Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ann's Bakery Style Marble Cake

As a kid,I used to eagerly wait for Christmas.No we did not celebrate Christmas at home,nor did we receive any gifts from Santa.But still Xmas was special.Our home used to be filled with Plum Cakes,all of them received as gifts from my father's clients mainly.Since my family did not eat eggs most of them would be given away to friends,family,neighbours and our helps at home.One or two cakes would be kept at home for us kids.
That deep rich cake,laden with dry fruits and nuts,covered with a thick sugary icing and decorated with roses,flowers and leaves were what our dreams were made of!We could never have enough of it.Having tasted quite a few fruit cakes,I still believe that what we tasted during those days is unmatchable in taste and texture.

Though I wanted to make a Fruit cake this year,I chose not to as I have a li'l cake monster at home who wants to lick the bowl and spatula and waits like a hawk till it bakes so that he can have a piece :)Fruit Cake can wait :)
I chose this recipe as I am a big fan of Ann's Bakery cakes.The Rumberry Cake is among my most favorite,followed by this delicious Marble Cake.The recipe appeared on their Facebook page and I quickly jotted it down to try soon.What better occasion than Christmas right?I wish you all a Merry Christmas,hope you bake and serve and eat lot of Cakes and spread joy this season :)

Ann's Bakery Style Marble Cake


Recipe (as published on their Facebook Page)

Ingredients

Butter - 225 gms
Castor Sugar - 225 gms
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Eggs - 4
Flour - 225 gms
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Ground Nuts(Almonds/Cashew/Walnuts) - 50 gms,I used Almonds
Milk - 50 ml
Melted Chocolate - 50 gms

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.Grease and flour a 6 cup Bundt pan.*
Beat together butter,sugar and salt till creamy (about 4 minutes).
Mix in vanilla and beat again.
Add in eggs one at a time,beating for a minute after each addition.
Sift together flour,baking powder and ground almonds.
Add the flour mix and milk alternately and beat till you get a smooth and fluffy batter.
Divide the batter into two and fold in the melted chocolate into one portion.
Spoon the batters alternately into the prepared tin and using a bamboo skewer or a knife,marble lightly.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool completely on a wire rack.

Step by Step pictorial

Preheat oven to 180C.Grease and flour a 6 cup Bundt pan.*
Beat together butter,sugar and salt till creamy (about 4 minutes).
Mix in vanilla and beat again.
Add in eggs one at a time,beating for a minute after each addition.
Sift together flour,baking powder and ground almonds.

Add the flour mix and 
milk alternately and beat 
till you get a smooth and fluffy batter.
Divide the batter into two and 
fold in the melted chocolate into one portion.

Spoon the batters alternately into the prepared tin and 
using a bamboo skewer or a knife,marble lightly.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool completely on a wire rack.

Notes

  • You can use any normal tin to bake,not a bundt pan necessarily.I had enough batter to fill a 6 cup bundt tin and a 300gm loaf tin.
  • Please ensure all ingredients are at room temperature.
  • You can use your method of choice for marbling.The original recipe suggests to pour one batter completely topped with another and then marbled.I however always go with my method as that gives a nice marble effect every time.

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