Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Marble-ous day ;)

Well, the dog days of summer are coming to an end and it is raining cats and dogs here in ATL. Of course, fall season means college football and the peak of professional baseball season. Things that I like N absolutely detests :) Yes, I am a sports aficionado. I even saw gymnastics with great enthusiasm during the Olympics. And have I mentioned this?

I went to University of Michigan and I've taken a dip in the pool where someone called Michael Phelps has trained :D

Isn't that sweet!

Well I guess that’s the closest I'm getting to Phelps both in terms of distance as well as swimming capabilities ;) And I'm sorry about the rather shameless advertising...... The beginning of Fall term has so many vivid memories in my mind. More on those memories in another post. Coming back, it was one of those rainy August days when N and I were locked inside the house due to a tornado warning in our county. We decided to (gee !what a shock :P) bake something rich, warm and just chatter about our college days. When it comes to those golden days of your life, you never run out of stories and every time you reminisce, it feels like it was yesterday when that incident happened! And then you realize that you are OLD!

N and I decided to bake this beautiful chocolate marble cake and remember those marble-ous college days ;)

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup molten semisweet chocolate
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
3 tbsp butter
A pinch of baking soda and baking powder

1. Melt the butter in a microwave to bring it to room temperature. In a mixer, beat the butter with sugar. Add ¼ cup sugar at a time.

2. Add the eggs one by one and beat them well. Transfer the beaten mixture into a bowl and fold in the flour to make a nice, smooth batter. You can add milk to adjust the consistency of the batter. The final batter should be thicker than honey.

3. Divide the batter into two equal portions. To one, add the molten chocolate and mix well. I melted the chocolate using the double boiler technique.

4. In a baking dish, add two scoops of each batter side by side and continue till the baking dish is covered. If more batter is left, you can add layers of batters on top. The idea is not to ‘mix’ the two batters. Take a knife and give a few swirls. This produces the ‘marble’ effect.

5. Bake it at 325F for 25-30 mins. or until a toothpick comes out clean when immersed. Let it cool down outside.

6. Enjoy the moist, chocolaty goodness of the marble bread!

The cake came out really well and we wished the never stopped and the cake never got over ;)


delhibelle said...

what a sweet post, and the cake looks delicious:)

Usha said...

Yep,reminiscing about good old days...oops maybe I could have skipped the reference to old...is always fun..and how wonderful that you were able to bake this marvelous cake too in the meanwhile :)

Cham said...

Hope u guys re safe :) With rain only!
Even we get old, those college days memories remain still green.. Beautiful cake :)

Dhanggit said...

I love the way it marbled!! hmmm mouth-watering....nothing beats great college days memories in company of great baked goodies like this!

sra said...

You must have heard of six degrees of separation - you may be closer to Phelps than you think! :)
That's a marble-ously marbled cake.

Dibs said...

Wow, that looks spongy!

Sireesha said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi dear...
Cake looks delicious and spongy.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Now that's a good marble cake - it doesn't skimp on the chocolate!

Maria said...

Thanks for visiting our blog! We hope you come again!
Your marble cake looks delicious! I think I will have to try it...and soon!

kittie said...

Ah - chocolate marble cake is a trip down memory lane for me too - a good friend used to make them and send them into work ... we'd all site in the tearoom scoffing it down til either it finished... or we felt sick!

Flourchild said...

Thank you for visting my blog. I love your cake, it looks wonderful.
Have you joined TWD yet? Please think about joining if you have not. It's a blast and you get to bake some great goodies!

Katrina said...

I loved your "About Me" section on blogger. I, too, read "millions" of food blog daily and haven't come across yours until your recent comment on mine. You have a great blog and how wonderful for you both to share in it. I'm lucky if now and then my husband peeks in on all I've been posting about.
The marble cake looks great!

Lisa Michelle said...


First off, that's one of the most aethically perfect marble cakes I've ever seen. It also looks super moist and delicious!

Secondly, although I responded to your comment about the Yanks on my blog (I snuck a funny in there), I wanted to add something here too. I have two entries I posted about the Yanks in my blog prior to the trade deadline. It's under baseball in my categories menu. I haven't written that much about them because well, I was too frustrated. Now, I'm just sad.

That said, I'm holding onto the smallest shred of hope that something miraculous happens. If not, what a rotten way to close out the Stadium forever..a meaningless series against the freakin' O's. Ick :(

Adam said...

I love marbled cake. It's probably my favorite, and I like how it can't make up its mind :)

Amen to Sports Season. College Football, NFL, and MLB playoffs. September and October are among the best months for sports EVER.

Am I excited about the games this weekend? Beyond words, dude. And yeah, I agree week 1 against the Dolphins and an old QB is quite the matchup.

Good luck to your teams too :)

Lisa Michelle said...

Err..I meant aesthetically. My fingers are all over the place this afternoon!

Anyhoo, great blog!

Mansi Desai said...

hahaha, what an enticing post, with the story and the recipe!:) I love marbled cakes too, yours looks lovely!

thanks for visiting the cafe! as you can see, I haven't announced it yet; will do so after getting back from my vacation:) but feel free to submit a recipe using the form on the top. there's never of Enough recipes!:)D

Leslie said...

Love the marbled cake!!!
Thanks for your visit to my blog.
I am glad you liked it...stop back by anytime!!

Jodie said...

uh-oh my alma mater just beat your alma mater last weekend. :) THe bread looks yummy though!

PG said...

The marble cake looks Marvelous!
I love marble cakes! Have never made them though. Somehow make two different batters have kept me from trying it.

LG said...

My hubs was hooked to TV during the Olympic season ... me n sunny hated it :( no cartoon for sunny and no other program watching for me :( Btw, that cake looks marblous....trust you enjoyed it till the last piece..

Tartelette said...

All that chocolate in that cake is awesome!! Well done!

Anonymous said...

There's nothing more cherishable than one's "marbelous" days!!!
and A wow for taking a dip in that pool :D

Simple but you choc cake looks fantastic!!

Suma Rajesh said...

happy ganesh chaturthi to u too..ur sponge cakes looks beautiful..

Hannah said...

Beautiful marbling! I tend to have trouble keeping the two colors distinct, but your cake looks great. :)

Divya said...

Nice cake! Loved reading up on your little escapades in every post.
Oh! And I fondly remember the famers market in Atlanta, I so miss it...

Jyothsna said...

Lovely cake guys! When I bake, I too wish I could have the cake and eat it too!:)

Bharathy said...

Wow!! Marble cake is somthing that my kids would die for :)..perfect one here, girl :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Here, it is also raining cats and dogs...

Your cake looks fabulous!



Emiline said...

It's such a pretty cake! I love the marbled look.

Dee said...

Ooh, very pretty. I'm hopeless with marbling :(

Valarmathi said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Cake looks delicious and spongy.

Alexa said...

We had the same idea... How funny. :-) I bake a marble cake yesterday. Yours came out more marbly though. It dresses the cake up so much. Lovely post.

Aparna said...

It looks marbelous, all right.
It was my husband's birthday last month and his colleagues found out. I ended up making six of these for him to take to work!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm a sucker for all marbled things! This cake looks great in its marbeliciousness (yes, I made that up)!

raaji said...

vow that looks real yummy..

A_and_N said...

@ Delhibelle: Thanks....and thanks :)

@ Usha: Well, I am handling reality...I AM getting old :) But yes, those days never seem to be too old to recollect.

@ Cham: Hehe......Very true about college days.......and thanks for checking out the cake :)

@ Dhanggit: Absolutely :D Although I could use a pizza along with cake to make the reminiscing more greasy (hence, more authentic!)

@ Sra: LOL! I tend to swim with my head over water because I cant hold my breath under water for long....so I'd doubt that :)

@ Dibs: Thanks Dibs!It was fairly moist and spongy.

@ Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you too! Thanks for checking out the cake :)

@ The Short (dis)Order Cook: Thanks! N was watching me so I could not aford to skimp on the chocolate even if I wanted to :)

@ Maria: You can be assured that I'll be a regular visitor :) And thanks for checking out the cake...I'd recommend it :)

@ Kittie: Glad to hear that I helped bring back some of your old memories :)

@ Flourchild: Thanks :) N is a blog-freak indeed! And these rather 'indifferent' husbands often turn out to be secret admirers of your work....you never know ;)

@ Lisa: Thanks for checking out our blog!

I read your post before the trading deadline...I agree with most of it....I guess with the loss to the Mariners, the season is now over.....I'll post my views on your blog on appropriate posts. I'd LOOOVE to discuss the Bronx Bombers :)

@ Adam: Hell yeah! And I guess the Jets squeaked by the Dolphins today :) I saw the game and #4 still looks like vintage Favre! He played really well!

@ Mansi: Thanks for the comments Mansi! We're looking forward to contributing into your cafe :) And yes...there is no such thing as 'enough recipes' :)

@ Jodie: No way! You went to Utah? Well, thanks for rubbing it in....just kidding! They deserved to win...we stank! But Utah could have won more comfortably. They didnt play particularly well either :) Good luck fo reminder of the season.

@ PG: Thanks PG. They're worth a try :) I'm sure you have completed much more dificult experiments than a marble cake :)

@ LG: Well, you could have enjoyed Olympics and possibly gotten Sunny to watch with you. He could be the next medalist for India :)

@ Tartelette: Coming from you, that is truly a compliment :) Thanks a ton.

@ Rachel: Well I also saw him walk his dog once down the college campus. Its a pity I couldnt recognize him! Because he wasnt being flocked by students!!!! My friend later showed me his autograph after 10 mins. and I was extremely mad at myself!

@ Suma: Thank you so much!

@ Hannah: I havent documented my previous 2 attempts which failed miserably :) I'm sure you'll do it when you try it next time :)

@ Divya: Thank you so much for taking the time to read the escapades :) And yes, e have fallen in love with the Farmers Market :)

@ Jyothsna: LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

@ Bharathy: I strongly recommend you try try it!!

@ Rosa: Well, at least you are amidst picteresque meadows in Switzerland....all I see here are freight trucks and apartment buildings :)

@ Emiline: Thank you so much :)

@ Dee: Thanks.....and c'mon I am sure you'll do it when you try the next time ;)

@ Valarmathi: Thanks. I think I'll be visiting it regularly :)

@ Alexa: Cant wait to see yours! Will stop by more often :)

@ Aparna: SIX cakes? How many hands do you have again???? :)

@ Clumbsy Cookie: I am a sucker for food so tell me about it :) And maybe we should try to get 'marbeliciousness' into the dictionary. The word seems very credible and meaningful :)

@ Raaji: Thank you so much :)

Laavanya said...

Aah.. the joys of being newly married :) Now I feel super old!! :)

Cakelaw said...

LOL - love your marble bread and the fact that you have taken a dip in the same pool where Michael Phelps has swum.