Isn’t this the coolest swirl cake ever? Haha. I was so amazed when I saw the picture of it in Yochana’s blog that I just had to try it out. I didn’t use the exact swirl technique that she described, but I’m still happy with how it turned out. Me and my cousin brother were experimenting with the batter and ended up randomly alternating dollops of green mint and chocolate batter. It looked awesomely 70’s groovy when we cut into the baked cake. I think Austin Powers would have loved this one. This is a chocolate and mint version but I think you could flavor the basic white batter anyway you want and create all kinds of different marble cakes. Kewl. This recipe also introduces a new way to bake cakes, where you cream the butter and flour together and then the eggs and sugar. And it actually results in a very smooth batter which bakes into quite a moist cake. The sugar and flour proportions are just right too… not too sweet… The chocolate ganache I topped it with gave it the chocolately richness that wasn’t so much there with the cake, cos it only had cocoa powder and not the real stuff. The only setback I had was that the cake peaked quite a bit while baking, so after it had cooled, I used a serrated knife to level the dome then turned the cake upside down onto the board before topping it with ganache.
By the way, I used the tinned Nestle cream for my ganache (equal portions cream and melted chocolate) and I had absolutely NO problems with the ganache being too thin or watery. It thickened perfectly, so much so that I could pipe it out and never even had to refridgerate the cake…which was great cos the cake remains soft and moist at room temperature. I always encounter problems with melting chocolate together with regualr dairy cream cos it always refuses to set. I think it’s got something to do with the fact that the Nestle cream is pasturized and can be stored at room temperature which causes the ganache to remain thick even when it’s not chilled. Whatever the reason, I’m happy I can finally make rich ganache toppings. yay!
Swirl baby swirl!