It has been a tough week. I feel a little under the weather and bothered by a problem. It has been a few days since I started feeling unmotivated. Today, I said to myself is time to get past moody feelings and start getting things done. I haven’t been baking much. Since baking is therapeutic for me, I decided to make something and start feeling productive again.
I didn’t take long to decide to make a marble cake because the whole family loves it. But I didn’t have butter. I did have a new jar of coconut oil so I went ahead to make marble cake with coconut oil. I second guessed the cake would turn out well since my muffins made with coconut oil always turn out alright. I prepped everything and sent the loaf cake to bake in the oven. As I went around doing my chores, the aroma from the kitchen wafted and make me sense that I would have a nice dessert that afternoon.
When the cake finished baking in about 35 minutes, I let it cool completely before cutting it. I was so happy the cake turned out very moist and delicious. The only disappointment was the marbling of the cake. It wasn’t prominent at all. I used brown sugar in the main batter which made the cake turn out darker. I should have used white sugar. But since the cake tasted great, I thought I would share the recipe.
Coconut Oil Marble Cake
Ingredients (one loaf cake):
- 100g all-purpose flour
- 100g granulated sugar
- 100ml coconut oil
- 100ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pre-heat oven to 175°C.
- Line loaf tin with parchment paper or lightly grease the tin.
- Sift all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- Using a hand whisk, beat sugar and coconut oil till all the sugar is dissolved.
- Add eggs and whisk to combine.
- Add vanilla and milk and whisk to combine.
- Add flour mixture and fold till everything is well combined and there are no traces of flour.
- Pour half of the batter into another clean and dry mixing bowl. Set aside the other half. You would have two bowls of batter.
- Sift cocoa powder over one of the bowls and fold to incorporate everything. Make sure there are no traces or lumps of cocoa.
- Pour the batter into the loaf tin by alternating between the two bowls of batter. Repeat till all batter is used.
- Use a knife or skewer to make swirls through the batter for a marble effect.
- Bake in preheated oven for around 35 – 40 minutes. Check doneness by using a skewer to insert into the centre of the cake. If the skewer comes out clean the cake is done.
- Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and slice when fully cooled.