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Monday, July 11, 2011

Marble Cake

First time - Zebra pattern not up to expectation. Must try again


Needs improvement but taste wise - acceptable

Top of the cake - Should have even lines
It has been a long time I have not bake a butter cake.  This time I am baking this cake as an ancestral offering to my FIL [father in-law] on 11th July [lunar calender is 11th day of 6 moon] .  It is his anniversary, he had passed on 3 years ago.  When he was alive, he loved this cake very much.

I had this recipe years ago and I like it because it uses less butter, sugar and eggs.  It should be healthier.  I applied the Zebra Cake idea and since it is the first time, I think there is still room for improvement when incorporating the 2 different mixtures to achieve a better effect.  Will try again.

Ingredients
60 gm dark chocolate
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

180 gm butter
175 castor sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs

250 gm plain flour sifted together with 2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

  1. Line a 20 - 22 cm round tin. 
  2. Melt dark chocolate together with milk over hot water, then add essence.  Cool.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add in one egg at a time, beat well after each addition. Fold in sifted flour and baking powder alternating with milk and essence mixture until well blended and smooth.
  4. Remove 1/2 portion of mixture to a separate bowl.  Add in melted chocolate.  Stir well to blend. [it can either be 1/2 or 1/3 for chocolate portion].
  5. Place a large spoonful of plain and chocolate mixture alternately [in centre of pan].
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 175 degrees Celsius on lower rack for 50-60 minutes.
  7. Cool cake in pan before serving. 
Note:
  • Can sieve icing sugar on top of cake before serving.
  • Cut through cake mixture with a knife for marble effect.
  • Cannot remember the origin of this recipe but could be from Agnes Chan or Amy Beh

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