Tuesday, September 1, 2009

German Classic: Marbled Cake

Marbled Cake
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2009

Maybe marbled cake is "The" classic German Cake. At least for me. I can not think of any birthday, anniversary or other family celebration without marbled cake made in a bundt cake form. And for all grown up in the 60s and 70s it is connected to one cook book "Backen macht Freude", the Dr. Oetker baking book, first published in 1960 and still available. The recipes in this book are foolproofed and I still rely on it when it comes to baking, although I have my own variations. The original front cover was Marbled Cake and browsing through the book always brings up childhood memories.

Marbled Cake
(for one bundt cake form)

300 g butter (softened)
285 g sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
1 tablespoon rum
1 dash salt
5 eggs

375 g all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons milk

20 g Dutch Cocoa Powder
20 g sugar
3 tablespoons milk

Grease a suited bundt cake form. Preheat oven to 180°C.

Mix Dutch Cocoa powder, 20 sugar and 3 tablespoons milk until sugar and cocoa powder are dissilved. The mixture should be homogenous.

In a large bowl mix butter to make it creamy. Add sugar and a dash salt and mix on hight speed until sugar is well blended. Now add one egg after the other. After adding one egg mix for about one minute on medium to high speed. Which each egg the batter will get softer and more creamy. Aater you have added the fifth egg, add rum and vanilla flavor and mix again.

Mix flour and baking powder. Sieve half of flour mixture onto butter batter and mix until blended. Don't overmix. Add 2 tablespoons milk and mix. Sieve rest of flour mixture onto batter and mix again.

Fill 2/3 of batter into bundt cake form.

To the rest of the batter add dutch cocoa powder mixture and mix until blended. Fill cocoa batter onto the other batter. By using a fork and a spiral move through the batter swirl the dark bater into the light batter to get the typical marbled cake structure.

Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until cake is done. Cake is done when a tooth pick comes out clean. When the cake gets to dark on top you can cover it with baking paper.

When cake is done, let cool for about 10 minutes in baking form. Then let cool completely on cooling rack. Before serving dust the cake with powder sugar generousely.

Marbled Cake
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2009

Backen macht Freude
German Baking Today

This book was published first in 1960 by Dr. Oetker and has been used in my family until then. And I guess this is the case in most German families. Meanwhile you can get it in English too called "German Baking Today". The recipes in the newer editions are still the same. For those interested in food photography a comparision of the original edition of 1960 and the latest one is highly inetersting. The photographic sytyle has changed completely (obviousely). I still can remeber most of the colored photographs from the original edition. To save space two or more different recipes were shown in one photograph.

Variation of form and size
You can try this cake in different baking forms, like a loaf pan form form. Or make it as little single cakes in a muffin pan.

Marble Cake
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2009

Marbled Mini Cakes (2)
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2009


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I haven't had marble cake in years! looks delicious Thorsten.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

marbled cake always a huge favorite here! it's never looked so good thorsten. sehr schön!

Thorsten said...

Thank you both.

Peter, we make it frequently. The combination of vanilla flavor and cocoa is it for me.

Thanks Meeta for the compliment.

Unknown said...

Great post TK, I'll cook the cake for sure in the forthcoming autumn (still too hot here now for a cake like this).
BTW: I absolutely LOVE the third shot.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love all three versions, Thorsten - beautiful.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Oh my, beautiful cake. Did not know it was a classic in Germany.

Thorsten said...

Thank you all.

Alessandro, it was hot here too while I did this. I guess one should never bake in a small kitchen when the temperatures outside that high.

Helene, OK, there are several classics, like plum cake (to name one other). This one is a classic, because it is so easy. The only tricky thing is the spiral. Sometimes it works, other times not as one wanted it to be.

Sunshinemom said...

The loaf form has come out really beautiful. Another bookmarked recipe for me! I know the texture will not be the same after veganizing this one but a marble cake is always welcome/

Thorsten said...

Sunshinemom, marbled cake is always worthwhile the effort. It is the tradition behind, that makes it special for eceryone.

Credit Score Online said...

I am a great marble cake fan. Yum! Yum! I am drooling now ^_^