6 August 2016

Chocolate Marble Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (aka Cake #VIEWS)

Recently I have spiralled into this unhealthy obsession with Drake. I want to caption everything with a Drake lyric. I try to sneak in "somewhere between psychotic and iconic" into every human interaction I have. I hope one day I can introduce myself by saying "last name ever, first name greatest." But until then I'll just be here...turning birthday into a lifestyle. Please send help. 

I feel remotely better than I'm not the only one though. I was chatting to Thalia last night and we came into mutual agreement that we will meet in Toronto (aka Drake heaven), rent an AirBnb, build a Drake shrine, and make all the Drake cake together. *squeals*

So let's backtrack a little...to a time that Drake wasn't the essence of my existence and the blogging was still a novel thing to me. So what got me into blogging? What made me decide to set aside a good chunk of my weekend to bake, fail at baking, bake again, and then take photos of the non-failures? Other people's blogs. I was obsessed with reading (more like stalking) other baking blogs. 

One of the first blogs I followed is the one belonging to Joy the Baker. She's super rad and her cookbook Homemade Decadence is such a fun read. I never get sick of the description of her apple cheddar pie. Joy also talks a bit about New Orleans from time to time and I'm all about the NOLA vibez. I think my girl/blog crush status for her went through the roof when she came up with Drake on Cake. CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT HOW AMAZING THAT IDEA IS. Can we talk about how I wish I was witty enough to come up with something like that. So here is my little homage to Drake cake, a feeble attempt of mine to up my cool levels by a factor of 0.1. 

If you need me, you can find me listening to the Take Care album on repeat.

Chocolate Marble Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yields: Three-layer 6 inch cake

Classic Vanilla Cake
1/2 cup 2 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
130 ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 salt

Devil's Food Cake 
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
100 ml milk
3 tablespoon sour cream/plain greek yogurt

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz (115g) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cup (375g) icing sugar
2 - 3 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Classic Vanilla Cake
Preheat oven to 350F and grease three cake pans. 

In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar together. Gradually add in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk to combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture and mix on slow to combine. Gradually pour in the milk and add in the remainder of the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Divide the mixture evenly among the three prepared cake pans and set aside.

Devil's Food Cake
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.

In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until well incorporated.

Add in the dry ingredients and start mixing on slow. Gradually add the milk and sour cream/greek yogurt.

Marbling (Cake Batter): 
Using a spoon, dollop big spoonfuls of the chocolate batter into the pans with vanilla batter. Using the spoon, swirl the chocolate dollops into the vanilla batter. Careful not to swirl too much, or else the marble will not be prominent when it has finished baking. 

Bake for 35-37 minutes. Check for doneness a few minutes before the 35 minute mark by using a toothpick - if the toothpick comes out clean, you're good to go. You can also test for doneness by gently pressing your finger on the cake - it should spring back up.

Cream Cheese Frosting
In a mixer, cream together the cream cheese and unsalted butter until mixture is light and fluffy. Slowly add in the icing sugar, one cup at a time. Add in the vanilla extract. Add in the milk, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

For the blue text, I reserved a few spoonfuls of the cream choose frosting and added a couple drops of blue food colouring.

1 comment

  1. “I’m here for a good time not a long time” - *stuffs my face with this cake*



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