When I say marble, I always remember Marble Arch in central London. This is a symbolic sign of London, but not the only one. But I like the way it stands marking the end of Hyde Park and the beginning of Oxford street, in an open area and circled by roads and cars. I would love to see it again.
Talking about marble, what I am to put here now it is a recipe that it is well-known in Romania and it is somehow different from the way others do it. But, in my humble opinion ;), this recipe is better, even if it takes longer but the result is worth it. Trust me! I have eaten it in my godson’s house. His mother made it and I asked for the recipe. Since then, I haven’t tried out other marble cakes but this one is the best.
- 10 eggs, separated
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 10 tbsp oil
- 1 – 2 cups walnuts, chopped
- 2 – 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp sugared vanilla or vanillin sugar
- icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 170°C.
- Whisk the egg whites with sugar and vanilla sugar in a big bowl until stiff.
- Beat the yolks with the oil in a smaller bowl.
- Pour the yolks and fold gently with the whites until mixed.
- Sieve in the mixture a cup of flour and fold again until mixed.
- Divide the cake batter and put 1/3 of it in another bowl. Combine the cocoa with this 1/3 and fold carefully.
- Sieve the flour in the white batter and fold again until mixed then add the walnuts.
- Brush 2 loaves pan with melted butter to lightly grease or choose 2 foil bread loaves for a quicker baking. If you have a non-stick loaf pan, you don’t need to use butter at all, or do as I do: use non – stick baking paper to line the loaves and pour the mixture directly. Once it is cooked, you just take out of the loaves the marble cakes and discard the paper. Easy, peasy!
- Pour the white mixture and then the cocoa one. Use a spoon to gently swirl the batters together to create a marble effect. Tap the base of the pan on a flat surface to smooth the surface.
- Bake in preheated oven for 50- 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside in pan for 5 minutes. Brush the top with honey or sieve some icing sugar
- Turn onto a cake rack to cool completely and cut into slices. Serve.