Monday, January 21, 2013

Marbled sour cream pound cake with white chocolate icing

Marbled sour cream pound cake with white chocolate icing / Bolo mármore de sour cream com cobertura de chocolate branco

A while ago I nominated Flo Braker and Lisa Yockelson the Queens of Pound Cakes but now I have to add another name to that fabulous list: Alisa Huntsman, who to me was already the Queen of Layer Cakes, kicks ass in other fields, too, and her pound cakes have become favorites of mine, not only because they are insanely tender and delicious but also because her pound cake recipes from this wonderful book make more than one cake, and to me that is always a bonus. :)

I’ve had my share of marbled cakes and always felt that the chocolate part was usually a bit on the dry side, but not here: this cake is sheer perfection and to be honest with you the icing is not even necessary.

Marbled sour cream pound cake with white chocolate icing
cake from the absolutely delicious Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe and icing from the equally wonderful Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook

1 ¾ sticks (200g) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¾ cups (350g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
2 ¼ cups (315g) unbleached all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2/3 cup sour cream*
85g (3oz) dark chocolate, melted and slightly cooled

¾ cup (105g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons whole milk, room temperature
65g (2¼ oz) best-quality white chocolate, melted and cooled

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter two 20x10x5cm (8x4x2in) loaf pans, line with baking paper and butter the paper as well.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the whole eggs and egg yolks in 2 or 3 additions, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat to incorporate. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into the batter, add the sour cream and fold with a rubber spatula until batter is evenly blended.
Measure out 2 cups of the batter into another bowl. Add the chocolate and mix to combine. Spoon both vanilla and chocolate batters into prepared pans in layers, alternating spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate. To create marbling, run a table knife (or wooden skewer) through the batters in a swirling motion.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool in the pans over a wire rack for 5 minutes, then very carefully unmold, remove the paper and let cool completely on the rack.

Icing: in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and milk. The mixture should have the consistency of thin sour cream. Add the melted chocolate and whisk until glaze is smooth. If it is too thin, add more sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; if too thick, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Immediately pour over the cake.

* homemade sour cream: to make 1 cup of sour cream, mix 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream with 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk until it starts to thicken. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 1 hour or until thicker (I usually leave mine on the counter overnight – except on very warm nights – and it turns out thick and silky in the following morning; refrigerate for a creamier texture)

Makes 2 cakes, each serving 6


Skye said...

I just want to say that you blog is the .I love your love of food and how you add in the right word.

All your recipes are fabulous.I have made many of your lemon creations,they came our very well, because you instruct us to be the best we can be.

A BiG fan in Canada,

Martha said...

Another fabulous recipe Patrica! I looks delicious.

Sara said...

Lovely! This cake is so pretty. :) My uncle's fav cake is marble cake...will need to try this next time I visit him!

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

So, so lovely, Patricia!

lisa is cooking said...

I love the look of a marbled cake! This sounds delicious with the sour cream in the batter.

Anonymous said...

hi,,may i know using 315g-sugar is it very sweet,,cos we cant take too
sweet,,and how uch can we reduce ,,pls help,,singapore

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mari, you are far too kind! Thank you for such a lovely comment!
I'm sending you a big Brazilian hug, sweetie!

Sara, I am sure he'll love this one!

Lisa, the sour cream makes it really moist and tender.

Anonymous, it's not a lot of sugar if you consider you'll end up with 2 cakes.

Anonymous said...

It looks so so good!! I was looking for a new recipe for marbled caked and I think I should give this a try!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patricia, thank you for the recipe. I baked it yesterday in a bundt pan and this cake is moist and tender and a keeper. I reduced the sugar for the cake batter (2 tbsp). The icing was abit thin (runny) - I would reduce it to 1-1.5 tbsp next time. Overall, a really fantastic recipe! Thanks.

Austin R.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, Austin - I'm really glad to know the recipe worked out for you! Thank YOU for letting me know.

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