Tuesdays with Dorie: Basic Marbled Loaf Cake

May 3, 2011

This week’s recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers is Basic Marbled Loaf Cake, selected by Carol of The Bake More. Mine was a cupcake rather than a loaf cake, and it was more layered than marbled, but all’s well that ends well, right?

What I did: I made half the recipe and baked it as cupcakes, because I didn’t have quite the right size pan for that amount of batter. There are many flavor combinations suggested by Dorie, and I have no doubt that the TWD bakers came up with some of their own creative flavors. I stuck with the Traditional Marble Loaf: half vanilla batter and half chocolate batter, and I used some delicious 60% chocolate that I bought when I visited the Jacques Torres store in New York.ย  But oh, the cardamom and coffee marble loaf sounds really tempting!

How it went: This was so quick to mix up. I ended up with 7 cupcakes. The batter was really thick, so there wasn’t a lot of marbling going on. I ran a knife through each cupcake, but they still ended up as layered rather than marbled. I baked them for 24 minutes.

How it tasted: I have a cold, and my tastebuds aren’t fully functioning. I could pick up some good chocolate flavor, though. My husband said it was good, but would be better with frosting (I predicted that comment!). He liked it, though, and acknowledged that it’s probably not as bad for you without the frosting. I look forward to trying another one when my tastebuds are back to normal, and I think my husband will be happy to help me finish these off!

Ready to try your own spin on this basic marbled loaf/cupcake? Open your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours to page 230, or click here to get the recipe from Carol.


  1. I like your layered cupcakes, and your plate is gorgeous! Hope you are feeling better soon.

  2. Layered, marbled…who cares, they look wonderful, and I love the idea of marbling cupcakes, I have never done that but you can bet I will give it a go now and again from here on out! Thanks for the idea…your little cakes look so cute!

  3. First off, I’m so sorry you have a cold. I hope you feel better soon. I would offer to bring you some chicken soup-but, sadly, we don’t live close to one another.

    Secondly-I am loving that napkin-or is it a plate? Your cupcakes are precious. And I bet they tasted fabulous.

    I worked until 8:30 last night, so I haven’t gotten to my loaf cake yet. Later tonight, my post will be up.

  4. Those look cute! I did make the cardamom/coffee version. Try it!

  5. your muffines look great! So glad you enjoyed your time in NY! That is where I am from!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Well, frosting makes just about everything better, doesn’t it?? :-). Hope you are feeling better.

  7. You HAVE to try the Cardamom & Coffee one… I used Espresso and it was marvelous! Yours looks great! Hope you feel better soon, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Cupcakes are always a fun option. Frosting is good! I want to try the chocolate/orange variation. Have a great day.

  9. How fun to make this into cupcakes – I like the layered look! Hope you are feeling (and tasting) better soon.

  10. Isn’t everything better with frosting?
    I like the cupcake option. I should have done that as I now have lots of leftovers at home on the counter.

  11. I love the layered look of your muffins – such a great idea to scale this one back! I hope you’re feeling better soon, colds stink.

  12. Sorry about your taste buds, but Iโ€™m glad you could bake with me. — Carol

  13. I have a cold, too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ These were good, but nothing compared to that Levain cookies. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your photo of that ccc from Levain, which I have a very similar picture of makes me want one!

  14. The cupcakes look great! Sorry you couldn’t taste the delicious chocolate, hope you’re feeling better soon. Mine was a little on the dry side and probably could have benefited from some frosting.

  15. Ciao ! I love to bake in mini shapes ! I’m sure your chocolate was so good ! Hope you are better now !

  16. Great idea to make muffins! they look real yummy!

  17. usually one of the first thing The Hubs says when he gets a muffin – Where’s the frosting.

    Cupcakes are a great alternative.

  18. I think your cupcakes look yummy! And I’m sure they are especially with the chocolate from Jacques!

    I hope you feel better soon!!

  19. I actually like the idea of a layered cupcake – cute! I remember you like the taste of cardamom, so no surprise that you’d be tempted by that variation. Hope you’re feeling well soon.

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