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

15 comments:

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Very nice! I definitely have to try the peppermint version soon! :)

Pamela said...

Very pretty! What nice marbling you've got there, too!

Jessica said...

What a cute smiling cake! I really am curious about the chocolate/peppermint version now...sounds delicious.

cindy said...

What a fun loaf! I did enjoy the surprise of peppermint. I also dirtied a ton of dishes. Glad I have a double dishwasher.

Valerie said...

Beautiful swirls! It sounds as though the peppermint was the most popular variation, but the orange and chocolate sounds good too...:D

Kayte said...

Looks great...and I'm with you...I thought there were a lot of dishes and whatnot to clean up from this one. Love seeing all the marbling...like works of art!

miss kate said...

How nice! I bet it was really good with the extra chocolate :-)

Peggy said...

Perfect marbling!! Wasn't this a fun cake to make. I did chocolate and peppermint.

Jacque said...

The peppermint sounds wonderful. Nice job, your marbling looks great.

jillbert said...

The first thing I thought when I saw your cake was that it looks like it's smiling! All the flavor combos sound good!

The Bake More said...

Like you, I don’t think I divided my batter evenly, and I had messy bowls galore :) Thanks for baking with me this week. --- Carol

Katrina said...

Looks perfect!

natalia said...

Ciao Nicole ! I wish I could send my swan to your mum ! I'm sure I will never be able to make it again either ! Love your cake !

Cakelaw said...

Your cake is cute - it does look like a smile.

briarrose said...

Beautiful swirl.....I can never resist the chocolate/mint combo. An unusual flavor for a loaf.