Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hazelnut Chocolate Marble Cake

Last week my friend was here visiting me & we had a nice time shopping, watching movies & baking. I have posted a couple of cookie recipes that we baked during her first visit & here she comes next week  again & what a co-incidence  she gets a big hazlenut  chocolate bar for me. I had already been going crazy for Nutella(hazlenut spread)  ever since I laid my hands on the first jar . It was just so exciting to hold that 400 Gram bar of chocolate & knowing that we could not eat the whole thing I had to  use it in some way. My friend suggested we make a chocolate cake  as she also wanted to learn baking it. So I had all the ingredients for a good recipe: a friend , a hazlenut chocolate bar, a chocolate cake in demand & a student for my one on one baking class : what more could I ask for.  So we started with a basic cake recipe with the thought of just adding the chocolate in the end & decorating the cake with chocolate shavings when done. As I started with the batter my thoughts kept on changing. Why not make a double layer cake : vanilla & chocolate & so I poured half of the prepared batter into the baking loaf pan, I added almost 150 gms of the melted hazlenut chocolate  to the remaining half batter & as I was pouring it  on top of the vanilla batter it just felt too light in colour & not very chocolatey . So I poured just half of that batter into the pan & then added a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder to the remaining 1/4 batter  to get the dark chocolatey taste. And once the cake was out of the oven we could not wait to decorate it with the chocolate shavings, we just ate it as is.

Ingredients:
  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 cup light brown sugar
  6. 1 stick butter at room temp.
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  9. 150 gms hazlenut chocolate( or cocoa & whole hazlenuts will be fine as well)
  10. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  11. 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
Preparation:

  1. Mix the 1st four dry ingredients together , flour , baking soda, baking powder & salt. Keep aside
  2. Start with beating the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment , beat 3-4 minutes until light . Add sugar & beat again until the mixture seems light & fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one by one beating a minute at a time.You might need to scrape the bowl from the sides. 
  4. Add the vanilla extract & start adding the dry ingredients  little by little until fully incorporated. If the batter seems too thick add some milk until it reaches a semi solid texture. 
  5. Pour half of the prepared batter into well greased 9" By 5 " baking loaf pan . Pat the pan on the work surface 3-4 times to even out the batter. Now add the melted chocolate ( i microwaved the chocolate bar for about a minute ) to the remaining batter & mix well.
  6. Pour 1/4 of this chocolate batter on top of the vanilla batter in the pan. 
  7. Now add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the remaining 1/4 batter . Mix well. Add some milk to bring it to the right consistency as adding the cocoa powder makes it thick.
  8. Pour it as the top layer. 
  9. Bake on 350 F for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
We could not wait to decorate the cake with more melted chocolate & chocolate shavings / just ate it as is.