Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TWD: Basic Marbled Loaf Cake



In this household we divide baked goods into three general categories: categories are breakfast, snacks, and desserts - with many subcategories and crossovers, of course. We are pretty benevolent went it comes to breakfast and typically can convince ourselves that most loaf cakes are breakfast fare. However, even Josh admitted that this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie selection, Basic Marbled Loaf Cake was a stretch - not that it’s stopping him. It looks unassuming, but the version I made, peppermint, contains half a pound of chocolate, which is kind of a lot for a breakfast food.



Dorie offers lots of fun flavor combinations for this cake and singles out the peppermint as her favorite. The peppermint version also contains white chocolate, which I enjoy baking with occasionally (and happen to have a stash of), so I figured it was the one to try. I made a tester ramekin, which was a good decision since the cake got huge in the pan, and it was excellent straight from the oven with ice cream.



Though we thought the cake was tasty, it was a skosh dry, so its Deliciousness rating is a 7. Many thanks to Carol of The Bake More for a great selection this week. You can find the recipe here on her site and visit the TWD site to see what other enticing flavor combinations the creative bakers came up with.



Dessert Watch 2011: A few weeks ago I mentioned that Josh had decided that there would be a dessert moratorium the two weeks before the wedding. Well, we’re 11(!) days away and the no-dessert rule has been revised, for a couple reasons. Instead of going cold-turkey on desserts, Josh has been bringing fewer snacks to work and having smaller portions for dessert. The rule is it has to fit in the dessert bowl, rather than the cereal bowls he typically uses. I took a photo of the bowls to show the difference in size.

11 comments:

Cakelaw said...

LOL - no dessert moratorium required! Your cake looks great. Hope the wedding plans are coming along well.

jillbert said...

Everything in moderation, right? You don't want to go into sugar shock when you have a piece of wedding cake!

Your loaf cake looks great!

JoAnn Freda said...

The photo comparing the size of the bowls also shows off your china nicely. With all the pre-wedding activity going on I'm amazed that you're still finding time to bake and blog! Impressive.

Tracey said...

Only 11 days?? You must be so excited! I keep meaning to email you about Maui - it was amazing, I hope you love it!

I made the peppermint version and fooled myself into thinking it was an acceptable breakfast. Just one day though :)

Nina said...

Whew--so glad to hear about the dessert moratorium! Yay! The loaf cake looks wonderful--too bad it was a touch dry. We are all thrilled for you coming in the home stretch with 11 days to go! Double yay! xo

spike. said...

I agree with the revisions. No dessert is too harsh. 11 days- so exciting!

The Bake More said...

I love finding patterns in everyone’s marbling. Yours reminds of a dog’s face. Scooby Doo to be precise. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, and thanks for baking with me this week. --- Carol

Kayte said...

This cake looks so decadent and beautiful!! Isn't it fun to see all the art work in the marbling this week? Love that. LOL on Josh's bowls. That is so cute...I have a little tiny bowl with a bird on it that I call my One Scoop Birdie Bowl and it holds a little, very little, scoop of ice cream...I love that bowl and method. When I want a smaller portion, I just get out the OSBB and it feels like I have a whole bowl of something, even if it is small. 11 days away...wow that time just flew by so quickly!

Jessica said...

The cake looks great - and even though it might contain a bit too much chocolate for breakfast, it's still great any other time of day. Best wishes for your wedding!

TeaLady said...

Mine was also a little dry. But tasted good.

Since ate this for breakast, it didn't count as dessert - Right??

Leslie said...

Wedding?!? What wedding?? I really must stop by more often. Congratulations to you and Josh. It's been so much fun to "watch" you two grow together. Yeah, yeah, your cake looks great but who cares...you're getting married!! xo