Summers remind me of our holidays in Pondicherry. How intimidated we were on a friend telling us that summer is not the right time to visit Pondicherry. But we had our fill of good times and good food. We loved the guest house where we put up for four memorable days. The lotus pond, green frogs, the fish pond, the beach, and cashews growing kept us so amused and engaged that the heat did not bother us at all.
On the last day, we had a simple lunch at a Café. The dessert counter had great varieties of cakes. The swirls of chocolate marble cake caught my kids’ attention and they wanted me to bake one for them. Yesterday, when I baked this cake, the memories got fresh again.
We enjoyed our slices with ice cream as we flipped through the pages of the album, reliving the good times.
Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Loaf Cake
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt (or less depending on taste)
1 cup castor sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2/3 cup buttermilk
Cocoa paste (¼ cup cocoa + 2 tablespoons boiling water. Stir till smooth)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees C. Line the bottom and grease the sides of one 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Whisk together first three ingredients in a large bowl.
Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla essence.
Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with buttermilk.
Set aside 1/3 of this batter.
Add cocoa paste to the reserved batter and stir till well combined.
Spoon the batters in the prepared pan. Add one tablespoon of vanilla batter followed by chocolate batter. Level the top with a spoon. Run a table knife or the back of a spoon in swirling motion through the batters to get to get marbling effect.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Turn out cake from pan and cool completely on the rack.
On my kids’ behest, I added 2 tablespoons of vanilla custard powder to the plain batter to get a golden hue.
On another occasion, I added 2 tablespoons of strawberry custard powder to plain batter and the result was a lovely strawberry and chocolate marble cake.