Thursday, 26 April 2012

Marbled Chocolate Crumble Cake



This month Dom from Belleau Kitchen is celebrating 2 years as a blogger and has great plans for world domination :) To celebrate, the random recipe challenge is to bake something which of course I won't say no to being the self confessed baking addict that I am! So I put all my baking books in a pile as instructed and counted them. I then used a random number generator and came up with 12 which was.....



I've only baked a few recipes from this book since I bought it so I was really pleased for a chance to bake something else. I opened it up to a random page which was 146... marbled chocolate crumble cake. Hurrah! In the past (most notably macarons) I have picked fairly challenging recipes for random recipes so I was grinning like a cheshire cat when I saw this. A simple recipe which looked great! Coincidentally, I had a last minute invitation to dinner so I brought this cake as dessert. The verdict - delicious! It's a vanilla and chocolate sponge with a twist. I really liked the hidden chunks of chocolate and the crumble topping. It would be great served with cream or ice cream but just as good on its own. 


 Make crumble topping - butter, sugar, flour, cocoa powder 

 add the batter in blobs..

 .. swirl it gently to create a marble effect 

 How pretty is that? I was worried my pan was too large but the cake expanded nicely. 

 Add the crumble topping at the end and bake for a further 10 minutes 

 can you see that little bit of melted chocolate? 

 yum! 


Recipe can be found in Dan's book Short and Sweet page 146-148.

PS apologies for the photos in this post - will fix it for next time!

44 comments:

  1. I love marbled cakes, and keep meaning to do one of his baking challenges. Maybe next time, this looks delish!

    Nom! x

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    1. Thanks I was really pleased with the cake! x

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  2. I do love a marble cake and know this one is a good one! I love the picture of it raw with the chocolate blobs!! I think I need to try a couple if tray bake type cakes soon too. They always look so 'vintage'. Thanks so much for taking part and celebrating my 2nd blogaversary with me. X

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    1. Congratulations again on your blogaversary. I'm so pleased I didn't pick macarons this time ;P This cake is a definitely bake again and again cake :)

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  3. This looks great and I love your idea of the random page choice! Really must buy the book as I always look out for Dan Lepard's recipes in the Guardian magazine. Great pictures too - I shall refer to them when I've got my own copy of the book!

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    1. Thanks! Everything I've made so far from Dan's book has turned out well. Its a hefty book and I would prefer more pictures but it's worth it if you like baking :)

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  4. I've made marbled chocolate cakes before, but I've never heard of one with a crumble topping. The chocolate chunks are a fab idea too... sounds delicious!

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    1. I really liked the crumble topping and chocolate chunks! Will have to adapt that to other recipes :)

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  5. Marbled cake is always so much better than just one flavor of cake - and I've heard good things about Dan Lepard's cookbooks, although I don't currently own one. I love the crumble topping - just pushes the whole decadence factor!

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    1. Marbled cakes are great when you can't decide on 1 flavour! I really like Dan's book - everything I've made from it so far has turned out beautifully. The crumble topping is genius :)

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  6. Oh that looks so good. Must try a marbled cake sometime, yum!

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    1. They are quick and easy to make and look amazing!

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  7. Oh yum! I'll take this cake - crumb toppings and all!

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  8. this cake looks crumbly/moist/thick/filling all at once!

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    1. It was! Lovely light moist sponge with chunks of chocolate and a crumbly top :)

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  9. I love the marble cake and the crumb topping makes it extra special.

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  10. Adding a crumb topping is such a nice twist to the regular marble cake . Your cake looks SO tempting.

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    1. Yes so glad I bought this book! Its a really lovely cake :)

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  11. The marbling effect is beautiful! :o Gorgeous cake (and I do love crumbs :P).

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  12. Great idea with the crumb topping & looks tasty too! :)

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  13. Love the streusel topping! These look decadent!

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    1. Thanks it really made the cake special :)

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  14. Hello! I have a couple of awards for you, which involve passing on 5 random facts about yourself :-) You can see what it is here: http://www.carolinemakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/versatile-blogger-and-sunshine-award.html

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    1. Thanks Caroline! Sorry I haven't even blogged about the previous one but I really do appreciate it :)

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  15. Hmm who doesn't love a marble cake, yum! This is a really clever challenge...my recipe books certainly don't see too much action now that my to bake list bookmarks folder has over 400 items on it!! I might just join in next time!

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    1. Its a great challenge to join as it helps you make use of your books - so many of mine have been neglected as I always seem to find exciting recipes online!

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  16. Oh my goodness Ros, that looks amazing! I have to make this cake. I really need this book. May have to ask hubby to stop at Tesco on way home and way it :)

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    1. Thanks! Would highly recommend the book too :)

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  17. A crumb cake with chocolate in it? Definitely going on my to do list!

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  18. Looks fabulous! Been on my 'to bake' list for a while too...

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    1. Thanks, move it up the list, its worth it :)

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  19. Love the marbling in the pre and post bake photos - really effective!

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    1. Thanks! I'm not very good at it but it turned out nicely :)

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  20. This looks truly wonderful. I love Random Recipes, it's great to see what everyone comes up with. GG

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    1. Thanks! Love RR too - great recipes and a chance to use my books!

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  21. Oh, I've ahd my sites on this one. It looks gorgeous and I bet you were a popular dinner guest.

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    1. It's a really good cake - do try it! I think I'll be invited round again :)

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