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Monday, November 7, 2011

Marble cake with Chocolate chips

I am a happy creature today. Because I can bake cakes! 
Just a couple of posts back, I was telling you all about how intimidated I am about the idea of cooking a perfect cake. But now I realize that the time I've spent on literally slopping up every bit of footage time of the Nigella and Rachael Allen shows on TV and browsing blogs with scrumptiously crafted cakes peering out at me has not all been in vain! Not that I can bake cakes as good as any of these expert bakers, leave aside Rachael and Nigella, but at least I now have the courage to try. And that's what makes me happy!

So when the Birthday Boy, staying far away from home, missed getting his cake delivered on time, I decided to bake a very simple homemade Marble cake with chocolate chips in it. His wife had lovingly couriered him a Birthday cake from back home (ya,I know that sounds daunting,but that is exactly how much he means to her maybe!) that would reach him on the morning of his Birthday. But somehow things got muddled up and the UPS man left without delivering the cake!I felt bad for the poor chap and then it clicked, why not a homemade cake just to cheer him up!So we had a fun time last evening, gorging on the Marble cake and wishing him lots of happiness and good cheer on his birthday.
I failed to make the swirls look very distinct (have to work on this next time) and since I was taking it as a gift, couldn't cut and take clicks of the inside.All that apart, it made me happy from inside, just because I could do it.


Sending this to 'Bake Fest#1' at Zesty Palette ...
and 'Winter Carnival' at Tickling Palates!Check out the lovely events!

Marble cake with Chocolate chips
You will need:
All-purpose flour - 1 cup
Brown Muscavado sugar - 1/2 cup
Castor sugar - 1/2 cup
Butter (softened) - Half a stick
Vegetable oil - 1 cup
Cocoa powder - 1 tablespoon, in 1/4th of a cup of hot water
Instant coffee powder - 2 teaspoons, in 1/4th of a cup of hot water
Baking soda - 1 teaspoon
Pure Vanilla extract - 1 and 1/2 teaspoons
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
Chocolate chips - 1 cup

How I made it:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking tray with butter/margarine or parchment paper.
2. In a deep-bottomed bowl, add the butter, vegetable oil, brown and castor sugar and cream everything together with an electric beater.

3. Add the eggs one by one,beating the mixture well after every egg. Add pure vanilla extract, baking soda and the chocolate chips and finally beat everything together well.

4. Take half of the mixture in a smaller bowl and add the cocoa powder and instant coffee liquids into that mixture. Mix well. So now you have two batters with you, one the chocolate batter and the other without the chocolate.

5. In the baking pan, place a spoon of the white batter at one corner and alternate it with a spoon of dark batter next to it. Keep on alternating the two mixtures,till both of them have been used up. Essentially,it should look like a brown and white checkered chessboard.Now using a clean toothpick or a skewer, gently swirl through the mixture creating random patterns. Swirl with very light strokes, otherwise it may all become chocolate colored, nullifying the whole effect (as has somewhat been in my case!)
6. Now bake it in the oven for about 35-40 mins or till a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Enjoy with a hot mug of coffee and enjoy your evening!

37 thoughtful musings left behind...:

aipi said...

Picture perfect ~ a great bake! Kudos!
USMasala

Vardhini said...

Perfect cake and nice clicks. Thx for linking to the bake fest event.


Vardhini
Event: Bake Fest
Event: Dish it Out - Soy and Tomatoes

Sudha said...

Hello aipi,
Thanks so much for coming and glad that you liked it:)

Hi Vardhini,
That's a lovely event you are hosting and so I had to link up:)Thanks so much for coming and thanks for your compliments!

Amalia said...

This looks and sounds delicious! Way to go! I never thought I'd be able to bake anything either, and now I bake every week! Congratulations :)

Sudha said...

Thanks so much for the kind words,Amalia!The happiness that you feel when you think you can't do something,but then do it - is something else:)So glad to see you drop by!

faseela said...

Happily following you.......
Wonderful cake......superb

Great time in your blog

kitty said...

This sounds wonderful, Sudha!!

Sudha said...

Hi Faseela,
Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for following!Glad to know that you liked it here - do keep coming back:)

Hi Kitty,
Thanks a bunch!!:)

Ambreen said...

Perfect and delicious looking cake, just fantastic!

Sudha said...

Thanks for the encouraging words,Ambreen!Gives me such a high:)Glad to have you at my place!

Jessa Irene said...

Wonderfully done too! It looks delicious.

Sudha said...

Hi Jessa,
Lovely having you here and so glad that you liked the cake so much:)

Marelie said...

Wow...I bet this cake is really really yummy.Hmmmm..if only we are neighbors...Please come and visit my place, the award is posted.. thanks...

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Sudha said...

Thanks a bunch,Marelie!Your goodness sparkles in every little thing that you do - so nice to have you as a friend:)

Amina said...

the cake looks delicious.. perfect... would give it a try soon..

Sudha said...

Glad that you liked it,Amina and thank you so much for dropping in:)Do let me know how it turned out!

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