Dienstag, 3. Mai 2011

TWD: Basic Marbled Loaf Cake

Marbled Cake. How odd. I thought. Am I really going to do this? Hmpf. I got to. I missed so much during pre-Easter lentening. So I thought.

Well, I should have learned by now that it is very often the most unexpected of Dorie's wonderful recipes that leave you most astonished and excited. Again, this time.

I am not so creative as many of my fellow bakers who experimented with colourful variations. Funnily, in fact I thought about using my red and blue sugar for a second, but did not follow this idea. I made the chocolate-orange version.
For the orange batter I took aranzini (Not sure if this word exists in english. I am talking about thick pieces of candied orange peel cut in stripes with a lot of sugar around. They are widely used in fruit loafs for christmas in Europe; picture source: www.gewuerzhaus-altstadt.de) and orange aroma. Next time I would also use some orange flavoured chocolate to support the taste, but it was also very, very good like that.

I just do not understand why all my cakes, no matter what mold I use, tend to form a tent. A friend suggested that I might not butter the mold enough, because obviously the batter sticks to the mold. But today I buttered the mold like mad, but still - there is a tent. If anybody has a hint, I would be grateful!

I followed the "lay stripes and zigzag 6-7 times"-method, but it didn't marble a lot, so it looks more like checkers-cake than marble cake, but who cares.

So, thanks a lot to Carol from The Bake More for chosing this surprisingly good recipe. Have a look at her page for the recipe, or go to Dorie's book to pages 230 and 231. 

7 Kommentare:

  1. Love your checkerboard pattern. Chocolate and orange is a great flavor combo. It will be my next cake.

  2. Oh my - that looks wonderful. I love chocolate and orange together.

  3. Your checkered pattern looks cute. Tell everyone you planned it that way. About your tenting problem… I don’t know if this is true (I’ve heard this somewhere but can’t remember where), but I try not buttering up the entire side of the pan. Leave a section where the batter can actually stick to the pan. If the batter sticks a little it prevents the cake from pulling up and tenting. Don’t know if it will help, but give it a try. Anyway…. Thanks for baking with me this week. --- Carol

  4. Love chocolate and orange and I love those candied orange peels

  5. Ciao Alvarosa ! I love your unwished marbling effect ! Did you see mine ? I do not know about the tent, I put a wet oven paper in the pan as you can see in the picture. Have a nice day

  6. What a fantastic and beautiful loaf cake. Just perfect! I think chocolate and orange sounds really good together.

  7. Wow this looks wonderful! Perfect marble pattern!