30 April 2012

Flourless Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake

Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake

This dense, luscious cake has a texture a little like fudge and a little like cheesecake. It's more of a confection than a cake, in my opinion. A small slice goes a long way.

Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake

The cream cheese give that extra oomph to the chocolate batter. A perfect cake for any special occasion.

It also freezes incredibly well, so make ahead of time serve your family or guest later.

Recipe: Flourless Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake
Makes: 9inch round cake pan (cut 16 slices) (i use 2 loaf tin)

Ingredients for Vanilla Batter:
• 250g cream cheese, softened to room temperature
• 134g granulated sugar (i use 105g)
• 1 large egg
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Ingredients for Chocolate Batter:
• 285g bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (i use 150g 70% + 135g 55%)
• 142g unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
• 3 large eggs
• 67g granulated sugar (i use 45g)
• 1 tbs dark rum or espresso
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Pinch table salt

Ingredients for dusting (optional):
• Cocoa powder

1. Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 150C. Lightly grease the cake pan and line the bottom with parchment.

2. Make the vanilla batter: In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and continue beating until well blended and no lumps remain. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until blended. Set aside.

3. Make the chocolate batter: In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate and butter in a large metal bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. Whisk until smooth and set aside to cool slightly. With a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the eggs, sugar, rum or espresso, vanilla, and salt on medium high until the mixture is pale and thick, 3 to 4 min. With the mixer on low, gradually pour in the chocolate mixture and continue beating until well blended.

4. Combine and bake: Spread about half of the chocolate batter in the bottom of the pan. Alternately add large scoopfuls of each of the remaining batters to the cake pan. Using a knife or the tip of a rubber spatula, gently swirl the two batters together so they're mixed but not completely blended. Rap the pan against the countertop several times to settle the batters.

5. Bake for 40 to 42 min (Bake until a pick inserted about 2 inches from the edge comes out gooey but not liquid, DON'T overbake).

The top will be puffed and slightly cracked, especially around the edges. It will sink down as it cools. Let cool on a rack until just slightly warm, about 1-1/2 hours. Loosen the cake from the pan by holding the pan almost perpendicular to the counter; tap the pan on the counter while rotating it clockwise. Invert onto a large flat plate or board. Remove the pan and carefully peel off the parchment. Sift some cocoa powder over the cake (this will make it easier to remove the slices when serving). Invert again onto a similar plate so that the top side is up. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours or overnight, or freeze.

Tip: To slice the marble cake neatly, use a hot knife (run it under hot running water and dry it). Wipe the blade clean between slices.

Recipe inspired by: Fine Cooking

My new colleagues are still raving on, saying it was one of the best marble cake they have ever eaten!

Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake

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