Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Chocolate Peppermint Marbled Loaf Cake
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Carol from The Bake More. She chose the Basic Marbled Loaf Cake, which is exactly like is sounds. The beauty here is that Dorie provides a list of possible variations, so I’m really looking forward to all the different ways the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers made this recipe. To get the complete recipe, visit Carol’s blog and let your imagination take hold!
When I first read through the recipe, I had decided to make the chocolate orange variation. I have a good friend who loves chocolate and orange together, so I’m always on the lookout for those flavors when they are paired together. After reading the comments from the other bakers, so many people were excited to try to chocolate peppermint variation. That sounded good, too, and since I had peppermint extract already, I decided to make that instead.
This cake was simple to make but I sure messed up a lot of dishes making it! Melting bittersweet and white chocolate, making the batter, then dividing the batter, too a lot of different bowls. I don’t think I quite divided the batter evenly, as it sure seemed like I had a lot more chocolate batter than the peppermint batter. I layered the batters in the pan, swirled it a bit and hoped it would make a nice marbled loaf. My loaf baked up really tall, but didn’t overflow the pan. When I cut the loaf the swirl was nice, kind of like a smile! The peppermint is unexpected in a cake like this, but it’s very nice. I think I would like to try this as an all chocolate with peppermint cake. That would be really great for the holidays.
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, pages 230 and 231