Sep 3, 2009

Back to blogging - and a Milky Marble Cake.


Going back home is always great. The family, food and the whole atmosphere back home is just pure bliss. I stayed for three months, seems long, but I didn't know how time flew. Well, any amount of time feels short when I'm in India, so that's another story. Getting back to routine just feels tougher now, not to mention cooking and cleaning ( well, am home all the time, so that's nothing much rite ??)..

Anyways, I thought let me start blogging. But then, nothing has been happening in the kitchen, so am blogging about something which I had before going on vacation. I don't know the frequency of the posts that will happen here, but I hope to not go missing out of the scene. Ya, reminders and nudges are welcome :)..

Coming to today's recipe, its a Milky Marble Cake which I had made many months back for a friends anniversary. It was something which I had seen in one of the books and had in mind for a long long time. The actual recipe calls for a Madeira cake, but the procedure seemed very lengthy, so I just followed shortcuts which I always do with most of my cakes. I went a little overboard with the marbleing, but this was a first time, so some concession there :).

For the Cake that I made, you will need the following. I have used the store-bought cake mix. All the quantities are rite, except for the chocolate bars, I am just writing down from memory.

Ingredients

Ready Cake Mix (Sponge Cake) - 1 pack plus you will need the eggs, oil and water as mentioned on the pack.
Semi Sweet baking Chocolate/Chocolate chips - 4 oz.
Milk Chocolate Bar ( Hersheys/DairyMilk/any veriety) - 1 bar, approx. 4 oz.
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
Lemon Zest - grated from 1 lemon
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Icing sugar (Confectioners) - 3/4 cup
Toothpick

To make the Marble Cake :
- Prepare the Cake mixture as per the instructions on the back of the pack. Divide this prepared mixture into 2 parts. Keep one as it is and to the second one add about 2 tbsps ( or as per your preferance) of cocoa powder. To adjust the consistency, you can add a little milk and mix it evenly.
- In a greased 9" round cake pan, dusted with some flour and lined with a parchment paper cut out to round shape, pour in alternate spoonfuls of the plain mixture and the chocolate mixture.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 325deg F till done or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Take out and cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, I like to place it on the serving plate, so that you don't need to shift again.
- Next is to make the Chocolate curls. You will need 3oz. of the chocolate bar, make curls using a peeler. Spread out the curls on a thick sheet of paper.
- Melt the remaining chocolate and set 2 tbsps. aside. Spread the rest of the melted chocolate around the sides of the cake.

- While the chocolate is still soft, coat the sides of the cake in chocolate curls. Do this gently by slightly tilting the cake on one side and rolling the curls on it. Do not press heavily.
- Next is to make the Glace. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and mix the sugar evenly to form a glace of the consistency of pouring cream. Spoon this icing onto the top of the cake evenly and spread to the edge.

- Drizzle the reserved 2 tbsps. of the melted chocolate over the icing. While still soft, run the tip of a toothpick through the chocolate and icing to create the marble effect. And its ready...

- The inside of the cake looked like this picture below..

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11 Comments:

Happy cook said...

I totally agree any amount of time is not enough when one is in India.
Love the marble efffect on the cake and looks so good.

Jyoti V said...

1st time here..read your blog...nice recipes.. Nice come back entry....loved the cake..

passionforlife said...

Looks yum! :)

Shilpa

Mayuri said...

Have been a following ur blog for a long time but never commented. hope u had nice time in india.
ur cake looks delicious.
I am a goan based in Calgary Canada now but was in houston texas for 2 years and other US states for 5 years
ur konkani recipes remind me of my goan recipes.
ur blog header pics of the temples remind me more and more of goa and I get nostalgic. :)
do check my blog.

Aysha said...

The cake looks so delicious...wish i could have one slice now!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely cake...looks delicious and Nice step by step pic as well...

Divya Kudua said...

Welcome back Maya!!Hope you had a great time in India:)

Cake looks lovely,you say you went overboard but I think the marbling effect is just perfect,more like swirls..love it:)

Cham said...

In India, we never look at the clock here it is quiet opposite! I was in India too...
Welcome back and the marble cake looks perfect!

Red Chillies said...

hey Maya, you are back. Nice to know that you had a good time. I got your email, will respond soon. Take care!

Meera said...

Hi Maya,
Happy to know that you had a great time back home. I know that feeling, yaar. However long you stay there, the trip seems to be short always, isn't it? Loved your cake.
Looking forward to your blog posts. Welcome back!!

Nithya said...

Wow.. this cake looks brilliant :) yummm..

You have a lovely blog. will be back often :)