Recipe 55: Marbled vanilla and chocolate chip cake

February 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Posted in baking | Leave a comment
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In a game of culinary word association the name Mary Berry should lead to “traybake”. Mary Berry is the queen of traditional cake baking (and I totally loved her wisdom in the Great British Bake-Off) and on Tuesday morning I got a call asking if I could host our Bible Study group that evening, (and as I was off work) it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a traybake. Jenni bought be a Mary Berry book for my birthday –  a great source of something classic, yet interesting. The marble cake caught my eye: somehow I think marble cake is slightly magic, 2 different mixtures in one cake,  and this one was covered in two different chocolates!

Making it: a simple all in one sponge mixture that only took a couple of minutes to make in the Kenwood. The magic comes when you splodge half of the mixture into the tin leaving gaps.  Then the other half of the mixture is then made all chocolatey by adding  cocoa powder and chocolate chips. To make it into a marble cake, the chocolate mixture was dolloped into the gaps, and a bit of spatula action smushed it all around to create the marble effect – I didn’t do too much mixing to avoid the two different batters becoming one. It was then put in the oven for 40 minutes. Once it was cool I melted white and dark chocolate and splodged/drizzled it over the top – Jackson Pollack style.

Eating it: YUMMY. Everyone had seconds, and received a couple of text messages reaffirming their appreciation after they had gone home! It was a simple, yet satisfying cake – a proper cake for enjoying when you don’t need to show off but just want to be hospitable.

Next time: maybe if I am feeling more coordinated, I would put the melted chocolate into a simple piping bag so that it is more neatly drizzled (but really not at all necessary)


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