A meme followed by a marbled cake…

by Sunita on July 12, 2007

I’ve been tagged by fellow bloggers Roopa and Richa, which has led me to bring out quite a few skeletons out of the cupboard…so here goes…

  1. I am a very emotional person..usually ruled by the heart…but, then, at times the heart does dish out some practicality as well…so that’s okay , I guess…
  2. I am a choco cum ice-cream-oholic (if that makes any sense at all :) )…during our courting days, Dinesh once asked about what I loved to have most… I replied’ ice-cream and chocolates’ without batting an eyelid, and he, being a health fanatic, did the famous rolling of the eyes accompanied with a sigh… I am usually quite good with my eating habits, love working out…but put these two temptations in front of me and I’ll be easily lured…
  3. I was scared of maths till the tenth standard…in fact it was more dislike of the subject…I never completed the test question paper…did only those whose results were quite obvious…it was only when I was in the tenth standard that I realised I had to do something about it, for it would bring down my overall percentage in the high school leaving exams…for four months, I practised maths day and night and in the end, the labour paid off as I scored really well in the finals…this made me realise the importance of logic in problem solving…I don’t dread numbers any more.
  4. Before marriage, I was petrified of the dark and of being alone in the house…if, for some reason, I had to be in such a situation, I would sit in the front room, with a torch, matchbox, some candles, lock all the other rooms, turn on the telly really loud and switch on all the lights, even during the day !!! even the neighbours knew about this and would usually invite me over or call to on to see if everything was fine…but, when Dinesh came over to the UK ( me and the kids followed later), I stayed all alone with the kids in Gurgaon for quite a few months, but all those fears did not cross my mind even once…life’s hurdles really changes one’s perspective…
  5. When I was quite young, I always pestered my elder sister to do my drawings…didn’t think I could do it myself. One day, ma took me to an art school to see how I got along. The teacher, who was quite well known in our parts, just asked me to copy a drawing on the board which he had done earlier, probably to see how I fared, before putting in my own imagination. I still remember the picture of the dancers and how, to my surprise, I could do quite a good replica…that was the only day I went to that school. I did not, and do not know till now, what magic the teacher or the school weaved on me, but since that day, I’ve never been scared of drawing…I went on to take up oil painting and dabbled in a bit of sculpture as well…But having said that, I haven’t touched the paintbrush since the last 6 years..my only association with colours is through my kids, especially Rengoni, who seems to be really passionate about it…hmmm maybe I should take it up again now :)
  6. My elder brother and sister were older to me by quite a few years, so I was basically a loner during my childhood, usually had my head buried in books… During those days, I used to be quite at a loss regarding normal conversations, and heaven forbid, I would be mortified if I had to keep some guests company for some time. I just hated talking about trivialities, didn’t know how or where to start…I would just offer them some magazines and quietly sneak away. My school days basically comprised of books, school work, sports and other extracurricular activities…I’m much better on the conversational front now…
  7. Finally, the kitchen is one space where I usually do not tolerate any kind of interference...I would rather toil myself than let another pair of hands into it…

So…there…it’s out in the open now… I now tag Musical, Sra,Vini, Viji, Suganya and wokandspoon. If any of you have done this before, just ignore it, and if not, take it up only if you want to…no compulsions, no hard feelings :)

After spilling so many beans, let’s get down to some baking…it’s a marbled cake for today…something which I love to make, just because of the pattern and the two different textures that one can bite into…here’s how I did it…

What’s needed-

For the white layers-

2 eggs
1 C plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the brown layer-

1 egg
1/4 C plain flour
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C oil

How to-

Pre-heat the oven at 180 deg cel.

Grease a baking dish.
The white layers-

  1. In a bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder and fold in.
  3. Add the oil and vanilla and mix well .

The brown layer-

  1. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs and sugar.
  2. Add the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and fold in.
  3. Add the oil and mix well.

Pour half of the white batter into the greased pan, followed by the whole of the brown and topped with the rest of the white.

Take a tablespoon and with it’s back, gently push the mixture to and fro from top to bottom in waves, taking care not to apply too much of pressure.

Bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Last but not the least, slice it up and enjoy!!!

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sig July 12, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Ice cream and chocolates seperate or chocolate icecream? :) loved reading the meme Sunita… BTW I can’t see the pics… :(


2 sunita July 12, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Sig,I meant separately…nice to have you over…


3 Laavanya July 12, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Cake looks beautiful and tasty. Thanks for the recipe.


4 Sharmi July 12, 2007 at 10:10 pm

hey honey , lot of memes match, I hated maths too and landed up doing IT and accounts. the darkness part I have it in my MEME. and the last one I too dont like any one in my kitchen.
loved the look of your marble cake. long time since I have baked. have to try it out sometime.


5 Sharmi July 12, 2007 at 10:11 pm

btw I too have tagged Viji, Sra and wokandspoon hehehe


6 Mishmash ! July 12, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Sunita…you do sculptures toooo ? WOW! I loved that part…..and I always enjoyed your musings and ramblings too….your marble cakes so tempting that I am going to try it soon…i am doing too much of baking these days and the thought of all that fact sometimes make me feel guilty!!



7 Suganya July 12, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Oh sunita, That was so sweet of you to tag me :) Loved reading yr meme.


8 Cynthia July 13, 2007 at 1:13 am

You see why we should live next to each other, we can exchange details about ourselves and then you will go bake a wonderful treat, which we’ll have with a cup of tea.

Thanks for sharing a little bit of you with us.


9 Richa July 13, 2007 at 2:44 am

hey, some similar traits here, i too was scared of the dark, how we change over the years! i don’t like any icecream here except from one local dairyfarm, but love the naturals icecream back home.
marble cake looks yum, it is my most fav cake, hv bookmarked it :)


10 sunita July 13, 2007 at 5:50 am

Laavanya,thanks and welcome to my world…


11 sunita July 13, 2007 at 5:51 am

Sharmi, glad to know of similar traits in your nature…as for the tagging, oh dear!!


12 sunita July 13, 2007 at 5:54 am

Shn, I did dabble in sculpture a bit…haven’t done anything for quite some time…and don’t feel guilty of baking…I don’t, I love it anytime :)


13 sunita July 13, 2007 at 5:56 am

Suganya,no problem… would really love to know more about you :)


14 sunita July 13, 2007 at 5:58 am

Cynthia, I too would love to be next door to you…I’d undoubtedly share a slice of cake with you, but as for the cup of tea, I’m afraid, I can offer you one, but you see, I don’t have tea :)


15 sunita July 13, 2007 at 6:08 am

Richa, nice to share some traits with you as well :)

a for the cake, do try it…


16 WokandSpoon July 13, 2007 at 8:04 am

Hello! Thanks for the tag. The marble cake looks lovely. I’ve tried making this before but mixed it a bit too much and ended up with just a light brown chocolate cake ;-)


17 sra July 13, 2007 at 8:24 am

Hi Sunita, I hated maths too, till I discovered Physics and Chemistry! I loved Life Sciences, though.
Thanks for the tag. Will honour it as soon as I can get my hands on my/a computer – some virus ran amok through mine and I have to re-load the OS.


18 sunita July 13, 2007 at 8:31 am

wokandspoon, you’re welcome…as for the cake, yes, that’s exactly what happens when it is mixed too much…need to be gentle with the spoon.


19 sunita July 13, 2007 at 8:32 am

Sra, you’re most welcome…as for the virus, hope it is eradicated soon …


20 Vini K July 13, 2007 at 8:50 am

Sunita,that is one of my all time favourite cakes!can I come over for some right now?please please please?:)thanks for tagging me.WIll do it today itself.:)love to your little ones.


21 sunita July 13, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Vini,you can of course come over any time, right now if you wish, only I won’t have this cake to offer you :( it’s lomng since gone…But never mind, will whip up something else :) will convey the love to the little ones…


22 Patricia Scarpin July 13, 2007 at 2:23 pm

What a delicious cake, Sunita!

Marble cake was one of the first cakes I learned how to make.


23 Asha July 13, 2007 at 3:13 pm

Great MeMe!! Why do most Indian girls are afraid of dark? Puzzling! I never was scared of anything to this,height, darkness ,snakes,bugs,bring them on!:D
@7 I agree,DO NOT MESS with my kitchen!!:)
Marbled cake is yummy.Thanks girl:)


24 sunita July 13, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Patricia, thanks…don’t you love this cake…


25 sunita July 13, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Asha, my sister was never afraid of the dark…for that matter, I’m not now at all…

As for the cake, yes,it’s one if my favourites as well…


26 bhags July 13, 2007 at 7:19 pm

I always have the slice of marble cake when i visit satr bucks, but after reading this, i think i can bake my own :) , thanks for the recipe and tht MEME was a nice read


27 sunita July 13, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Bhags, welcome to my world…as for the cake, of course, you can bake your own and enjoy it more…nice to have you over…


28 Vcuisine July 14, 2007 at 10:52 am

Sunita the cakes and meme both are interesting. Tks for tagging me. Will try to do it. Viji


29 sunita July 14, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Viji, thanks…would love to know more about you…nice to have you over…


30 marriedtoadesi.com July 15, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Looks gorgeous!



31 Roopa July 16, 2007 at 2:32 am

the cake looks soft and spongy. thanks dear! loved reading your me me:)choclate and icecreams yumm!


32 sunita July 16, 2007 at 8:29 am

Kanchana,thanks and welcome to my world…


33 sunita July 16, 2007 at 8:30 am

Roopa,thanks…as for chocolate and icecreams, yummmm indeed:)


34 Susan July 16, 2007 at 4:29 pm

A lovely cake that looks like it took ages to make w/ all kinds of little tricks. A marvel of simplified engineering. ( I could pun the last sentence, but you would never forgive me. ; ] )

I always hated math, too, even though I did well. When I look back, I wonder if it was more boredom than hatred. Regardless, I’m happy for my calculator.


35 sunita July 17, 2007 at 8:49 am

Susan,thanks, and as a matter of fact, it did not take that long… think it seems more daunting when we see it in words…:)
…glad you came over :)


36 Sandeepa July 19, 2007 at 2:29 pm

I am still afraid to stay alone at home, though have done it many many times. But I still need to keep the lights and TV on, if I am alone at night :)
Your marble cake looks delicious


37 sunita July 19, 2007 at 5:46 pm

Sandeepa, I amaze myself in cases when I have to be alone…much braver now :)


38 Kay July 24, 2007 at 2:52 pm

You have a great blog, Sunita!! :) It makes a very nice reading.


39 sunita August 10, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Kay, thanks and welcome aboard…great to have you over.


40 week end gastronomique September 12, 2009 at 6:13 am

thanks for this cake… it looks very nice


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