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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Marbled Spice Crumble Cake



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I love Saturdays.  They are so leisurely and non-comittal . . . just the way I like them.  Todd is free to do his thing, which usually means watching man movies on the telly that bore me to tears . . . and I am free to do my thing, which usually means baking something scrummy for us to share.

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Some weekends it may be a nice crumble or pie . . . other weekends may find me baking muffins or cookies . . . scrummy tray bakes, or puddings . . . something delectable.

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I love cake though and that is my favourite thing of all to bake.  I usually keep half of it for ourselves and then I have another half that I gift out to someone else . . . perhaps a neighbor, or an elderly friend.  Sometimes the missionaries.   Nobody has turned my offering down yet!

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I found this recipe in a book for a chocolate marble cake with a crumble topping and it looked quite tasty to me.   (Rachel Allen's Cake Book)  Todd doesn't really like chocolate however and so I had pretty much scratched it off my to do list . . . although I do confess I did look longingly at the photo in the book from time to time.  (Doesn't everyone do that????)

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Anyways, I got to thinking about how much Todd loves spice cakes . . . and then I thought surely I could adapt the recipe in some way and create a marbled spice cake . . . and that's just what I did.  I adapted and changed the ingredients somewhat, keeping the core ingredients the same . . . but at the same time different.

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I deleted the cocoa powder completely, except for a touch in the spice batter for colour.   I then had to up the flour amount to make up for it's lack.   I kept half the batter plain, but to the other half I added a tiny bit of cocoa powder, some molasses and a whole lotta lotta spice!

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Cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground cloves, ground allspice and ginger . . . a dusting of grated nutmeg.  I also added some mixed spice to the crumble topping and switched the chocolate chips out for white chocolate chips.

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Oh boy, did this ever smell good when it was baking.  Spicy and warm . . . moreishly inviting.  Just like a home should smell.   We enjoyed nice big slices of it with cups of warm cocoa . . . and took several slabs of it over to our friend Doreen for her to enjoy this evening with a nice hot cuppa. 

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It is a nice comfortable cake.  A sturdy cake.  Buttery and moist . . . and most at home with a hot drink or a cold glass of milk.   I love these kinds of cakes best of all.  Enjoy.

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*Marbled Spice Crumble Cake*
Serves 6 to 8
Makes one 9 inch cake

Delcious vanilla cake, marbled through with a lovely spiced batter and topped with a spicy white chocolate crumble.  What's not to like?  

For the crumble topping:
125g plain flour (scant cup)
75g caster sugar (6 1/2 TBS)
75g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes (5 1/4 TBS)
75g white chocolate chips (3 ounces)
1 tsp mixed spice  


For the Cake:
225g of butter, softened (1 cup)
225g caster sugar (1 cup plus 3 TBS)
4 large free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla paste
250g of plain flour (2 1/3 cup)
2 tsp baking powder
50ml of milk (1/4 cup)  

For the spice batter:
1 tsp sifted cocoa powder
1 TBS molasses
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp each ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground all spice and ground ginger  

First make the crumble topping.  Whisk the flour sugar and spices together in a bowl.  Drop in the butter.  Rub it into a crumble resembling coarse bread crumbs using your finger tips.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Set aside.  

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter a nine inch spring form cake tin well, on the bottom and up the sides.  Set aside.  

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs together and then beat in a bit at a time until thoroughly amalgamated.   Beat in the vanilla paste.  Sift together the flour and baking powder.  Fold this mixture into the cake batter.   Stir in the milk.  Divide the batter in half.   To one half add all of the spice batter ingredients.    Place the two different cake batters into the prepared baking tin, alternating spoonfuls of the  vanilla and spice batters.   Using a skewer gently draw swirls through the batter to marbelize it, taking care not to over do it.  Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over top.


Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes.   Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then loosen around the edges using a small sharp knife.  Release and remove the sides of the tin.  Place the cake on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.  Carefully loosen the bottom using a fish slice or palate knife and slice the cake onto a plate to serve.

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I thought you would enjoy seeing a photo of my little baking companion today.   Mitzie is never very far away when I am working in the kitchen, or taking my food photos.  Always hoping for a crumb to fall I guess.  I would surely miss her were she not there!


8 comments:

  1. Awwww, Mitzie girl!! She's such a doll!! This cake looks scrumptious. I want a slice. I wish I could come share a slice over a hot cup of something in your chilly English fall afternoon... Sigh. Such dreams! Soon, soon! *hug* Hope your appointments went well!!

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  2. Marie, how can you resist those big, brown spaniel eyes? She'd be SO overweight if she lived with me as I'm afraid I'm a big softie when it comes to dogs and their forlorn looks. Every dog in town knows I'm a soft touch and they all rush to me for treats!

    The cake sounds lovely. I have everything except the white chocolate here, but I'll be popping out later for the candle ceremony, so I might maske a small detour to the supermarket for that and whip it up tomorrow for my man, who is very partial to cake as well (although he's a huge chocolate lover and would have loved the original recipe. I'm the one who turns their nose up at chocolate...)

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  3. This sounds like it would be a hit at our house!

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  4. I can't wait to try this - but I think I will try using cinnamon chips instead of chocolate. Your dog is a beauty!

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  5. Mitzie's too cute.

    The choco chips in the crumble topping were a surprise!

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  6. April, you are always welcome!

    Marie, I hope you like the cake. Mitzie is overweight, but I try hard not to overindulge her. This year at her checkup she had actually lost weight from the year before so that was good! It is very hard to resist those big brown eyes!

    Cinnamon chips sound fabulous cl!

    Colette I hope you make it! It's a winner! xxoo

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  7. Tracey, I hope you will try it. I think you'd all love it!

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  8. Your baking companion is the cutest thing. Love her.

    The cake looks very tasty.

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