Monday, April 4, 2011

Joys of Baking Cakes

Recipe: Marble Cake

I love baking cakes. Have I mentioned that before? I love baking cakes for the below mentioned reasons
Reason 1) I love eating cake-batter
Reason 2) I love eating cake-batter
Reason 3) I love eating cake-batter

Recently, there is another reason why I like baking cakes so much - I get to do it along with my favourite helper - my little boy :)

My son loves operating the cake mixer! Though he prefers doing it all by himself, the over-protective mother in me is always right beside him when he does it. And also he isn't allowed to switch on and off the power or bring his fingers near the mixer hooks. I tell him that he's got to be 18 (!) to do that... After a little pointless negotiating about the age, he listens to me and is happy to be holding the cake mixer and beating the batter :)

The only problem I face when I bake cakes with my son is that it gets difficult to stop him from eating the cake batter (salmonella poisoning from raw eggs?!). The person who said "Nothing is Impossible" got to be kidding. Just try stopping a 4-year old from eating cake batter when you are gorging on it yourself :P That, my friends, is the perfect definition of the word "Impossible".




Last week, my son and I made this simple cake. In fact, it's been one of my favourite cakes of all time for the timeless combination of the 2 most comforting flavours in the whole world - vanilla and chocolate!

MARBLE CAKE




Ingredients:
All-purpose flour - 2 cups
Cocoa powder - 3 Tbsp
Curd - 1 cup
Vanilla - 2 tsp
Butter - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 and 1/4 cups
Eggs - 2
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1 pinch

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius.

Set aside 3 Tbsp of flour in a separate bowl. Sift together the remaning all-purpose flour and baking powder.

Separate the eggs. Powder the sugar.


Cream the butter, sugar and salt till well combined and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and the vanilla and mix well. 


Mix the baking soda with the curd and let it bubble. Once bubbles start appearing, pour this into the butter-sugar-egg yolk-vanilla mixture.


Mix the 2 cups minus 3 Tbsp of flour-baking powder mixture with the butter-sugar-egg yolk-vanilla-curd-baking soda mixture. Mix well.

Divide the batter equally and put it into 2 separate bowls. In one of the bowls, beat in 3 Tbsp cocoa. In the other bowl, beat in 3 Tbsp of flour.

Beat the egg whites till stiff. Divide the stiff egg-whites equally. And gently fold in each half of egg-whites with cake batter in each of the 2 bowls.

If you are making cupcakes like me, Place cupcake liners in the cupcake moulds. Put a spoon or 2 of vanilla cake in the cupcake liner. And then a spoon or 2 of chocolate batter. Use a metal skewer or the back of a spoon to make swirls and lightly mix both the batter.

Pop it into the oven to bake for about 15-20 minutes. Or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

If you are planning to make a full cake, line the cake tin with butter paper or buttered aluminium foil. Alternate spoonfuls of vanilla batter and chocolate batter. Pour the cake batter into the cake tin till it is of height 2 inches approx. Then make swirls with the back of a spoon for a marbled effect. Bake for 35-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.




This is a soft and melt-in-your-mouth kind of cake. Easy and fun to whip up and super yummy as well.

I'm sending this to the week long celebrations going on at Magpie's for the grand win by the Indian Cricket Team at the World Cup.

I'm also sending this over to Vidhya's event "Cooking with your little sous-chef"


22 comments:

  1. It's so nice to hear that jay kuttan is interested in helping you. Vidhya of Sugar N Spice is organizing an event called "Cooking with your Little Sous-chef " . You can send this to her event. I am mentioning the link below.

    http://vidhyas-goodeats.blogspot.com/2011/04/cooking-with-your-little-sous-chef.html

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  2. spoonfulofdelightApril 4, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Thanks for letting me know :) Will definitely send this to Vidhya's event :)

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  3. Thank you dear for sending this cute little cakes to my event.I have never tried making marble cake in this form.Gotta try this soon.

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  4. spoonfulofdelightApril 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    do try them I'm sure you will love them :)

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  5. You two sound like cake-batter eating machines! I haven't had cake batter in so long . . . I guess I should make a cake!

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  6. spoonfulofdelightApril 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    lol yeah true.. I think I'm addicted to cake batter. Should at least save my son ...

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  7. Sarah- try my no egg, no butter banana bread and eat away! No fear of salmonella! also cookie dough is another addiction esp since most don't have eggs!
    Thanks for joining my sweet celebration! Love the cute marble cupcakes!

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  8. spoonfulofdelightApril 5, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    sure Magpie! That's on my to-do list. Waiting for my son to get back from his grandparent's house to bake it with him :) Since they have mashed banana, do they keep?

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  9. wowww.. this looks too soft and delicious.. wonderful snap :)

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  10. woww.. looks so soft and delicious.. snap is too tempting.. :)

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  11. spoonfulofdelightApril 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Thanks Lena :)

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  12. Soft n delicious....

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  13. spoonfulofdelightApril 6, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    yes it was :) Thanks Tina

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  14. Kids helping you in the kitchen is one of the joys of baking, not to mention the fabulous smell of baking cupcakes, ah! Your marble cuties look perfectly done and more-ish!

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  15. spoonfulofdelightApril 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    so true Nash! It's difficult to include kids in the main part of normal Indian cooking as it involves a lot of heat and spluttering and stirring over a flame..

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  16. It's an inspiration to see this blog....

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  17. spoonfulofdelightApril 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Thanks Jenny! So sweet of you..

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  18. Ha Ha. Love eating cake batter. I always have to chide my elder one as half of the batter gets over before it sees the baking ware. Love your version of marble cake. my kids are going to love it when i bake them this. thanks for sharing the recipe. First time to ur space. Glad to follow u. Do stop by mine when you find time.
    Radhika.
    http://ticklingpalates.blogspot.com/2011/04/celebrating-blog-birthday-by-having-fun.html

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  19. @Radhika: Yeah.. I don't know why we bother baking cakes, when its so yummy to just drink the batter :)

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  20. wow ! these look good :) bookmarked ! Do you have any suggestions to make an eggless version??
    btw, first time here. happy to follow you.. Do visit my space and ongoing event when you do find time ! Cheers :-)
    Kalyani

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  21. amazing cakes!!!! lovely blog!
    http://ak-letseat.blogspot.com/

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  22. It's my first time here,and I'm so glad to know there is someone like me who loves eating cake batter.. :) It's a childhood habit which troubled my mum a lot.

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