Sunday, March 15, 2009

All-Occasion Marble Cake

16 servings
* 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
* 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup milk
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
* 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1/4 cup milk

For the cake: Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the cocoa, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium-high, beat the butter with the remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, add the remaining ingredients, and beat until smooth.

Spoon 2 cups of the vanilla batter into the bowl with the cocoa mixture; blend until smooth. Pour the vanilla batter into baking pan. Spoon in the chocolate batter to create six puddles on top of the vanilla batter. Using a knife, drag through the two batters to marbleize. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

For the frosting: Melt the chocolate in a Pyrex measuring cup in a pan of simmering water; stir.

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, and melted chocolate, adding just enough milk to make a spreadable frosting. Frost the cooled cake.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 380 (0% from fat)
Fat: 15g (sat 9g)
Protein: 5mg
Carbohydrate: 61g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 62mg
Iron: 2mg
Sodium: 237mg
Calcium: 74mg

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recipes by:Kay Chun, Real Simple
Photo: Wendell Webber


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