Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Marble Molasses Pound Cake and a Little Nap Time ....

This fondant cake design comes from my limited collection of children's fondant books, one of which is by Debbie Brown's "50 Easy Party Cakes". I have not done fondant cakes for a long while now and decided that I had better get at it before I loose my touch. It also gave me a chance to use my bowl shape cake pan which I had bought more than a year ago. I guess I'm the type who buys things and uses only half of them.

I wasn't sure what type of cake to make as its base but something simple would do most nicely. I had struggled between a chocolate cake or a marble cake and finally decided on trying out a new recipe which was a molasses marble cake. It's pretty close to a marble cake except it uses molasses and has the hint of spices, like a Christmas fruit cake. I must say that it is a really, really delicious cake and moist as well, especially since it's a pound cake. Definitely a recipe to used again in the future! As I could not cut the cake to show a cross section of it, I decided to take a picture of it directly from "Southern Cakes" book.

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Marble Molasses Pound Cake
Recipe Adapted from "Southern Cakes"

Ingredients:

2 cups shifted plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
113g unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar (reduced from original recipe)
2 eggs
2/3 low fat milk (you can use regular milk)
3 Tbsp molasses or pure cane syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 9" by 5" loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. The lightly flour the pan, shaking off the excess.

2) Combine flour, baking powder and salt into a flour. Use a whisk or fork to mix well.

3) in a large bowl, beat butter on high until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat for a minute. Then add both eggs into the mixture and continue beating for another 1 or 2 minutes. In-between scrap down the bowl.

4) Add about a 1/3 of flour mixture and beat on low. Stop mixer and add in half the milk and beat to mix. Alternate with the rest of the flour and milk.

5) Scoop out 1/3 of the cake batter into a clean bowl and add in the molasses and spices. Stir to mix well.

6) Spoon each batter into the pan, alternating between the plain and spiced batters. Run a table knife through the batter in a figure eight pattern to swirl the batters together.

7) Bake for about an hour, until the cake is golden brown and springs back when touched lightly in the center, and until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes in its pan before unmoulding. To loosen cake from pan, run a table knife along the sides. Cool completely, top side up before serving.

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15 comments:

Jean said...

wow jo! you're really talented! the fondant looks perfectly done! it's really gorgeous and the colors are beautiful

crustabakes said...

What a great fondant work you got there!! And that molasses and spice combination sound like a winner!

Cooking Gallery said...

What a cute cake, Jo...Love the figurines:)!

edith said...

this is so cute Jo.

CaThY said...

I love your fondant figurines! Too cute! ;)

busygran said...

Pretty cute! You know what? Looks like it's ideal for Wendy when the 'stork' brings a little one to her! Heehee!

Juliana said...

The marble cake looks delicious...and the fondant is SO SO cute ;-)

Joyce @ Chunky Cooky said...

The fondant is beautiful ! I think you can display it as a masterpiece ! The cake looks great too !

Passionate About Baking said...

I love the sweet colours of your fondant, and the lovely-dovey bears. So sweet. The pound cake looks really inviting to be tried out!

Aimei said...

It looks a really sweet cake ! :)

pigpigscorner said...

awww so cute!

Anh said...

omo this cake is super cute!

hanushi said...

The fondant figures are so cute!! :)

The cake is so nicely done too! :)

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the cake is so beautiful, love your fondant figurines.

Yummy Koh said...

Jo, your fondant work is amazing. Nice colors too.

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