Friday, July 20, 2012

Chocolate Marbled Cake

This is the sixth THB bake, chosen by Lena from Frozen wings.

With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking this cake for the event, The Home Bakers organised by Joyce, Kitchen Flavours. For this event, we are baking all recipes from one book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe has been baked from this book.

As mentioned at my first THB bake, I pledged to bake as much as I can like a retro-style home baker for all my THB bakes. Unfortunately, my wooden spoon have been thrown out due to its failure to mix too much butter on my second THB bake. - Ops! Nevertheless, I think that a classic marble cake itself can be quite a retro thing for me to bake... I know. I know. You must be thinking that I'm finding excuses because I don't seem to be not retro enough for this bake but I really think marble butter cake is always a classic cake to bake. Convince? - *wink* To console myself, I will make the marble swirl in this cake with a retro-looking knife... LOL!

As much as I like to bake and eat a classic marble cake, I'm actually quite sad to say... I have one hit and two misses for this bake. The hit for me is that I was actually feeling happy to see a nice looking cake freshly baked from the oven. Misses... (1) Despite that the cake looks good at its outside, I was disappointed to see the ugly swirl inside. I should have predicted this as I can tell that my cake batter was actually quite thick to create a good swirl inside the cake. Unfortunately, I assumed that I had created enough swirl and was sad that the cake had lesser swirls than what I expected. (2) This cake is moist and ok to eat but has a compact texture. I was disappointed that it is not fluffy like most traditional marble cake. Not really my kind of "retro" marble cake after-all...

I could have fix my no. 1 miss by baking the cake again, with more swirls inside the cake but didn't want to bake this cake anymore because we thought that this cake is just so-so for us.

After this bake, I'm actually quite disappointed with these two butter cakes that I have baked from this book. I was wondering if this is the kind of cake texture that Lou prefers or maybe I am expecting something too different from these cakes... To be positive, I shall not stop trying! And, hopefully, I can find other good recipes from this book and enjoy different cakes from different perspectives.

My disappointing marble cake
Making the cake batter
Making a marble swirl inside the cake
Happy and Sad seeing the cake

Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Lena from Frozen wings for the recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake:
  • Using 1/3 of the recipe, I've baked this cake in a 8 cm x 17 cm loaf pans at 160°C fan forced for 50 min.
  • The chocolate that I'm using has 70% cocoa content.
  • I didn't add instant coffee powder dissolved with hot water into my cake. I tried to substitute the missing amount hot water with a similar extra amount of sour cream. 
  • I have replaced the baking soda with baking powder.
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  1. Cant believe its our 6th bake!!
    I like your idea of baking it in a loaf pan.and yes butter cakes have more compact texture as compared to sponges.
    Will try to post Jamie's recipe soon :D
    Have a great day!

  2. Zoe, dont sound so sad. Cheer up its Friday but I think it looks ok to me. I also dont normally get nice marble effects. Let's see what's my outcome when I try tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

  3. Oh, 2 cakes in a time! I more than happy to help you to finish this cake, swirl is ok to me!

  4. Hi Zoe,
    Sorry to hear that this cake is not what you expected. My cake batter was not thick, and the cake turns out really moist, soft with tender crumbs. It's great that you gave this a try! :o)

  5. Hi Zoe, your cake actually looks very moist from the picture. I understand how hard it is to create those swirls. I have made 3 of this cake, and only once I managed to get those swirls correct. And only some part of the cake had swirls. So I had to cut up the whole thing to figure out which to photograph!

  6. I think you're too hard on yourself. Okay, so it wasn't' perfect, but it still looks great!

  7. I don't think the swirls are bad, in fact I like how the cake looks. I agree that with thick batter you can't get the perfect swirls, but I'm sure it doesn't effect the taste. I'll give this recipe a try :)

  8. When I first read your comments in THB , I was a lil surprised...not really sure if it was due to the weather .l hv used yogurt instead of sour cream, the cakes are quite light. Compared to the almond cake, I think this is more softer. Your marble looks better than mine , at the effects r more, mine also no swirl

  9. Wah...I would love to try this. The swirl looks nice to me!

  10. The wooden spoon's not retro enough ?! lol I'm not a picky cake eater , I guess I can swallow a slice of two of that yummy cake ! :D


  12. I don't see anything wrong with the marble cake dear! I make exactly the same cake and it looks the same to yours:

  13. You've inspired me to make a coffee cake this weekend!

  14. Don't worry the look of the cake (inside or outside), my husband will eat it all for you! Marble cake is his favourite cake out of all the cakes. :)

  15. I am sorry, you did not like this better but it certainly looks great. I think your swirl is just fine.

    I made little roses with no marble. They are cute. Since, I make everything gluten-free, I can't tell if the cakes are as good as they should be. My husband liked his roses.

  16. Hi everyone,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.

    My family and I were very sick for the past few days and so I was unable to reply or visit your blog. I hope to recover and back to my blogging routine soon. My apology for any inconvenience caused.


  17. Love the contrast of colors in your cake.

    Get 100% well quick2!!

  18. I'm sorry to know that you & your family are not feeling well. Do take care & hope you to see again soon. Your marble cake looks really lovely! Hopefully mine will turn out as good as yours. This is the first time I'm baking a marble cake! wish me luck! :)

  19. Hi Veronica, your marble cake look good to me. The swirl look nice..

    Sorry to hear that your and your family are not well. Hope you are getting better now. Take care and speedy recovery.