Oh my! It has been 2 weeks since I have added a recipe. I did make a few cakes and deserts over Christmas and New Year but just spent my time eating the results instead of typing up the recipes.
One yummy but unusual one I made was a Chocolate Chip Marzipan Cake. I think it looks lovely when sliced. It was moist and soft even though I didn’t follow the recipe 100%.
I couldn’t get a hold of muscovado sugar which is a strong tasting brown sugar that looks like it is some molasses mixed into it. It is kind of sticky and wet. I only had white sugar so I made do with that. The batter turned out thicker then is should have and I blame that in the sugar.
- 115 grams butter (preferably unsalted)
- 150 grams muscovado sugar (light muscovado sugar or light brown) 3/4 cup
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsps cocoa powder (23 grams)
- 150 grams all-purpose flour (1 1/3 cup)
- 1 1/2 tsps baking powder (5 grams)
- 1/2 tsp salt (3 grams)
- 125 grams marzipan (chopped)
- 4 tbsps plain chocolate (chips or coarsely chopped)(I used 6 tbs)
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Grease and flour a 20 x 11 cm (8″ x 4″) loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Sift in flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder, fold into the egg mixture.
- Mix chopped marzipan and chocolate chips in a bowl; set aside about 4 tablespoons and fold the rest into the cake batter mixture.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan, level the top and sprinkle the reserved marzipan and chocolate chips on top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until risen and firm. Cool in the pan for a few minutes before turning out to a wire rack to cool completely.
I did a few things different from what the original recipe said to do. They were:
I melted the butter then beat in the sugar with a wooden spoon.
I added extra chocolate chips… I wasn’t satisfied with how few there were and I didn’t put marzipan on top of the cake.
I only baked it for 35 minutes – which wasn’t enough.
My batter couldn’t “pour”. It was very thick so I thought I should bake it for less time but then the middle sunk in a bit because the centre was slightly under cooked.
Any way, after all that, it was still a joy to eat. Chocolate Chip Marzipan Cake is a must to try. I do believe I will make it again… and this time follow the original recipe.
When you try it let us all know how it turns out. Enjoy, enjoy!