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Marble Cake 1

Vanilla Marble Cake With Salted Chocolate Ganache

Yield 8-10 servings

When making this in a bundt, the batter is going to rise above the tube of the bundt so don’t be alarmed, but the cake does tend to shrink as it cools, so you’ll still have a perfect looking (and tasting) cake at the end of the day.

Ingredients

Dark chocolate 85g

Egg yolks 6

Greek yoghurt 242g (or a mixture of cream and homestyle curd)

Vanilla Bean paste 1 tsp (I used Urban Platter’s Vanilla Bean Paste)

Cake flour 300g (made by measuring out 2 cups All-purpose flour and replacing 4 tablespoons of the flour with cornflour- 2 tbsp per cup, then sifting and using as required

Caster sugar 300g

Baking powder 1 tsp

Baking soda 3/4 tsp

Salt a pinch

Salted Butter 255g, at just below room temperature, (cool to the touch and soft)

For The Salted Chocolate Ganache

Dark chocolate 113g, chopped

Cream 77g

Sea salt flakes for finishing the ganache

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Butter and flour a bundt pan very well. Heat the chocolate for the cake in a Bain Marie or in a microwave-safe bowl, microwaving at 10-second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate has melted. Set this aside.

Whisk together 1/4 cup of the Greek yoghurt, the yolks and the Urban Platter vanilla bean paste in another bowl.

Next up, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl using a hand mixer on the lowest speed- the cake flour, baking powder, soda, sugar and salt- mix for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the remaining Greek yoghurt and again run the hand mixer for another few seconds or until everything looks shaggy and moist from the butter and yoghurt. Increase the speed of the hand blender and beat the mixture for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides after the first minute. Slowly, add the egg mixture in three parts, blending for 20 seconds each time you add a bit of the egg mixture.

Remove a third of the batter and combine it with the melted chocolate. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out balls of the plain vanilla cake mixture and cover the base of the bundt pan. Scoop layers of the dark chocolate mixture on top of the white cake layer, and finish with any dollops of remaining white batter. Using the back of a teaspoon, swirl the batters in a wavy fashion, going up and down as you move around the tin. Transfer to the oven and let the cake bake for 50 minutes to an hour, checking in halfway to see if the top is colouring too quickly. If it is, you want to cover the top with aluminium foil.

Remember that during baking, the batter will rise above the centre tube and there’s no need to be alarmed as the cake will shrink as it cools. Once the cake passes the skewer test (a skewer inserted sideways in this case) let the cake cool inside the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out and letting it cool completely.

Once the cake has cooled completely, for the ganache, heat the cream very lightly, just to get it hot but not boiling and pour over the chopped chocolate. Keep covered for 5 minutes, then stir together with a spatula. Grind over quite a bit of sea salt flakes over the ganache and pour this over the cooled cake, adding more grindings of salt on top if necessary. Use a skewer to run a line through the centre of the ganache and serve.

Recipe by Belly Over Mind at http://bellyovermind.com/2018/05/14/vanilla-marble-cake-with-salted-chocolate-ganache/