This cake is one of the most impressive looking cake and will surely bring the “wow” expressions to all your friends and relatives this Deepavali! Though to some of you, it may look difficult to achieve this pattern – it is extremely easy actually. If you are lazy and require fewer stripes, use 4 tablespoons of batter instead of the 3 tablespoons that I have recommended. In case you mess up the stripes, don’t worry – you just have to take a knife and bring it up and down on the batter and you make a Marble cake!
200 g sugar
100 g Q.B.B. ghee, room temperature
150 g butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
6 medium eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking powder
500 g self-raising flour
125 g water with 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
- Cream sugar, Q.B.B. ghee, butter, eggs, vanilla extract and salt until foamy. Preferably use an electric beater.Sift flour and baking powder together and fold into the beaten mixture.
- Add in the water combined with bicarbonate of soda. The batter should be thick and not too wet. (Never over beat since it will knock out the air bubbles)
- Divide batter into two portions and to one add in the sifted cocoa powder.
- Grease square or rectangle baking pan with Q.B.B. ghee, and dust with fine bread-crumbs or flour.
- Pour about 3 tablespoons of the plain batter in the center of the baking pan and then pour about 3 tablespoons of the cocoa batter in the center of the plain batter.
- Do not spread the batter as it will spread on its own!
- Continue alternating the batters in a bulls-eye manner until all the batter is used up. Visually, you will now have alternate thin rings of each batter on the outer ring and thicker rings towards the inside of the pan.
- Bake 40 minutes at 170°C or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.
- Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it onto a wire rack to cool it thoroughly.
- Do not cut it until it is totally cool.