Marble Loaf Cake

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There is something wonderful about a marble cake – though I prefer chocolate over vanilla cakes, there is a delightfulness over a the swirls of a marble cake.

I made this recently to have something for evening tea, and it is easy and delicious. The recipe contains yogurt, which is a great way to create a rich, moist cake. I adapted the recipe from JoyOfBaking.com, a great baking web site. I added a bit of cocoa powder to make the chocolate part more bitter, and turned down the sugar a little bit, I found the original recipe very sweet. I

Ingredients (original recipe) :

  • 4 oz dark chocolate (115 g)
  • 1/2 cup milk, divided (120 ml)
  • 1/2 cup butter  at room temperature (113 g)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (195 g)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 plan yogurt (60 ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Method:

1. Grease a loaf tin and line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 F/ 160 C.

2. Chop and melt the chocolate in half the milk. You can use the microwave carefully to do this, or a double boiler. Mix well.

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3. Mix the sugar and the butter with a electric mixer until fluffy.

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4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.

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5. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Add to the egg, butter and sugar mixture.

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6. Mix the remaining milk, the yogurt and vanilla extract and add to the batter.

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7. Transfer half the batter to a separate bowl.

8. Mix one half of the batter with the chocolate and milk mixture, and the cocoa powder.

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9. Put spoonfuls of batter in the bottom of your tin, alternation between chocolate and vanilla.

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10. Repeat with a second layer putting chocolate on top of vanilla.

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11. Swirl a fork or wooden skewer through the cake. Don’t mix it, but swirl quite a bit to create a marble pattern.

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12. Bake the cake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is firm.

13. Cool on a wire rack for 5 min in the tin, then turn the loaf out of the tin to cool completely.

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I  made two loafs by doubling everything, it is still very easy. I ended up with a bit more chocolate batter than vanilla batter, but I am not complaining. Unfortunately we ended up eating the prettiest marble pieces before I got a nice picture, though!

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