Friday, September 10, 2010

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Marble Cake

Hope you all had a wonderful and fruitful week. Especially with Hari Raya holiday, everyone gets to spend some quality time with family and perhaps a little quiet time too. How did you spend your holiday? Since its a school term break as well, I get to spend lots of time with my kids, literally 24-7, lol! Although we didn't do any holiday trip this time, we were already contented that we still get to spend more time with family here. :D But of course I still get to bake as often as I can when my kids are playing or doing things on their own. And I happened to bake this lovely Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Marble Cake that was very well received by my children. In fact I have already baked it twice and they are still asking for more!
Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Marble Cake: (makes a 12 cup bundt cake)
Chocolate Paste

3 tbsp cocoa powder (I used Valrohna, feel free to use any brand you prefer)
3 tbsp hot water

Cake Batter
1 cup (250g) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups (450g) caster sugar (I reduced it to 350g)
4 large eggs
2 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 & 1/2 cups (210g) sour cream
3 cups (420g) all purpose flour
2 & 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips (I used 100g chocolate bar, chopped into small chunks)


  • Preheat the oven to 180C. The generously grease a 12 cup bundt pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and the hot water together to make a smooth paste.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs and then vanilla. Then add in the sour cream, and scraping the bottom of the mixing bowl to make sure it is evenly combined.
  • Fold in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and blend well. Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate chunks into the batter and mix well.
  • Remove 1/3 of the batter and mix in the chocolate paste in to it.
  • Spoon in big scoops of vanilla batter into the bundt pan and alternating with some spoons on chocolate batter as well to create the marble effect. Repeat till all the batter has been put in.
  • Place in the oven to bake for 40 to 50 minutes, depending on your oven. Bake till golden brown and the tester comes out clean. If the top of the cake browns too quickly, cover with foil first until done.
  • Once baked, remove from oven and let cool on rack for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely. Enjoy!!
This tender-crumbled, lusciously flavored butter cake is such a delight! It actually slices like velvet, so yummy!
Furthermore its not hard to prepare. But the key is to use quality cocoa powder to make this. I used Valrohna cocoa powder and the deep, dark chocolate flavor really made this cake more luscious. :)
I love the chocolate chips in the cake, it's like biting into little "bonuses", nice! ;) I used 70% cocoa chocolate bar instead of the usual chocolate chips because I prefer the bittersweet dark flavor verses the sweeter version of the milk chocolate chips. :P
The 2nd time I made this cake, I used Madeline mould and also my Nordicware seashell pan which I got during one of my trips back to California . ;)Unfortunately due to the marble "effect" the seashells' shapes were not very obvious. However my kids loved it! They would pick their favorite shell shape and slowly savor it, lol!
Anyway, hope you will try this out and you will know what I mean. Definitely a delicious cake to share with your love ones. Okay, last but not least, Selamat Hari Raya to our fellow Muslims (hope I am not too late for that) and happy holidays to everyone!


Cooking Gallery said...

The marble cake looks great! Good job:)!

busygran said...

Certainly looks moist and with that cocoa powder, I can imagine the taste!

Bakericious said...

Hi Bee Bee, what a coincidence, I am thinking of baking a marble yet too! But didn't make it cos need to make a cake for my grandma.Now I have another recipe to queue up in my must bake list.

I spent my public holiday at home. My daughter had high fever since thur so no choice, cant go any where :(. Luckily just now checked her temperature and seem to come down, hope wont go up again.

Just in case u ve yet to see my msg in my blog. The moonies are very yummy, I finished one by myself which initially plan was to taste a bit only hahaha.... see, I so 捧场leh :P.

Esther said...

This sounds like a cake I would love to eat. I'm going to add it to my sour cream recipe list. I learned that the reason why we put cocoa powder with water is to make the taste stronger, it's called blooming. If you go back to CA again, you should take a look at the America's Test Kitchen Baking's so cool and it teaches you so many things. The only negative is that the recipes are fattier than the usual Asian recipes.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Bee, this cake looks lime a keeper. Looks like a perfect tea cake recipe for the bundt mold.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Cooking gallery! Actually I have a lot tolearn from you on presentation. You always make your food looked extra nice with all the presentations.

Thanks busygran, hope you will fruit out too. :)

Hi Jess, hope your daughter will fully recover before the new week starts. Take care yourself yah, nowadays like a lot of virus floating around. This marble cake is easy to make, so anytime you crave for chocolate butter cake, give this one a try, you won't regret. :) Ohh, your grandma birthday coming?? How exciting to make a cake for her! Looking forward to that post!
Ai ya that moonie so small only woh, more like dao sa bia, lol! You only eat one means so so only larr. I finish your pickled fruit salad all by myself leh, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Esther! Heehee, actually I own 2 of the American test kitchen cookbook! One is the cooking one and the other baking. You will faint if you see my cookbook collection, lol! Actually some of the books I have not even have time to look at them after I buy them, terrible horr. Yes, do try this marble cake, it's quite a nice tea break snack. Thanks for reaching me the term blooming... Learn something new today. :)

Happy Homebaker said...

Your marble cake looks gorgeous! I am sure it taste as good as it looks :)
Yes, I am spending every single minute with my kids for the entire week.

DG said...

Your marble cake already looks yummy, with additional chocolate chunks in it ... then it must be super delicious :) I like it especially when you bake in madeline or small moulds, they look cute.

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful cake! Love the ring shape and also the beautiful marble colour there. Would be so nice with a cup of tea....mmm

Passionate About Baking said...

This bundt marble cake looks really good! It's been a while since I bake marble cake. Just like to know, who eats all these bakes that you make? I have problem finishing them. My children don't eat, I don't know who else to give to besides my colleagues...

LimeCake said...

i love marble cake! it's the cake i make most often. this looks luscious!

quizzine said...

Love the marble effects! Is it possible to bake this in a standard round cake tin? So far I've not got a bundt tin YET?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Shirley, it IS a keeper. :) I made it twice already and my kids are still asking for more, lol! Besides, their loves it too. :)

Thanks HHB! Actually I think it doesn't look that great, lol! But I definitely think it's great marble butter cake. :)

Thank DG! Hahaha, yeah I love those chocolate bits inside too!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks so much for the compliment MaryMoh! Yes yes, goes excellent with a cup of tea or cafe au lait. :)

Hey Jane, thanks! Really? Your 3 kids don't eat your bakes?! How come? My 2 little ones will eat almost everything I make. Furthermore my husband's family stays really close by, so usually I share with them. Usually within 3 days, all gone.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks so much Limecake! And a very welcome to my blog! Do drop by again soon. :)

Quizzine, I think you can use any cake pan, even loaf pan too, it will turn out good. I used it on Madelines & mini moulds and still came out nice. :)

Passionate About Baking said...

Ah, that's so nice. Your children are really a motivation for you to bake and cook. Mine? They only like certain food, and worse, they like outside foods. Perhaps my bakes and cooks are not up to standard yet. :p My in-laws stay nearby, but they don't have sweet tooth. So I don't give them any actually.

ReeseKitchen said...

Wa this looks so good. Okay, will try soon. Btw, thank you so much for the lavendar lemon cookies, we all love it so much. Janice tried 1piece and said it was so delicious but that's the only 1 i let her try...haha!

ICook4Fun said...

You finally used the sea shells pan :) I wanted to buy one for my fried but they are so expensive now. I always like marble cake as it is like the mother of all cakes. Great with a cup of tea or coffee.

ann low said...

The marble cake looks gorgeous! Bookmarked :)

Hearty Bakes said...

The small ones look cute and can have a few at a go since its so inviting!

Edith said...

You are really hardworking. This holiday, I felt so zapped up.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Jane: my In-laws don't have sweet tooth too, but occasionally I will steam some less sweet kueh or buns for them, they love it. I guess you slowly figure out their taste buds then everything should be ok. :)

@Reese: so glad you love the cookies. :) I made some for my sisters too and they all loved the cookies as well. :) you know I have been planning to make this for you for a long time leh, heehee.

@Gert: is it! Oh... I was planning to buy another kind on my Dec trip. :P Yeah I love this marble cake very much. :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Ann: thank you! Hope you will like it too. :)

@Hearty Bakes: Thanks ! Yeah! My kids ate up all the small cakes first, then they ask to eat the big bundt cake.

@Edith: hahaha... No larr, I just trying to be hardworking only. :)

Angie's Recipes said...

This is a perfectly marbled cake! And with sour cream! Yummy!

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
Very nicely baked marble cake. I like the little bits of chocolate chip in there. The extra texture must be brilliant!

mysimplefood said...

Your cakes always turn out so beautiful, Makes me want to bake everytime I see your posting!!

pigpigscorner said...

Gorgeous!! Looks super moist!

Anh said...

That looks like a perfect cake!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Angie: Yeah I know...sour cream! I love sour cake or on cake, give it to me plain and I'm good, lol!

@Grace: This is a very nice coffee cake, do try it. If not come over next time and this cake will be waiting for you. :)

@mysimplefoods: Thanks so much for your support! I believe you can make just as nice, so try this out. ;)

@Anh: Thank you thank you! ;)

Joyti said...

What a great combination of flavors. I think I'd do the madeleines, as they are smaller (and I like small cutesy things)

Hearty Bakes said...

Thanks BeeBee for sharing this lovely recipe! Simply loves it!

E. said...

Merry Christmas Honey Bee Sweets! I have a question for you, should the eggs and sour cream be at room temperature? I want to make this cake soon, but I want everything to be perfect. :) I can't wait. Thanks.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Esther, sorry for my slow response, hope I am not too late. I am in California now, that's why. Actually, I didn't let the eggs & sour cream stay at room temperature although it does sound like a good idea, lol! Please go aheadand try your method and let me know how it turns out. Good luck & Merry Christmas!

E. said...

Thank you. :) It's not too late so don't worry about it, I was going to make it after I got your response. I can't wait to make your cake now. It's so cool that you're in CA now! Don't you love the weather there? Well, actually, some places were flooded, but others are perfectly fine. Please blog about your trip there, but only if it is convenient for you. Have fun and stay safe. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hie Honey Bee Sweets,

I like your blogs and i tried a few of ur recipes and its awesome!

Just wonder 12 cups bundt is what inch of pan?
thought of baking it tomorrow!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Anonymous, please kindly leave your name next time when you leave me a comment. Appreaciate it.
12 cup tube pan I used is 25cm.

KIMMY said...

Hi HoneyBeeSweets,

I tried your mango yogurt chiffon cake recipe today. It turned out moist, soft and delicious. The cake also looked great, it stood tall and steady, phew :).

I'd like to try this marble sour cream recipe too, but I have some dried cranberries to use up, so don't you think I could use dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips?

Thank you for sharing great recipes.

Honey Bee Sweets said...


Thanks for visiting my blog and trying out the recipes. Glad you liked them.

Replacing the chocolate chips with dried cranberries will be probably be alright. But it won't be as sweet and chocolate as the original recipe, and maybe will be less moist as well. But the slight tanginess of the cranberries might be very nice compliment to the cake. :) Good luck with the cake and let me know when you posted it. :)

Jes's Deli Corner said...

Hi, is all purpose flour similar to pain flour? Can. Use cake flour fo this recipe..thks

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Yes Jess, you can use either plain flour or cake flour. Cake flour you might want to up 1 tbsp per 1 cup (225g).