The transformation of this blog is almost finished! Have you checked out the 'About', 'Press' and 'Contact' buttons above?! Feeling nostalgic about baking and this blog, I whipped up a cake that is simplicity at its best, yet anything but ordinary. One of my old-fashioned favorites:; a pound cake. You see many pound cakes here in Holland with 50/50 chocolate and vanilla, so that's what I made. I simply filled the cake tin with vanilla cake batter and poured the chocolate on top. Out the oven came a wonderful, almost-marble effect cake. The taste is sublime! I added a little light brown sugar to the recipe, which gives it just that little extra flavor. J'adore ♥. Rating: 5 out of 5.
Marble Pound Cake: Martha Stewart - Baking Handbook
- 1 ¾ cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- ¼ + 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan; set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing to incorporate after each one. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Set aside one-third of the batter in another bowl.
- In a small bowl, using a rubber spatula, combine cocoa powder and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water. Mix until smooth. Add cocoa mixture to reserved one-third of batter. Stir until well combined.
- Fill the prepared pan by alternating large spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate batters, simulating a checkerboard pattern. Run a wooden skewer or paring knife through batter in a circular motion.
- Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool; invert after 5 minutes. Cool for about 30 minutes.