Sunday, December 4, 2011

Marble Cake

I still have half a kilo of butter sitting in my fridge which is expiring in 2 weeks' time, so the thought of making a butter cake or a marble cake immediately sprang to my mind. Making a marble cake was probably the fastest way (not necessarily the best way though, in terms of healthiness) to get rid of at least 250g of butter, I thought. 

So here is a simple but delicious marble cake recipe adapted from Violet Fenying's old blog (which has ceased to exist).

Sorry for the bad lighting, but here is 1/4 of the marble cake left...

Ingredients A
250g butter (room temp, cut into small pieces)
225g fine sugar (I reduced to 200g)

Ingredients B
250g eggs (I used about 5 medium eggs, each 55g each)

Ingredients C (sifted)
250g cake flour
5g baking powder (about 1.5 tsp)

Ingredients D
75g milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredients E
20g cocoa powder (sifted)
60g hot water


Method

1. Dissolve Ingredients E with hot water to form a cocoa paste, set aside.

2. Blend Ingredients A evenly in the mixing bowl at medium speed.

3. Add eggs one at a time, combine well.

4. Reduce speed, alternately add Ingredients C and Ingredients D to the batter in three additions, mix well with spatula.

5. Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into a bowl and add in the cocoa paste.

6. Pour the batter into the a lined 20cm baking tin by alternating spoons of vanilla batter and cocoa batter. (I used an unlined and ungreased 23cm bundt pan, I find that there is no need to grease the pan as the butter content is high enough).

7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 45-50 min and remove from oven.

8. Transfer cake to a wire rack and leave to cool.

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