I wanted to make something special for my friend Martin’s 30th birthday and thought chocolate is always a good option. I chose to bake a German Marble Cake. Albeit a recipe without a photo, so I would have to imagine what it looked like. I assumed it should look something like these cakes from the Heavenly Polish Bakery in St Kilda, Melbourne…
The addition of rum won me over on this one too.
I have never made a marble cake before. I did watch Janet on Great British Bake Off make a gorgeous one. I thought I had grasped how to marble the cakes but it is always an experiment when I’m cooking. (Just ask Chris about my interesting lemon chicken. Emphasis on the lemon, with very little chicken…) I think there’s definitely a technique to marbling perfection. Janet has it, not sure if I do??
Germany is still on my wish list to visit. I do love the German Christmas Markets when they come up North. I could spend a fortune on sweet treats. I predict a massive German themed Christmas bake in the next month!
This cake required a few mixing bowls which equals more washing up, not my favourite part of baking I must admit, but it comes with the territory of attempting something new and exciting, taking me further out of my comfort zone.
I plodded on mixing copious amounts of almond batter, separating half out to add cocoa powder. To enhance the recipe further I melted a whole bar of elephant chocolate I found in the fridge into the batter too. 🙂 Then my favourite bit. THE RUM.
This was starting to smell like the most amazing cake I had ever baked!! Maybe rum should be added to everything I bake?
I thoroughly greased the round tin and 2 small pudding tins. The recipe required layering of the 2 batters, a bit ying and yang-esque. I have no idea how many layers of batter or how thick they were supposed to be (or even if I was using the right sized tin?!) so it was another case of hoping for the best and looking forward to seeing how it turned out. A quick swizzle with a knife to create the marble effect, and into the oven they went.
Again as I had made up the final recipe amounts (I’ll just shake a bit more flour in here and slosh a bit more rum in there…) I had no idea how long they should take in the oven. Particularly the Mini Marbles. So I simply guessed. And I think I guessed right. The skewer came out clean after 30 minutes for the Mini Marbles and about an hour for the large Marble.
If I could have eaten the air in my kitchen I would. This cake is so delicious.
Almonds, rum and chocolate. What a combination! Very smooth texture too, perfect for the day after a big party too for a nice pick me up!
Surprise, surprise I hadn’t really considered how I was going to transport this rather bulky cake to a party, or in fact if it would be a bit of an odd present to give. (My friend reassured me that it wasn’t at all weird but it was just ‘me’) So I let the cakes cool and found a Christmas cake board in the cupboard and a doily to pop the cake onto. I then grabbed the roll of cling film and sealed it altogether. A quick wrap with a ribbon tied into a lovely bow, almost like a Hot Cross Bun, I had muddled together Christmas, Easter and Birthdays all in one German Cake.
Just enough time to throw on my dress and off to the party complete with cake!
Rum is good in lots of baked goods: cakes and bread puddings especially. If you draw the knife through a few more times you’ll get more marbling. One of my favorite cakes (and I am not a big cake fan) is an Alice Medrich cake called a Tiger Cake — it is a marbled cake with cocoa and olive oil, which gets better as it sits around. It’s in her book called Bittersweet.
Oh wow I love the sound of Tiger Cake, I will have to have a look for that recipe! I’ve already added rum to my next bake too 🙂 smells lovely!
Hello – this cake looks amazing – I’ve just amused my partner by sniffing our bottle of rum just while making a cup of tea. Your descriptions made me long for a whiff…
Thanks so much for your really kind Liebster nomination. I’ve posted about it here http://dichotomyof.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/leibster-love/ You really made my week 🙂 Happy baking!
Wow thank you so much. I just read your blog and I’m still smiling now!! Thanks so much for your kind words. Glad that you’re enjoying the blog multi sensory stylee. I decided to bake a slightly different Christmas Cake this year and Rum will be featuring heavily in it (mainly because it’s the only spirit I have left in the cupboard but also because I tried drinking the leftover Christmas Brandy last year… it wasn’t good!) I’m going to check out your nominations now too! Thanks again and looking forward to your next post! 🙂
You have a Hello Kitty toaster! I am soooo jealous! 🙂
Thanks! I love it!! 🙂 my friend bought me Hello Kitty pasta as a present! It was so cute!
Delicious; a wonderful birthday present:) I really want to make a German style marble cake…but affraid it will be a disaster. I need to be brave!