It was during the early days of my baking expedition. If you follow the recipe as it, the batter is quite thick, not runny at all, and all those while, I never knew that you could bake a cake out of thick batter (duh!!!). I thought to myself: “Why is this thick? Let me add some milk…” So I added milk, reduced the thickness, went by the layering, the batter looked perfect with those inter circles, my heart was literally dancing – wow, I am going to make a fantastic cake. At that time, I didn’t have an oven, so I made the cake in my pressure cooker. Once the cake was done and I flipped it onto the plate, this is what I got –
|Where’s the zebra??? 🙁|
Hey, where are those circles that I formed??? 🙁 Yep, in between the baking, they separated and the chocolate batter settled at the bottom and the vanilla at the top, naturally because the chocolate batter was slightly more dense (physics – how much I used to hate it!!!). So there you go, I got a layered cake – not that it was not eatable, in fact it was really tasty, dense layered (can’t even call it marble!) cake and everybody enjoyed it but I missed the zebra…
I don’t know whether to call this a recipe post, but post, I did!!! We are going into a weekend and I am pretty much excited, even though there are no plans as such!! Let’s see how it goes, the summer heat is unbearable so beach, park and barbeque are all out of question, but the amount of malls in Dubai leave you confused as to where to go for your window shopping!!! 😉
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Preheat oven 180 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan and set aside.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
- Break eggs into a bowl and beat using an electric beater along with the sugar till fluffy and pale, around 5 minutes.
- Add in the milk, oil and vanilla and beat till combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and just beat till combined, do not overbeat.
- Divide the batter into two. Add the cocoa powder into one bowl and fold in till done.
- Into the prepared pan, pour three tablespoons of the plain batter into the center. Now pour three tablespoons of the chocolate batter into the center. You will see the batter taking a round shape.
- Continue to pour the batter intermittently without stopping till the batter looks like a "zebra". Do not tap or shake the pan under any cost.
- Slide the pan into the oven carefully and bake for 30-40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before flipping onto a cooling rack. Cool completely, slice and serve!