September 25, 2012

Cardamom Marble Cake Loaf

We are back from a relaxing holiday in Cochin with parents, filled with loads of good food and company. My mother-in-law makes the most amazing array of non vegetarian dishes that no matter how hard we try to restrain and eat less, the tasty dishes wins over our determination all the time. Our Kerala trips are never complete without a visit to the popular Anns for their wonderful Marble Cake and Black Halwa. This time though, that visit did not happen but I am not regretting it one bit. The reason being, Amma surprised us with the most wonderful Marble Cake for our Wedding Anniversary! It definitely beat all the store bought marble cakes I have had during my childhood. It was soft, crumbly and delicious with the unique addition of the Queen of Spice, Cardamom. I experimented on the recipe borrowed from her and very happy with it.
You will need:
Flour - 200 gms
Melted Butter - 200 gms
Powdered Sugar - 200 gms
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Egg yolks - 4
Whipped Egg Whites - 4
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Hot Milk - 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice - 1/4 tsp
Sift the flour and the baking powder together. Keep aside.
Beat the sugar, cardamom powder, butter and the egg yolks until it is light and fluffy.
Add the vanilla essence, hot milk and lemon juice.
Alternate the whipped egg whites and the sifted flour and mix until well combined.
Halve the mixture into another bowl.
Add the cocoa powder into one half of the batter and fold gently until well incorporated.
Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Line a loaf tin with parchment paper and spoon both the mixtures alternatively forming a checkerboard design.
Tap down the tin to remove any air bubbles.
Using a skewer, gently swirl the mixture around to give it a marbled effect. Do not over mix.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Remove onto a cooling rack and cool completely before cutting it.