Sunday, 21 August 2016

Marble Cake

A picnic was planned over the weekend
and I was given the task of making the dessert.
A good old fashioned cake came to mind
haven't baked this in a long time...

Instead of using the usual Neapolitan colours of pink/cocoa/vanilla 
I chose a combination of green, yellow and chocolate
It was me being outrageous... not!

Marble Cake

250g butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp  salt
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp boiling water
yellow and green food colouring

Preheat the oven to 170C.
Grease a deep bundt pan with butter.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter with sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Beat the eggs gradually into the creamed mixture.

Sift the flour and salt and fold into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.

Divide the mixture into 3 portions.
Sift the cocoa and mix with boiling water. Stir the mixture into 1 portion of the cake mixture.
To the second portion, add a few drops of green and yellow to the third portion.

Drop tablespoons of the mixture into the prepared tin; alternating the colours.
Run a knife gently through the mixture to marble it.

Bake for 50 - 55 minutes.

Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

To make the ganache, you will need
135g dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup double cream

Combine the chocolate and cream in a small saucepan.
Stir until melted.
Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool completely.

Once cooled, pour the ganache  evenly over the cake.
Decorate with some chopped walnuts and slivered almonds, if wished.

The picnic was in the small seaside town of Carnoustie
less than 2 hours away from us.

Yummy traditional Malaysian picnic food prepared by Rose Brown
Nasi Lemak with Sambal Ikan Bilis
and Chicken Rendang
and Chicken Pie 

Coincidentally, there was a dog show in a nearby hall
Soon after the show, little cute furry things were seen strolling along the 
boulevard with their "owners"
 I couldn't help but use the opportunity to take a few photos of them

Accompanying the Pokemon Huntress on her mission
to add more Pokemons into her Pokedex 

Lastly, and most importantly....

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