Super decadent chocolate fudge frosting with tender crumb vanilla and chocolate marble cake is a perfect pairing. Absolutely delicious!!!
We are 3 months into 2016, and I just noticed I haven’t made a layered cake all year. That needed to be rectified asap. So I decided to make a layered version of my Vanilla & Nutella Marble Cake, well minus the nutella. Three layers of buttery vanilla and chocolate marble cake to be exact. And it starts off with my favourite vanilla cake batter. Like always I begin my cakes with room temperature butter, which I beat for at least 5 minutes with sugar. You want to get the butter and sugar all light and fluffy. Beat beat beat to incorporate air into the batter.
We have a whopping six eggs going into the cake batter. The eggs gives this cake it’s rise, moistness and flavor. Mix in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.
Once the batter is ready, tip half the cake batter into another bowl and fold in some extra dark pure cocoa powder. If you can get your hands on Barry Extra Brute cocoa powder I would recommend using that. It is my go to when making any baked good that require cocoa powder. It’s intense flavour is unmissable.
Place vanilla and chocolate mixtures into a prepared tins alternatively, then swirl together using a knife to create the pretty marble effect( be careful not to over mix, you don’t want to loose the marble effect). Baked in a pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Once the cake has cooled it is ready to be filled and frosted. I found a chocolate fudge recipe on Sweetapolita I have been waiting to try. Not only is the chocolate fudge frosting rich, creamy, lush, and pairs with the marble cake like a dream. Plus it is easy to make. And you know how I love easy recipes. My daughter Esme used the frosting as dip for her bread sticks. That is how good this frosting is. The only variation made to the original recipe was to adjust the icing sugar content. I added a bit more, cos I am a bit of a sweet tooth :-). For the frosting we will be using some good quality melted dark chocolate, butter, icing sugar, dark cocoa powder and sour cream. Milk chocolate can be substituted for dark chocolate if you aren’t a fan.
When you cut into the frosted cake, you are presented with beautifully swirled vanilla and chocolate cake filled with rich chocolate frosting.
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Chocolate Fudge Frosted Marble Cake
- 360 grams (1½ cups) unsalted butter, room temp
- 360 grams (1¾ cups) caster or granulated sugar
- 6 eggs, room temp
- 375 grams (3 cups plus 2 tablespoons) plain flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 180 ml (¾ cup) whole milk, room temp
- 60 grams (½ cup) cocoa powder
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
- 500 grams (2 cups) unsalted butter, softened
- 200 grams (2 cups) icing sugar, sifted
- 90 grams (¾ cup) dark cocoa powder
- 120 ml (½ cup) hot water
- 120 ml (½ cup) sour cream
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch pf salt
- 290 grams (10 ounces) dark chocolate, melted
- sprinkles or confetti
- Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Grease and line the base and sides of three 8 – inch round cake tin with greaseproof paper.
- In bowl of mixer beat butter until smooth, then gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in gently to mix, then add the milk and mix gently to combine.
- Remove half the batter and place in a different bowl and into this bowl, fold in the cocoa powder.
- Take two spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla batter into prepared cake tins alternatively. Once all the mixture has been used up, tap the bottom of the tins on your work surface to ensure there aren't any air bubbles.
- Take a skewer or a knife and swirl it through the batter to create a marbled effect. Don't over mix.
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool completely on wire rack.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
- In a bowl of stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- With the speed on low, add sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder, hot water, sour cream, vanilla and salt and beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 more minutes.
- Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
To assemble cake
- Using a serrated knife level each cake by cutting the top.
- Spread a thin layer of icing on your cake board .Place one layer of cake, flat side down on top and plop a big dollop of icing in the middle. Spread the icing carefully. Once it is nice and flat, stack the second cake, flat side down and spread another generous amount of frosting then place final cake, flat side down.
- Spread a thin layer of frosting on the sides and then top of cake. It helps to use a turntable when frosting a cake. Hold a scraper flat against the side of the cake and then turn the turntable and scraper to make a nice, smooth coat of icing. Smooth the top of cake with scraper, drawing the peaks o the top edges of cake into the centre.
- Chill crumb coated cake in fridge for 30 minutes until buttercream is nice and firm.
- Once cake is chilled, cover evenly with buttercream using an off set spatula and then use a scraper to smooth the edges. Pipe decorative shell borders using a 1M nozzle and sprinkle with confetti if desired.