Monday, 21 December 2015

Marbled Coffee Butter Cake


Sometimes I like to pinch stuff from the office. Don't worry, I don't pinch the stationery or expensive stuff. I pinch the edibles or rather the drinkable. As a matter of fact there is nothing edible in the office. You want to eat or nibble something, you have to supply your own. This was what I pinched.


This is my parents' favorite drink. It's convenient and it's tasty. I find that one sachet is too thin for me, so if I want to drink this, I must down two sachets at one go. But I don't drink this often because I find it too sweet. Besides, I prefer black coffee, no sugar.

My original intention was to bake a coffee cotton cake but somehow I got distracted and this solitary sachet of coffee was left all alone in the pantry. 


One weekend, I decided to put the coffee mix to good use.  I used my favorite butter cake recipe and instead of baking a round cake, I decided to bake in a loaf pan. I have two small loaf pans and I thought it would be great to bake two smaller loaves which makes it easier to share (as in one for me and one for the rest of you hah..hah...).


Once I made the batter, I isolated 1/4 to mix with the coffee mix. But when I filled one pan with the plain batter, it looked as if I would not have enough for two. So I dumped everything into one pan and then dolloped the coffee batter on top. I used a butter knife to marble the batter.


It wasn't well executed and I realized that I could have filled 2 pans after all. But it was too late. My cake puffed up way above the rim of the pan. But it was alright, no harm done.

The smell was wonderful, buttery with a rich coffee aroma. I knew this was going to be a good cake. Once the cake was fully cooled, I sliced into it and noted that the knife glided smoothly into the cake. To me, this is an indicator that I have a cake that is moist and soft.


I'm thinking of my next coffee butter cake but this time I will double the amount of coffee mix for a more intense experience. 










Marbled Coffee Butter Cake
Recipe source : Adapted from here

Ingredients :

- 250g butter, softened
- 70g fine sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 egg yolks
- 200g self raising flour (sifted)
- 4 egg whites
- 70g fine sugar
- 1 sachet Nescafe 3-in-1 + 1 tsp instant coffee + 2 tablespoons hot water (make into a paste)

Method :
1. Make the egg white mixture first (to save having the wash the beaters hah..hah..). Whisk the egg whites and gradually add sugar. Whisk until stiff peaks. Set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract.
3. Add egg yolks one at a time and mix well.
4. Add flour in three additions and fold into the butter using a spatula. 
5. Fold in 1/3 of egg whites into the batter mixture. Mix well and fold in the remaining egg whites.
6. Remove 1/4 of the batter and mix with the coffee paste.
7. Pour plain batter into a loaf pan and dollop the coffee batter on top.
8. Using a butter knife or skewer, swirl the coffee batter.
9. Bake at 160C for 50 minutes. (I tented the pan after 40 minutes to prevent over browning).


39 comments:

  1. I just came from STP blog, his blog got fruitcake, now come your blog butter cake, makes me craving for it , hehe..

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    1. hah..hah...it's near Christmas time so there will be lots of cakes everywhere you look :D

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  2. I think the real story was:

    But when I filled one pan with the plain batter, "I don't think I want to share anymore". So I dumped everything into one pan ...

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  3. I think I wanna do this... cos I love butter cake and I have tried doing it thousands of miles away from Malaysia.. and now I feel like eating a loaf now!! Yummsss... so separate the egg whites from the yolks? Ok, I haven't done this method before.. and I gonna try! Just wait.... and wait... hahahaa..

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    1. Oh yes, I remember the butter cake you baked in USA! Now that you are back here, you must bake one in Malaysia too. Actually, can also just use the eggs whole, no need to separate if you don't want the hassle. The cake will be just as good but not as fluffy and the egg separation method.

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  4. Hi Phong Hong, nice coffee cake plus a nice cup of hot coffee lagi best.
    The texture of your cake is very moist. Looking forward to have one piece. hahaha....

    Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia! Yes, great with coffee panas-panas :D

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  5. Oh, you've baked one of my favourite cakes......I love any simple marbled butter cake to death! ;)

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    1. Oh you do? Then you will love this cake a lot since you also love coffee :)

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  6. I love these cakes, nice to go with hot nescafe again lah. Mmmnnn! Enak rasa nya.

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    1. Memang enak! Satu keping tarak cukup :D

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  7. aiyoh, so poor thing you cannot find anything that you can pinch to nibble in the office?? good or not good?? like that i feel sinful because i can actually find something to nibble in the office as and when i want to, hahaha, haiyah, no wonder this repeated-years-after-years of loosing weight resolution never succeeded before!!

    if i could have a block of cake, errr, even just a few pieces will do lah, i would be very happy and i guess i can eat a piece at a time and that would make me feel so happy.. coffee cake, anytime for me.. i am not a fans of coffee but i actually like things made of coffee, love that aroma and the hint of coffee in the stuffs i eat.. as opposed to the fact that i only drink green tea and do not like anything made of green tea, haha!! :p

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    1. Actually it is good not to have any munchies around or else auntie will become lagi fat hah..hah..hah... Long ago, I do not like coffee cake or coffee ice cream even though I love to drink coffee. But now, it's different pulak. As for green tea, I only like to drink, just like you :)

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  8. Hi Phong Hong, how are you. I'm surprise that today I really come to read and visit yours and the rest... slowly will catch up with you all later.

    Your marble cake is light, because the egg separate method. *Thumbs Up*

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    1. Hello Angeline! Long long time no see! Very happy to see you popping up here and the other blogs :)

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  9. Nice. Shape looks like the rich and fragrant cheese butter cake all the way from Kuching that I got from my ex-students last night. Post on that coming soon, before Christmas. Not many days to go now.

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    1. You sure are receiving many delights as Christmas approaches!

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  10. The cake does look moist, never thought of making with Nescafe 3+1, thanks for sharing!

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    1. The cake turned out good with nice coffee aroma, try it!

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  11. Hahaha cute declaration.

    I wish my office have those 3-in-1 sachets to pinch. :)

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  12. Hi Phong Hong, lovely cake. Marble cakes are always my first choice whenever I want buttery cakes.. When I use sachet drinks in cake, I will reduce the sugar a little. The sweetness is just right for me. Too bad you didn't bake 2 loaves, otherwise one loaf is mine, beh pai seh.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! No problem, next time can always make an extra one for you! hee..hee..hee..

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  13. So nice to have butter cakes with piping hot black coffee or nescafe. Its been a long long time since I last tasted butter cake.

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    1. Nancy, it is only now that I appreciate butter cakes. I used to dislike them. How I wish that I could share some with you!

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  14. This cake looks delicious! Perfect with a cup of tea :)

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    1. Thanks, Cathleen! I prefer a cup of coffee hah..hah..

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  15. Phong Hong, I super like this recipe and your marble coffee butter cake, I must bake this on Chinese New Year for my family. Keep coming with good recipe for us, Merry Christmas to you .

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    1. Hi Yannie! I am glad to share :) Merry Christmas to you too!

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  16. Pretty marble looks, and love your cake texture too, it must be yummy :)

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  17. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Phong Hong. :)

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family too, DG!

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  18. Hi Phong Hong,
    I smelled nice butter & coffee fragrance of your Marbled Coffee Butter Cake !

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    1. Ohh..the smell drifted all the way to Singapore hah..hah...

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  19. Your marbled coffee butter cake really looks good.

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