Marble Cake is very much part of the Goan culture. In-fact in the 80’s stores would mostly sell 4 types of cakes in Goa Pound, Plum, Marble and Rainbow cake. During Christmas we would get Walnut and Fruit Cake. The batter was a basic pound/sponge cake with different twist. In mid 90’s coffee and pastry shops were getting popular and these cakes started to lose their charm to newer pastries.
This cake does brings back fond memories. Tea time after siesta is very much the “Susegado(peaceful)” Goan lifestyle that is slowly dying. Family or friends usually drop by to visit between 10-12pm or 3-6pm and that is when either tea or soda will be served along with snacks.
Please note: If you are a professional baker than my measures may not seem right. I like my cakes to be less sweet and low-fat 🙂 . If you skip the cocoa powder than you can use the same batter to make the famous Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe. A very easy to make basic moist sponge cake.
Serving size: 6-8
1 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1 (1/4 lbs) stick of room temperature butter
1.5 tsp of baking powder
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
Heat the oven to 400F.
Grease and flour a bread loaf pan.
In a mixing bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, baking soda till all the mixture is smooth.
Next add the milk and mix well.
Add the sieved flour slowly and keep mixing with your hand mixer till smooth.
Divide the batter into 3 equal portions and add the cocoa powder to one portion.
Pour in the vanilla batter first then slowly add the chocolate and top it again with the vanilla batter. Use a knife and swirl it around through the batter.
Bake for 20-30 minutes. Till a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes take it out and then cool it on a cooling rack.
Enjoy the moist Marble Cake with a nice cup of afternoon tea like a true Goan.
If you have a similar recipe please share in the comments section. I would love to know all about it 🙂