Pause for a slice of cake - Chocolate Vanilla Marbled Pound Cake

June 30, 2011




Coffee turned cold, newspaper unfolded, school bus just on time, another chaotic morning, another long day ahead. Many more cups of coffee, many unfinished tasks. And in this run for life (literally) the destination starts becoming more important than the journey. The journey of life. I too like you was leading this life till some time back. Where mornings merged with evenings and evenings merged with nights; and the gaps between days blurred. But then, as if God wanted us to 'pause” we moved to Bahrain, to lead a different life, a different pace.

No more traffic snarls, no more late nights, no more powercuts, no more checklists and above all abundance of time for myself. A luxury, I have to admit, which is not so easy to value or enjoy. Simply because one's left in the company of a person we know the least, our own self. Only when this solitude becomes a celebration, you know you have found peace within. I too am trying to adjust to this pace of stillness and sound of calmness. And this becomes easier and more enjoyable with my new love for cooking and baking. After all, no babbling can happen without good food. So pause and ponder or just chit chat with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. 




So guys try to take some time out for just yourself, try to pull the “you' from your roles and enjoy your own company (for a change) the way you like it. And in case of us food lovers, it's got to be with some tasty goodies!! You might just ending up knowing so much more about u!! Till then enjoy this chocolate vanilla marbled pound cake.
















Marbled cakes have their own charm with lovely swirls running across the cake, almost a childlike quality. I tried it for first time and all those, who haven't do give it a try for the joy of seeing swirls in your cake and of course for the evergreen pound cake.


Chocolate Vanilla Marbled Pound Cake

Recipe Source: Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my house to yours

Ingredients:
2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

226g (2 sticks/8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup (200g) sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

112g (4oz) bittersweet chocolate, chopped 

Method:
  • Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and set aside to cool.
  • Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 165ºC/325ºF. Butter a 9x5-inch or 8-½x4-½ inch (21x11cm) loaf pan. Keep aside
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a stand/ hand mixer, on high speed until pale and fluffy, a full 5 minutes.
  • Scrape down the bowl and beater and reduce the mixer speed to medium. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 to 2 minutes after each egg goes in. Keep scarping, while doing so
  • As you're working, scrape down the bowl and beater often. Mix in the vanilla extract. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, mixing gentyly or folding it, only until it is incorporated - don't overmix.
  • After the batter is fully mixed, transfer half of it to the melted chocolate and mix it gently
  • Now comes the marbelling part. You can do in it either by putting alternate large spoonfuls of the light and dark batters in the prepared pan, to form layers. Or by putting the spoonfuls in a criss-cross pattern.
  • Then run a kitchen knife in a zigzag pattern through the batters to marble them. Smooth the top.
  • Put the cake into the oven to bake, and check on it after about 45 minutes. If it's browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent. If you're using a 9x5 pan, you'll need to bake the cake for 70 to 75 minutes; the smaller pan needs about 90 minutes.
  • Check the cake with a tester. If it comes clean, the cake is done.
  • Remove the cake from the oven, transfer the pan to a rack and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Run a blunt knife between the cake and the sides of the pan and turn the cake out, then turn it right side up on the rack and cool to room temperature.
  • Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee
Notes:
  • If you are wondering, why my cake looks so tiny, that's because I just made half of the quantity. With just 2 and a half of us in the house, it suits me to reduce the recipe to half in most of the cases. Though I have shared the regular recipe, but maybe from now on I would post the “half” version too for those times of “Baking for two”.
  • My oven is always on a trip of its own, and never believes in following any recipe time. My cake was ready in 40 minutes. I have tried to handle this by becoming more conscious of the smell. And nowadays its becoming a great help. You know your goodie is done, when the lovely smell of chocolate and vanilla fills the room. Try it?
  • Covering with foil, is a good way to stop the top from browning fast.

    Sending it as my entry to Celebrating Sweets - Cakes, hosted by Sonia and started by NiveditaRadhika's Lets cook-Break Time Snacks event and to Only Baked event, started by Pari.

20 comments:

{ Smita Srivastava } at: June 30, 2011 at 7:50 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

The cake looks yummy ...ah my sweet tooth is clamoring !!!

{ Hari Chandana } at: June 30, 2011 at 9:29 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Wowww.. looks so tempting and perfect.. mouth watering pictures.. thanks for sharing dear !!
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{ Priya } at: June 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg, feel like grabbing a slice and having rite now,incredible texture and fabulous..

{ Priya Sreeram } at: June 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely- sooo good !

{ SravsCulinaryConcepts } at: June 30, 2011 at 4:21 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

wow very tempting cake !! lovely texture and perfectly done !!

{ Plateful } at: June 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

You know, I used to miss all the me times when I was working. Now with plenty of me times, I miss my working hours. How ironic! I love pound cakes and this looks awesome.

Hey, I hope you saw my response. I was not able to access any blogger sites or log-in to my B account for some reason. Anyways, feel free to write to me: nashirausef@gmail.com

{ Ramya } at: June 30, 2011 at 5:26 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

Even i really njoy my "own" company!! Kind of rediscovering myself:-)
The cake looks yummy..

{ Taste Junction } at: June 30, 2011 at 5:33 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

@Plateful It's perfectly normal & natural to miss the wrk, the busy life, but we should use this too as an opportunity to know ourself better. As you are though your lovely photography & cooking!

{ Hamaree Rasoi } at: June 30, 2011 at 6:05 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

What a sumptuous looking chocolate vanilla cake. Looks awesome!

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

{ Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal } at: June 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to try a slice of it :)

{ Sobha Shyam } at: June 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

the cake looks awesome, soft n yummy...

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{ Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets } at: July 1, 2011 at 2:38 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmm this looks like the perfect afternoon snack with tea! Also thanks for commenting on my blog. To answer your question, yes I'm still using (and loving) my 50mm/1.8 lens =).

{ Laxmi } at: July 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and spongy cake with Lovely clicks..

{ kankana } at: July 1, 2011 at 10:35 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

I was lost in your words and could relate to it so much :) Not only are your clicks so gorgeous with so much light but also your writing. Keep rocking girl !

{ Taste Junction } at: July 2, 2011 at 7:25 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

@kankana Thanks gal, you made my day!!

{ sliceofmylyfe } at: July 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

That was a really good post. You spelled out our life here in Bahrain in no more apt words. The marbled pound cake was really awesome. I was lucky to have sample some. The shots have come out perfection.

{ Torviewtoronto } at: July 3, 2011 at 6:10 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious looking marbled cake looks wonderful

{ Sweet Artichoke } at: July 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

What a mouthwatering cake and beautiful clicks!
Love marbled cakes!

{ Two fit and fun gals } at: July 14, 2011 at 5:48 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

what a great looking cake thanks for sharing the recipe :D

{ ANU } at: August 4, 2011 at 6:55 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful marbled cake

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