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Rum-scented Marble Cake

Blog post unwittingly contributed by Kayte.

MB Marble Rum Cake and Misc 043

The 81st recipe I made from The Modern Baker by Nick Malgieri, was  the one for Rum-Scented Marble Cake, on page 228.

      Yesterday  some of the members from the Modern Baker group were tweeting and making  a plan for baking something, this was my choice, Margaret agreed, and it turned out that Phyl was already in the process of gathering ingredients to make this recipe  as well, so we had a spontaneous Twitterbake, always fun to bake the  same thing together comparing notes along the way. This cake is  definitely worth making…delicious and pretty.  (We are not publishing  recipes from the book, so if you like what you see, buy the book and  bake along with or without us.  That said, you can also find Nick’s recipe  at Epicurious online here.)

The  ingredient list for the cake:  flour, sugar, baking powder, salt,  butter, eggs, rum, milk, baking soda, bittersweet chocolate. and some  fine dry breadcrumbs.

All the ingredients are ones you probably have on  hand, so there isn’t anything really new there. The mixing takes a few  bowls by the time you make the batter, divide it, mix in the chocolate  which you melted in another bowl, and then pour it all into the baking  pan, but it’s all a simple step-by-step procedure outlined nicely in the  book.  The only technique new to me was coating the bundt pan with  butter, fine dry bread crumbs, and then cooking spray…I had never done  that before and it was interesting, could not detect the breadcrumbs in  the final outcome and it did slide right out of the pan easily with no  fuss.

MB Marble Cake inside 008       I made a half-size version in my 6 cup bundt pan, using half the  ingredients.  One of my favorite things about making marbled anything is that you never know what it is going to look like on the inside until you slice into it and get a view.  Always seems like a bit of artwork going on in there to me, always fun to see.  We all made the same recipe, yet each of us has a totally different look to the inside…rather exciting to see what everyone gets for results that way.  (It doesn’t take much to entertain me, obviously.)

The cake is wonderful alone, you really don’t need to  frost or glaze it, as it is moist and flavorful as is, the rum gives just a little depth of flavor that makes it shine…definitely a  repeat. This would be a great cake to take as a hostess gift or to a  pitch-in.



1. Kayte - June 12, 2012

“Unwittingly” but not Unwillingly…thanks for using my post as this was a much-loved recipe around here…am making it again this weekend to take to Mark’s parents’ for Father’s Day.

2. gaaarp - June 11, 2012

This was a big hit around here, especially with my 8-year-old (should that worry me?).


3. Kayte - June 11, 2012

This was pronounced FANTASTIC by my husband and he is not a cake lover at all. He ate 2 slices, made claims on others to pack for lunches this week, and is looking forward to it with coffee after dinner. I nibbled on the white parts (so so good)…might have to make another just using the white parts so I can enjoy a bit more. Great recipe! Here’s my post: http://grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com/grandmas_kitchen_table/2012/06/modern-baker-rum-scented-marble-cake.html

gaaarp - June 11, 2012

Hmm, M and A must be peas in a pod, as she loved it, too. I was going to take it to work to share, but she said, “No, you’re not!”.

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