Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TWD: Mocha Marbled Loaf Cake


I have to think that in the 3+ years I've been writing here, I've mentioned how much I dislike peppermint in baked goods. Or really, anything minty other than toothpaste and gum and mouthwash. And god help us if those aren't minty - that'd just be gross. But grosser? Mint. In baked goods. Seriously, mint is a cool flavor, while baked goods are warm and comforting and should not be minty. Which is really all just a lead-up to the fact that this is not the first time I've made this marbled loaf cake. I made it probably 3 or so years ago, at J's behest. J likes mint. In everything. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, minty cake, minty cookies, minty fudge, yada yada yada. My opinion? Blech. But when I get a baking request, I just have to roll with it, right? Let's just say though that the entire cake went back with J to Madison so that it could stop offending my sensibilities.

 
Which just meant that when this cake was chosen, I immediately knew that I needed to do a different variation. And one that I would love. Coffee. Coffeecoffeecoffee. And chocolate, of course, because chocolate makes everything better. Chocolate + coffee + vanilla + cake = love, right? And it's even better when it's in a cutely shaped vintage loaf pan courtesy of Nancy. It was also incredibly fun to pre-slice everything and see how the marbling had turned out. I went with the default marbling method of plopping little blobs of batter alternately around the pan. A couple squiggles, and done! Off the loaf went into J's work, where he looked like a rockstar for bringing cake in on the day of someone's retirement party. Something tells me he didn't let them know it was a combination of purest chance, TWD, and me.....

 
Last Week: Cornmeal Shortbread
Next Week: Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

12 comments:

Comfy Cook said...

I agree with you about mint in baked good except for mint chocolate brownies. They are good.

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite.

Your cake looks amazing and coffee and chocolate sounds like a winning combo.

Pamela said...

Wow! What a beautiful loaf. I've seen quite a few of those long, slender marbled cakes this so morning. So pretty!

Jessica said...

Wow - excellent swirling!

Nicole said...

Wow, your slices all look so different! I did the mint version and it was different. Coffee would be great!

TeaLady said...

I love the fact that all the slices have a different design. AND you didn't make a mini version. Amazing!!

Bridget said...

I gotta believe you haven't read my entry on this cake yet because I can't imagine that you'd be able to resist commenting, since I talk about 1) running and 2) my coffee and chocolate marbled loaf cake. Ha! Although I went a different direction and did a coffee portion and a chocolate portion - no vanilla portion.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I love mint and luckily I shared the cake so I hadn't too much around ! I miraculously came out with animals with my swirls !

The Bake More said...

Love how the marbling in each slice looks so different. Are you sure they all came from one cake : ) Thanks for baking with me this week. --- Carol

Jules Someone said...

Nice swirling! I went with the cardamom coffee combo. Winner!

cooking contests said...

I have to say that the mint in these makes them look amazing! Such great patterns, and i bet they tasted fantastic! Could you share the recipe with us?
~Nancy Lewis~

Mary said...

I used my Nancy Pan too...isn't it the best?!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I don't like mint in baked goods either. Coffee on the other hand, is awesome!! Gorgeous marbling :)