness of rich dark flavor of chocolate along with a simple moist vanilla cake.
His college friends are very much close to me as well, I have known all of them from college days, and so whenever anyone of them visits us I am equally excited as him. This particular friend and I do lot of exchange of culinary souvenirs, last time he got me a big box of Baklava and in turn I packed for him some of my baked goodies, this time he surprised me with Za’tar, not him but most of them will usually call me before visiting us if anything, in particular, I want from that city/country, this thoughtful gesture always touched my heart and remind me of the strong bond we all share from college days.
As I predicted last week that this week going to be insanely busy and like always my intuitions never disappoint me, it was a tiring week and somehow I managed to make it to the end of it, first two days I did long pending shopping expedition in the South of Bangalore with one of my friends then rest two days an unexpected photo shoot got scheduled and still there is an array of tasks to be done during weekend. I think I am in desperate need of a holiday to get away for a few days and rejuvenate my tired brain muscles.
Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Loaf Cake
Yields 9 inch loaf
For the Vanilla Batter
1 ½ Cup all-purpose flour
113g (½ Cup) unsalted butter, softened
⅓ Cup white sugar, powdered
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ Cup plain yoghurt
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt, if using unsalted butter
For the Chocolate Batter
115g semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tsp instant coffee powder steeped in 4 tbsp hot water
For the Chocolate Glaze
⅓ Cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp butter
⅓ Cup fresh cream
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler (see here). Add steeped coffee to it and mix nicely. Set aside to cool down.
With a hand blender whip butter and sugar until light and fluffy in texture. Add vanilla extract and one egg at a time, each time whip the batter for 1 – 2 minute.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
Now in the butter mixture add flour and yoghurt alternately in three additions and mix with the spatula gently each time so that all combined and moistened well.
Divide batter into two equal parts in separate bowls.
Mix in melted chocolate in one part of a batter and mix well to combine nicely.
In loaf tin, add a spoonful of vanilla batter on one side of the tin. Adjacent to it add spoonful of chocolate batter and then next to it vanilla batter.
Similarly, arrange spoonfuls of batter alternatively in the whole tin
Once the batter is arranged with a wooden skewer swirl to make a design but do not swirl too much as marble effect will not come neat.
Bake in preheated oven for 55 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean. Once done remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
To make glaze, heat cream in a pan with butter, add hot cream over chopped chocolate and mix nicely until chocolate melted nicely.
Cool the glaze and with the help of fork spread evenly over marble loaf.