Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake- for our anniversary!
Happy Marriage Anniversary to us!! This long post is coming much late after my anniversary ( was worried that it may be just in time for our next anniversary)! Blogging of late is on and off , thanks to the innumerable professional commitments. Like they say the grass always looks greener on the other side , I always thought I would be blogging at double the speed once the kids’ schools reopens. But, the breathing space I had so much yearned for after the summer vacation, is still a distant reality.
The silver lining however is that it’s monsoon- a much awaited break from the sweltering heat and humidity. A special season for me, as it was in this same season 11 years back, when I met a handsome, arrogant senior in my first few days of joining postgraduation. The ‘supposedly snob senior’ gradually opened up his gentle-caring side to me. Three years later, exactly it was during the onset of monsoon that I got married to him, much to the surprise (read shock) of all our friends. Eight years on , two kids later, when I look back, life definitely has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. We had our share bitter sweet moments. Our relationship refined only to make it better. My intial feeling at first sight of ‘how-can-a-girl-tolerate-him’ changed to ‘what-would-I-do-without-him?’ For an outsider I may be a calmer person, but I know, for me, he could alone take on thousand storms, without batting an eyelid. Today, with my heart filled with gratitude, I thank all the people and circumstances who made this marriage possible.
This special day of the year, is celebrated in our own special ways, but adding this new element of home made cake made it worth all the extra effort. I made this chocolate- vanilla marble cake, with white chocolate ganache frosting. The technique for the marble cake is pretty simple, a no brainer literally can be whipped by a five year old! For the recipe I fell back on my no-fail vanilla- chocolate cake recipe, which I had used in this zebra cake.The method of batter preperation is exactly the same for both zebra and marble cakes, the marble cake being much much less technique sensitive.
For the recipe of the batter please check here. You can use any two flavour or colour combnations. The more they are contrasting, the better looking is the final outcome!
Procedure for the Marble effect:
1. In the first layer, pour the two flavours of batters ( chocolate and vanilla in this case) randomly alternating in different places covering whole of the base of baking tin.
2. Repeat the same in the second layer, alternating the flavours. Tap gently to remove any air bubbles.
3. Take a long skewer/ tooth pick, gently make swirled pattern covering all of the surface of the cake. Your kiddo can also help you in this.
4. Bake the cake at 180 degrees in a preheated oven, for 45-50 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted at the centre of the oven comes out clean.
For the easy icing option, take equal amounts of melted chocolate ( melted on a double boiler with stirring until it forms a uniform liquid or in a microwave with 30second intermittent stirring ) and heavy cream. Slightly warm the cream in the microwave, mix it with the melted chocolate. Meanwhile dampen the chilled cake with sugar solution ( 3-4 tablespoons sugar in half cup water, use this liquid according to the cake size, not overdoing or making the cake soggy). Pour the slightly cooled yet flowy ganache over the cake, covering and adjusting with a straight spatula. Decorate with coloured sprinkles!!