Dienstag, 13. April 2010

Mummy´s Marble Cake


One of my favorite everyday cake - is my mums marble cake  (icelandic: Marmarakaka). Unlike many marble cakes I´ve tried this one isn´t dry at all - but soft and delicious with coffee or tea and great to take with you on a picnick now in spring :)

Ingredients:

150 – 200 g (5-7 oz) softened butter/margarine
2 ½ dl (1 cup) sugar
3 eggs
1 dl (1/2 cup) milk or cream 
4 dl (1 3/4 cups) flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla sugar
1-2 tbsp cocoa (I prefer the dutch cocoa)

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F)

Beat sugar and butter till its light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. In an extra bowl mix the dry ingredients (without the cocoa) together and stift. To the egg-sugar mixture now add the dry ingredients and the milk alternatelly. Now take a third of the dough (1/3) and place in a seperate bowl - to that third you add the 2 teaspoons of stiftet cocoa powder and mix well.
In a prepared ring cakepan place the half of your yellow dough (1/3 of whole recepie) then the dark dough on top of it (cocoa dough) finishing with the rest of the yellow dough - so you get three layers (yellow - brown - yellow).
To make a pretty pattern use a fork (or a knitting needle) and go all to the bottom of your pan then up again all the way around in zig-zag-movements. Place into the preheated oven and bake untill toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake in a pan for few minutes before you turn it out of the pan on the cooling rack to cool completely. 
If you like you can dust the cake with powdered sugar but it´s not necessery. If you can´t finish in one day ;-) It´s good to wrap it up in plastic wrap to keep it soft longer and keep in a cool place. 

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