Sunday 18 November 2012

Chocolate marble cake

This cake, as you can see the picture, has layers of chocolate and vanilla cake.
Cake in the picture has more of chocolate, you can make the layers more prominent by reducing the amount of chocolate. More on this below...

1 cup all purpose flour(maida)
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 eggs
1/4th cup dark chocolate melted
2 tbsp condensed milk
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp vanilla extract or 5 drops of vanilla essence
pinch of salt

[Vanilla extract - Made out of vanilla fruit.Pure form of vanilla. Vanilla essence - Chemical equivalent of extract.. Its hard to find extract even in cities like Mumbai. You can find it in Godrej Nature's Basket outlets. Essence is easy to find and pretty good replacement for extract. If you are lucky to get extract, add 1 tbsp extract instead of essence in this recipe ]

Take a clean dry bowl and add the flour, baking powder and baking soda along with just a pinch of salt to it (by sieving). Use a wooden spatula to mix all the ingredients well.

[About the bowl and spatula..  I have a separate bowl and spatula that I use for baking and nothing else, it keeps them free from any form of smell and always ready to use when you think of baking. Its very important that your baking utensils are absolutely smell free (of other foods) and dry. No matter how much Indian dish washer detergents claim to remove food smell, I somehow never feel 100% sure of it...]

In a separate bowl whisk eggs, mix butter, sugar, vanilla extract,orange juice and 1 tbsp milkmaid and whisk well. Do whisk until the mixture looks well blended and shiny.

[Some people whisk manually by using a spatula, but I prefer using an egg beater as it whisks to perfection. ]

Add the liquid mixture to the bowl with flour and gently mix with spatula. Now, whisk the whole mixture again.Do not whisk it for more than 5 mins as it will produce heat and your baking agents will become active even before you microwave your mixture. This will lead to half baked or lump cake.

Now comes the most interesting part ;)
Take another clean dry bowl, add dark chocolate sauce and 1 tbsp milkmaid and mix well! Try to resist the temptation to savour the mixture even before the cake is ready. :-D
Transfer half the cake mixture to this bowl and mix well.

Ok, now you are ready to microwave it. Take your baking tin and greese it just enough, not pouring. Now take a spoon full of maida and sprinkle it on the greased tin and move your tin in all directions to spread maida evenly.  

Start by first pouring half of the plain cake mixture, now pour all of the chocolate cake mixture. Pour rest of the plain cake mixture on top.

Preheat microwave at 180 degrees. Once it is done, put the baking tin in microwave (convection mode)  and bake at 180 degrees for 30 mins.

After 30 mins, poke the cake in the center with a knife till the bottom. If the knife comes out clean when you pull it out, your cake is done, otherwise reset at 180 degrees for another 5 mins. Leave it to cool in the microwave itself before you cut it.

[Do NOT keep the cake directly under the fan for cooling, it will make the cake moist. Transfer the cake on to a wire rack and let it cool on its own. By cool, I mean bringing it to room temparature.]

Happy baking! Try and let me know how it came :)

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