It is finally summer holiday so I can catch up with some sleep, spend some time to bake, read some books and catch up with my friends. I haven't made a pound cake for a while. I've always wanted to make a marble cake. And, I am so happy that I did because it looks so cool!
Marble Pound Cake
(makes a 22cm loaf cake)
150g butter (softened)
3 eggs (150g)
130g cake flour
20g cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- The flour and baking powder is divided for the two batters in this recipe. The first one needs 75g flour and 3/4 tsp baking powder. The second one needs 55g cake flour, 20g cocoa powder and 3/4 tsp baking powder.
- The butter needs to be softened. We don't need melting butter. In my video, I used butter straight from the fridge because it is VERY HOT. Leaving it in the room will melt the butter very fast.
- Beat the butter until creamy. It should also be lighter in colour: pale yellow colour. There is no need to beat the butter for too long.
- Add the sugar in three portions. When you nearly cannot hear the sound of the sugar when you move the beaters, it would be time to add the next portion. When all the sugar is added, the mixture will become light and fluffy.
- Whisk the eggs lightly. Add the eggs in 8 - 10 portions. Each portion is around 1 tablespoon. Adding the eggs in small portions avoids curdling. Each time you add a portion, beat for 15 seconds and scrape the sides before you add the next portion. If the mixture starts to curdle, add 2 tablespoons of flour into the mixture.
- Divide the batter into half. Add the flour into the two batters. Both batters will have a thicker texture. It looks and feels like mousse.
- To create the marble pattern, make a well in the white batter. Place the chocolate batter into the well. Wrap up the chocolate batter with the white batter. Fold three times only to create the marble pattern. Don't over mix or stir because it will destroy the marble pattern.
- Place the batter into the loaf pan. Be careful not to destroy the marble pattern. Don't mix! Drop the pan a few times. Smooth out the batter.
- Bake in a pre - heated oven at 180C for 55 - 60 minutes. When the cake has risen which takes around 25 - 30 minutes, open the oven and slice through the middle of the cake. This step allows the cake to crack nicely. To check that the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the cake. If it comes out clean, it is ready to come out of the oven.
I like making the marble pattern in this way because it is much easier than the other ways I have come across. I love making this cake for my friends. The marble pattern in the cake impresses a lot of people. The other day, I warmed up a slice of this cake and ate it with ice cream, it was simply... Y U M M Y !