Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Marble Loaf Cake with Nutella

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Recently I had the pleasure of making a new friend on Bakespace. Her name is Dajana and she lives in Italy. She posted a picture of a beautiful marble cake that she made and she swapped out the cocoa powder and used Nutella in it's place. Just seeing her photo and the word Nutella together convinced me that this non baker (that would be me) needs to bake this cake. I definitely panicked a bit because I had to convert the metric measurements to American Standard. I had some help from this lovely lady and some of my other wonderful Bakespace friends, like Shane of Culinary Alchemy. So, equipped with my conversions, Nutella and a couple of glasses of wine, I was ready to go. I'm going to blame it on the wine because I did not read the directions clearly and didn't whip the egg whites just sort of scrambled them. The result was a cake that sunk in the middle. It still tasted great but it was not perfect. Two days later, sans alcohol, I made this cake again. Well, this time it worked! Hooray! I am so proud of myself when I have baking success because, well, it's rare, but I don't mind!

Here's the recipe the way it was given to me originally and next to it I are the American Standard Conversions.

Ingredients:

250 g flour (2 cups)
150-200 g butter (14 Tbsp)
200 g sugar (1 cup minus 1 1/2 TBSP)
4 eggs, whites separated from the yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder / or Nutella

Directions:

1. Whisk the egg whites with a little salt until firm, and set aside.

2. Beat the yolks with sugar, add butter, vanilla and mix well.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with baking powder.

4. Add flour and egg whites to to the batter (alternating - a couple of spoons of flour, then a couple of spoons of egg whites). Mix everything well, and then divide the batter in two. Leave one half yellow, and add cocoa powder or Nutella to the other half.

5. In a bread pan, (greased and floured) alternate yellow and brown mixture. Bake for 40-50 mins at 180°C (350 F), or until a toothpick comes out clean.

16 comments:

Dawn said...

I adorare (adore) nutella. Never once thought of putting it in a pound cake--genius. Put in cookies or cupcakes, but never thought of poundcake. Bookmarked for sure.

Spryte said...

Yum!!

That looks great!!

Melissa said...

I crave nutella! This looks super yummy!

Daziano said...

YUM! Everything with nutella must be good!!!

Sophie said...

Yay! Good for you for making this awesome cake, doesn't look sunken in :D.

C.G. the Foodie said...

Nutella cake. Can life get any better? Thanks for posting this recipe... I am going to make it for my mom's birthday next week!

Theresa said...

Nutella makes me weak in the knees and to have in a cake, Ahhhhhhhh. This is on my list to do. Didn't I tell you I had faith in you!!!

Katie said...

So pretty!!

Stacey Snacks said...

I never follow the recipe in baking or cooking either! wine or not!
I have just come to the realization that I enjoy baking and I am not bad at it!
I will take a slice of Nutella cake, please!

Lucy said...

Nutella, enough said!! WONDERFUL!!

Michele said...

Thanks for all the great comments everyone!

Sophie - The picture is of the second cake. The first attempt was the one that sunk in the middle. lol

CookingCourtney said...

that looks so good.
i love nutella
lvoe your blog!

Bob said...

Oh man, that looks amazing. I love marble loaf! It was my favorite thing when I worked at Starbucks. Nutella in it can only make it better.

Culinary Alchemist said...

YAY!!!! I am so glad it worked out... And it looks delicious!!!! I have to try this one ASAP.

TheFancyLadyGourmet said...

Nutella love this stuff i make a signature cupcake with it.
It reminds me of being Italian and growing up in NJ im sure you can relate every kid in school had a nutella sandwich at lunch time

Sara said...

I love Nutella! So, to find a use for it in a cake is great. I'm going to try this this weekend.