Saturday, March 29, 2014

Recipe: Marble Butter Cake

Other than butter cake, my mum's next favorite cake is marble butter cake. Baby D was off school this week, so we decided to make a marble cake for Grandma :)

A marble cake is a cake with a streaked or mottled appearance (like marble) achieved by very lightly blending light and dark batter. I chose to use my trusted butter cake recipe for the lighter-colored element, and for the darker batter, I have added in 2 tablespoons of Valrhona cocoa powder. Using 2 spoons, the cake batter are alternately placed into the baking tin, and to achieve the marble effect, a skewer is gently run through to create "swirls".

A lot of marble cakes that we get from bakeries are not rich enough for my mum's taste. This marble butter cake on the other hand definitely delivered -  it was rich and moist, and we simply love having two different flavours in one cake. Baby D was very happy to present this cake to his Grandma, which she loved a lot.

Marble butter cake
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from here
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 65-70 minutes
Serves 8-10

250g good quality unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
180g caster sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
200g self raising flour, sifted
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp milk, at room temperature
2tbsp good quality cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 170°C (no fan).

2. Grease and line the base of a 20cm cake tin.

3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Then, add the eggs one at a time, and beat well, repeat until all eggs are used. Mixture should be light and fluffy. Add the vanilla essence, and mix.

4. Fold in sifted flour in 3 batches, until well combined. Add the milk and mix well. Your batter will be of a dropping consistency at this point.

5. Spoon out 1/3 of the batter into a separate bowl. Stir the cocoa powder into this, mixing well. Using 2 spoons, dollop the chocolate and butter cake mixes into the tin alternately until all the mixture has been used up. Tap the tin to remove any air bubbles.

6. Using a skewer, gently swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.

7. Bake for 65-70 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

8. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Note: Your child can help turn the machine on/off, pour in the eggs, fold in the flour, spoon the batter into the baking tin and swirling the batter with a skewer.

I am submitting this post to Bake along event #59 with theme "Marbled Butter Cake" organized by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen Wings.

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  1. This butter looks very buttery, soft and moist. All time favourite of my late FIL. Seeing marble cake does bring back memories of him.

  2. this looks like really ideal marble butter cake, rich in traditional goodness! :D

  3. Lovely, i like the design of the small serving plate in your photos

  4. Thank you :) I cant wait to try more recipes from you!!

  5. Hi Yen,
    Your marble cake looks very moist and yummy! Looks like marble cakes have lots of fans! Haha! I love eating marble cakes too, simple yet irresistible!
    Thanks for baking along with us!

  6. This is one of my fav cake...
    Very nice...

  7. Another big favourite of Cumi's!! I like it to... that and butter cake.. yum yum..

  8. What a fun project for Baby D! I bet grandma loved it not only because it was delicious but made by Baby D!

  9. Grandma must have felt so blessed. Lovely swirls and fine texture!

  10. Yes, used to be a star attraction - taken a back seat now. Too many nice cakes have stolen the limelight.

  11. Yen, my dad would love this marbled butter cake. I think I will bake this for him when he next visits me :)

  12. I think everyone love buttercakes more but since it's so full of butter, we try to avoid eating too much of it lol! Yours looks really fine even with the straight mix method Much simpler I must say.

  13. Hi Yen,

    You are so thoughtful baking this lovely marble cake for your mum. She must be very touched receiving this from baby D. Wish that I can bake for my mum... *sign*


  14. Yen, Yeah!! You baked a marble butter cake too:) Yours looks buttery and moist. Love the lovely marble pattern too:)

  15. hello yen, it's kind of excited reading everyone's post on their butter cake, all look and sound so good, i really need to try some of these recipes..thanks for your participation ! Cheers!

  16. Be butter cake or marble butter cake, anytime! always the buttery flavor.


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