Many people asked me what cake I was going to make for my birthday. I often spend weeks before my birthday joyfully dreaming about what crazy creation that I can come up with that is fit for my birthday. My answer this year was that my lovely sister had offered to make me a cake, and I happily accepted. She ended up making a delicious white chocolate mud cake, which my family and I greatly enjoyed.
However, during the inevitable cake dreaming, I had a real hankering for a ring marble cake that I used to decorate at Muddings Bakery. I have very happy memories of decorating the marble cakes (as I’ve done, see top image). I remember my favourite part was having to trim the bottom. These cakes cook upside down and therefore the top is often uneven. When you turn them the right way up, you have to trim the bottom slightly so it sits nicely on a cake board. The marble cake and orange poppy-seed cakes were my favourite as I would save the little bits of trimming for morning tea (if it lasted that long). They were without exception always delicious.
As I now live in regional Victoria, it’s not so easy to swing by Muddings on a whim and pick up this cake, and I had a strong urge to decorate the cake myself – ensuring that I got the cutoffs! So I searched the internet for a similar sort of cake. SBS website didn’t let me down, sharing a german version of the same sort of cake. I substituted the Advokaat for a drop of Sherry – not quite as authentic, but still nice.
It ended up being extremely moist, and quite delicious, and brought back some very happy memories as I trimmed off the uneven top, dusted with icing sugar and drizzled with chocolate. I was a little timid with the marbling, for fear of turning it into a chocolate mess. So next time, I think I would do a little more mixing. All in all, though, a delicious walk down memory lane.