Sunday, 3 April 2011

Chocolate and Marmalade Cream Cake

I've heard a lot about marmalade cakes, but for some reason or another the concept has not appealed and I have never, until now, used marmalade in my baking. However, when I saw a recipe for One-Mix Chocolate Sponge in my recently borrowed The Chocolate Cookbook by Christine France, something about the marmalade cream caught my fancy. I knew I wouldn't be able to do a one-mix method because unless we have a really hot spell, my butter is never soft enough.

This is what I did:
  • Creamed 6oz unsalted butter with 4oz caster sugar
  • Added 2 tbsp (2oz) golden syrup and creamed some more.
  • Beat in 3 duck eggs
  • Chopped a few of the thicker strands of marmalade from the two tbsp below and added these.
  • Sifted in 6oz flour (3oz wholemeal spelt, 2oz buckwheat, 1oz white), 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp rock salt and 2 tbsp cocoa.
  • Stirred in with a heaped tbsp of Greek yogurt.
  • Divided between two 22cm cake moulds (should have been 18cm, but I don't have any that size) and baked for 20 mins at 180C.
  • Left to cool
  • Whisked 150ml double cream until peaks formed.
  • Stirred in 2 tbsp of my mother's marmalade.
  • Used this to sandwich the two cakes together.
  • Sifted 1 tsp icing sugar over the top.
The cake was a little flat as the moulds were too large for the amount of mixture I had, but I'm pleased to report that this cake was very nice.  It had a lovely moist, smooth soft spongy texture and the marmalade cream was a revelation. The bitterness of the marmalade was a good contrast to the sweetness of the cake, which wasn't actually as sweet as I thought it would have been with all that golden syrup in it. I will, however, add more cocoa powder or even some chocolate next time I make this, as the chocolate flavour took a back seat to the marmalade. This may partially be due to the fact that I had run out of my usual Green & Blacks cocoa and had to do an emergency dash to our local shop which only supplies Bournville. This is much paler in colour and lacks the full bodied flavour of the Green & Black's.

I am now won over by marmalade and am looking forward to baking a full on chocolate marmalade cake.

35 comments:

  1. That's a nice looking cake - you can't go wrong with chocolate and orange! I soften butter in the microwave if I want to follow a one-mix cake recipe.

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  2. Itr looks lovely and mixing marmalade into the cream sounds like a great idea. Really tasty :)

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  3. There's something about that which really appeals to me... Definitely one to try! Might even hunt down some chocolate with citrussy notes to it and see what that does to the overall flavour.

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  4. That does look really delicious.
    I'm glad you tried it and liked it - love the idea of the creamy marmalade filling.

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  5. I'm a big fan of nigella's marmalade chocolate cake or any marmalade in baking - strangely enough I love it in baking but not by itself on toast - and I don't really like cream but the idea of cream with marmalade appeals (is that contrary of me?)

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  6. ahhh, marmalade cake... very good... you should try putting more of the marmalade into the batter mix too, bet it would taste incredible, for that choc/orange combo!... love the cream idea though, must try this as an icing!

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  7. Love the choc-marmalade combo and this looks fab. I think it's something about the contrast between the dark rich looking cake and the pale cream and icing topping.

    It's hard to believe there's so much difference between bournville cocoa and green and black's cocoa isn't it! There such a different colour it's almost like you're using a different product!

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  8. I'm always on the lookout for ways of using up my marmalade stash, I make loads each year, so will definately be giving this a go.Thanks.

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  9. This look fabolous Choclette!! Love it! gloria

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  10. How pretty! And with those flavors, it must be delicious.

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  11. I've never been a big fan of marmalade but this looks lovely, reckon even I would eat one (or 2!!) slices lol

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  12. I think Suelle's right, you can't go wrong with chocolate and orange, although I've never extended that thinking to marmalade and chocolate before - thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. wonderful post - just been given lots of duck eggs and we have a surplus of 'bad marmalade' - about 6 jars of last years batch that's not up to scratch - bit dark, sticky and over-set - have made some marmalade bread and butter pudding with it, but need a change and I've got a lot to get through - tomorrow's pud sorted!

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  14. Suelle - thanks. I made another marmalade cake today - Nigella's this time.

    Raffiella - it has an unusual but very nice taste.

    Jac - thanks, it worked so much better than I was expecting.

    Aforkful - yes indeed, I'm sure orange chocolate or even lime would work really well.

    Anna - I shall be using that filling again, it worked so well.

    Johanna - I wouldn't dream of making comments about your contrariness ;-) Now I like marmalade on toast, but didn't think I'd like it in cakes - hideous memories of some school marmalade sponge thing. But I made Nigella's marmalade cake today and that was really good too.

    Dom - I made a Nigella cake today which uses marmalade in the actual cake and I really enjoyed that too.

    C - Thanks for your nice comments. Having things look good is always so hit and miss with me, so I always appreciate such comments as yours. I was quite shocked at the difference between the two cocoas.

    Cottage Garden - I made another marmalade cake today using it in the cake as well as in the icing.

    Gloria - thank you

    Indie Tea - thank you. Flavours worked much better than I was expecting.

    Chele - It's taken me along time to come to terms with the idea of baking with marmalade, but now I've done it (Nigella's today) I've become a bit of a fan.

    Celia - marmalade and chocolate is quite different to orange and chocolate but I think works really well. Made a different marmalade and chocolate cake today.

    Grazing Kate - Nigella's marmalade cake would be a good one to use up that old batch. I made it today and have become a fan.

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  15. I love marmalade cakes, but I am not a big fan of chocolate and orange. I'm tempted by this though.

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  16. I have to agree, Green & Blacks if far superior :P But this looks very good anyway :)
    I really like chocolate and citrus combinations, and this is a good variation on that!

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  17. Like you, I never use the all in one method either.
    Your cake looks lovely and I can guess that the marmalade worked really well with both the choc and cream

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  18. ooh what a lovely idea, adding marmalade to the cream. I can't wait for you to go the whole hog and make a full on marmalade cake.

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  19. That is an interesting recipe, I change my homemade marmelade in January and it is not a winner with the household so this is going to be perfect for this coming Sunday with guests. Thank you

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  20. What a beautiful slice of cake...looks delicious!

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  21. FoodyCat - this doesn't bear much resemblance to chocolate and orange, it's something all together different.

    Pudding Pie - lime is pretty good too.

    CC - glad it's not just me.

    Kath, I've already done it, made one for my mother yesterday - cheekily, using her marmalade ;-)

    Solange - a good way to use up marmalade I should say. I've also made a cake with marmalade in the batter and in the icing - it's on my list of posts to go out.

    Sushma - thank you.

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  22. Marmalade and creme fraiche on an oatcake - bliss, so mixed in a chocolate cake - double bliss!

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  23. Choc orange is a fabulous flavour combination, and this looks really good. I am glad that you have discovered the joys of marmalade in your baking. I have had on my "to do" list for ages a Jane Asher marmalade cake.

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  24. Marmalade cream! It's not often I read about a food I haven't heard of before.
    I have loads of marmalade from January to use up - I may well give this a go.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Paddington's chocolate cake? ;-)
    This sounds gorgeous. We love chocolate-orange but this certainly seems so different.
    Also just to say how much I love your blog. A few awards been passed your way....
    Cheers!
    http://madaboutmacarons.com/archives/2338

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  26. I hadn't heard of adding marmalade to whipped cream as an icing, but it sounds marvelous. Such a beautiful slice you've produced :)

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  27. Liz - now there's something to try.

    Cakelaw - I'll have to look out for that one.

    Hannah - Isn't marmalade one of those things that keeps for years?

    Jill - thank you, very kind.

    Lizzy - thank you for your kind comment and for following. The cream seems to be one of those things that everyone likes the idea of but no-one had really thought about.

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  28. You know how I love my bitter desserts! I have never tried a marmalade cake before but this sounds very intriguing. Especially with it being a moist cake (they are always best!)
    Shame about the chocolate, I think the chocolate you use when baking really does make a difference!

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  29. Brill, I hope your mum liked it and you took a photo, although I know you will have done. x

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  30. Looks delicious! I've baked with marmalade a few times and they always turn out well. I love Green & Black cocoa powder too I don't buy anything else.

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  31. Hazel - I made another marmalade cake the following week (yet to post this one) and that was really good too. Today I made a very bitter cake, so right up your street ;-)

    Kath - of course, though I suspect not a particularly good photo. Will be posting it sometime soon.

    Jennifuria - thank you.

    Baking Addict - I think this is the first time I've used something else ;(

    pigpig - this obviously hit the spot ;-)

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  32. I like marmalade & think the bitterness would be a good contrast to the sweetness of the cake. Thanks for the recipe.

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