Chocolate Marble Cake
Chocolate Marble Cake is the perfectly moist eggless cake. It is perfect for tea time snacking or even as light dessert. It is good as a travel cake also. It’s a staple in my home and kids are always taking unlimited helpings.
I had mentioned on my Eggless Banana Quickbread post, how it got me my first commercial order – 3 Kg Cake. I was very skeptical of doing such an order as I don’t have that kind of infrastructure and till now have always baked goodies for family and friends only.
This order was placed by a dear friend who wished to carry the cake to her office on the occasion of her birthday. When I told her I can’t take this order, she argued that she would be anyways carrying sweets/ cakes from the market and spending good Rs. 2000/- on it, so she might as well spend that money on home-made goodies.
After this, I really didn’t have much to say.
So with shaking fingers and thumping heart I executed my first order. She wanted slices done for easy distribution in her office. I don’t have a large oven, I use 26 ltr Microwave/ Convection oven and can bake only 1 loaf pan at a time.
Also I wasn’t sure that doubling the recipe and baking in a 9 inch spring-form would be able to give me roughly 80 slices (the number she wanted).
So I stuck to baking the cake 4 times in one loaf pan. It was hard work due to this but it was worth all the effort.
My friend emailed from office saying that the cake has over-shadowed her birthday and people are only talking about this.
One thing led to another, upon eating this cake her friends from office place another 1.5 kg order with me. And now they want baking class. Phew! I have agreed, still to work out a schedule which suits all.
I chose a simple recipe from Deeba as it had been in my Bookmarks for a very long time. I am so glad I did, it is perfect and as Deeba says, it is best to wait for 1/2 – 1 hour before de-moulding and best to slice the cake next day, it really does slice beautifully. I changed it minimally and had to bake it for 45 minutes when baked in a loaf pan.
Chocolate Marble Cake
|1½||cup of all purpose flour|
|1||cup of yogurt/ curd (home made)|
|¾||cup of granulated sugar|
|1¼||teaspoon of baking powder|
|½||teaspoon of baking soda|
|½||cup of oil|
|1||teaspoon of vanilla extract|
|1||heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder|
|1.||Preheat oven to 200 C for 10 minutes. Grease a loaf pan.|
|2.||Beat the sugar and yogurt for 5 minutes on high speed. Add baking powder and baking soda, beat in on low, and allow to stand for 3 minutes. You will find that bubbles appear. Beat in the oil and vanilla essence. Next, slowly add the flour in 4 lots, blending in well after each addition.|
|3.||Take out about ⅓ cup of batter in a separate bowl and add cocoa powder. Set aside. Pour the vanilla cake mixture into the pan. Now randomly pour chocolate mixture on top of vanilla mixture.|
|4.||Bake at 200 C for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 170 °C and bake for 50-55 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake for 30 minutes and then overturn onto a plate. Wait for at least 2 hours before slicing it, else it doesn't slice neatly.|
You can create any pattern you want and pour batter in any fashion. You can even pour the chocolate batter in between or any other way you like.
Like a quickbread it is best to slice the cake next day.
If you want to add dried fruits and nuts in the batter than slightly roast them and coat in flour before adding.