Saturday, August 23, 2014

Zach's Chocolate Marble Cake

Hello dear readers!  Yep it is that time again - Cake Slice Bakers!  
It should have been the 20th that I posted but well I am just behind.

This month our choices were Zach's Chocolate Marble Cake, Hungarian Poppy Seed Kugelhopf, Golden Peach Cake and the Very Berry Roulade.  I chose to make the marble cake due to the tastes in our house.

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Let's get marbling!

I chose to make my cake in a simple pan rather than a textured bundt pan.  I sprayed the pan and laid in a piece of parchment in the bottom - flipped so that it is greased on both sides.

This recipe had you make up the chocolate mixture - melted chocolate, shortening, honey, baking soda, and espresso - and set it aside.  The mixture set up.... a bit more than I would have liked because when mixed with the batter it was very grainy and there were bits left unincorporated.

The cake batter went together well and the vanilla batter had a very nice texture.

You layer in your two cake batters.

Once you have layered in your batters, take a knife and kind of smoosh around to create your marbling.  Once done with that into the oven it goes for about an hour.

The cake comes out a lovely golden brown and smells delightful.

Now to just let it cool and decide if I am going to top it with the glaze or not.

My boys decided to forgo the glaze and eat it straight up.  Personally I think they were just getting antsy ha!

My cake didn't have as much "marbling" as I think we expected but really liked the bands of light and dark cake.

This cake has a very nice texture and came together quickly.  I felt that the chocolate flavor wasn't very present - in fact I could taste the honey more than the chocolate.  And I think that the glaze would have given the cake just the right boost to make it a very tasty cake.

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  1. I agree Holly, I couldn't really taste the chocolate inside cake either the glaze definitely helps. This looks lovely and light.

  2. Hi Holly,
    From the picture you got more of Zebra lines than marbling - but hey I am not complaining!

  3. Your cake is perfection - including the marbling! P.s. Your photos are great,too!

  4. I increased the chocolate in the recipe, and it made a difference! I'm glad your family gobbled it up...I hate when I have wasted cake!

  5. I'll take mine warm with ice cream, please!

  6. Hi Holly, I agree - it was more a buttery cake than a chocolate cake. Nonetheless, it was still yummy!


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