Saturday, January 8, 2011

Marble Pound Cake

To my delight, my Dad has recently become really interested in the TV show Cake Boss.  This is seriously fun for me, because usually my Dad is only interested in action movies or war commentaries (Dad is in the Defence Force).  But Cake Boss seems to entertain him.  He laughs at the bakers' fights and is in awe at their crazy creations.  Yesterday he kept repeating "fondant," "modelling chocolate" and "marble pound cake." Funnily enough, he had no idea what these words meant!  Eventually he came to me for clarification.  After I explained what a marble cake was, he decided he wanted to taste it himself.  So, here it is! Dad's Marble Pound Cake.  Mum and Dad devoured half of it in less than half and hour.  Now I'm just waiting for him to ask me what fondant tastes like! Then we can go on a hunt to buy some!  (None of us have tasted it because it is so hard to find/buy where I live). 

Ingredients
225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract, plus 1/2 tsp extra
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
50mL full fat milk
50g cocoa powder

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced).  Prepare a round 20cm cake tin.  Cream the butter until soft; add in the 1/2 tsp vanilla extract extra and mix. Add sugar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.  Whisk the eggs and the vanilla extract together in a small bowl.  Gradually add the eggs to the butter mixture, beating all the time.  Sift the flour and baking powder over the top of this buttery mixture; fold gently through.  Add milk and mix gently again until batter is smooth and combined.  Tip half of cake batter into a separate bowl, and in this separate bowl sift the cocoa powder in.  Stir to combine until smooth.  Now in the prepared tin, alternatively blop the vanilla and chocolate mixture.  Smooth the top of the cake out slightly.  Be wary not to over mix otherwise cake will not have a clear marble look.  Bake in oven for 45 - 50 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.  Turn cake out on to wire rack after 5 minutes of cooling in tin.  Top with desired icing, such as Buttercream (as pictured).

27 comments:

  1. What you said about your dad was funny. My husband has recently fallen inl love with cake boss too. He sat down and watched all the episodes of cake boss from last season with me and was laughing away....lol

    I have made vanilla pound cake before....never tried marble pound cake. I shall give this a shot soon :)

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  2. toute la journée j'ai voulu venir t'écrire un petit mot, mais malheureusement le temps m'a manqué. Me voici donc quelques minutes avant d'aller au lit parce qu'il fallait absolument que je te dise que ton gâteau est vraiment magnifique! Caroline B. xxx

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  3. Hehe that is so cute! I'd be floored if my father ever uttered words like fondant, modelling chocolate and marble pound cake :P

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  4. Wonderful cake. Watching Cake Boss is one of my guilty pleasures too ;0)

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  5. il est bien réussi et joliment présenté tes parents doivent te féliciter
    bonne journée

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  6. Beautiful! The icing looks so perfect! I'm sure your dad loved it ;)

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  7. So beautiful! It looks professional!

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  8. We love watching Cake Boss too! Your dad is really lucky! He has you to bake him a cake! Now he knows what a marble cake is and really enjoy eating it! I would too, it looks marvelous! Yes, will he ask for the fondant? Hmmm... let us know! ^..^

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  9. That's so sweet that your dad likes Cake Boss. :)
    And what a delicious way to introduce him to a marble cake!

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  10. I have not made a marble cake for years, thanks for the reminder. Great that your father is interested, it makes so much difference. Diane

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  11. baking a marble cake is also fun..i like the part where we do the swirling pattern..hope he will ask you abt fondant..then you will have a very good reason to make fondant cake for him.

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  12. Ton gâteau est super. Il a l'air délicieux en plus. Bonne journée!

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  13. Your cake looks fantastic - your Dad is very lucky!!

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  14. It's gorgeous!!! So fondant!

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  15. Sounds like this was a great success. Will your dad be cooking the next cake?

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  16. How fun that your dad has taken an interest in a show about cake! This cake looks superb, and I am deeply interested in a slice - alas, it is all gone. Love your new profile shot, Btw.

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  17. Such a yummy looking cake! This post made me laugh, Its so cool being able to share something like that with your dad.

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  18. Beautiful swirl and moist! Good to hear you dad enjoys watching cookery show, hope he will be interested in baking soon......

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  19. There must be something about Cake Boss - Mr CC will happily watch it and laugh all the way through!
    Your cake looks fab

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  20. What a wonderful cake you made for him. It looks moist and delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. Un gâteau des plus réussis. Toutes mes félicitations.
    J'en aurai pris une tranche avec plaisir.
    Bonne semaine et à très bientôt.

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  22. Buddy on the Cake Boss is certainly a bigger than life personality. Hubby and I really get quite a few laughs seeing how his whole family and employees deal with such a crazy and incredibly dedicated business. Good entertainment ;o)

    Your Father must be thrilled at how good a baker you are Brittany!

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  23. You are such a good daughter to make this for your dad. Funny that he likes cake boss..lol I like it too.

    Your marble pound cake looks so delicious. This is my husband's favorite, but I have never tried to make it myself. I will definitely have to make yours:)

    You are not missing much with the fondant. It does look pretty on cakes, but I think it tastes yucky..lol I know there are some recipes to make it homemade that are actually tastier.

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  24. I think fondant is only good when you make it yourself...the store bought is ok, and the look is great, but for a good tasting cake, frosting is the way to go!

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  25. this is so great, I'm looking for a perfect cake to make for my boyfriend's birthday...which is in two weeks time.

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