Rum-scented Marble Cake {ModBak}

I was all set to make this recipe the other day when my friends Kayte and Margaret tweeted that they were making it, too. So we decided to have a Twitterbake and make it “together” in our separate kitchens (and separate States). It’s always more fun baking with others, even if you are baking and tweeting from far away.

This is the third recipe in the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge. After starting with a delicious, if fussy, pound cake, I was looking forward to trying this recipe.

As impressive as it looks, this cake was really easy to put together, although it did dirty quite a few bowls. The base batter consisted of flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter (three sticks!), seven eggs, and dark rum. After making a heavy paste of the dry ingredients and butter, I whisked the eggs and rum, then added them to the butter mixture.

The chocolate swirl layer consisted of dark rum, milk, baking soda, bittersweet chocolate, and two cups of the base batter, all mixed together until blended.

To assemble the cake, I put half the base batter in the pan, smoothed the top, then topped it with the chocolate layer.

I covered this with the rest of the base batter, smoothed the top, then marbled it by dragging a knife through the batter from the center to the edge all the way around the pan.

I baked the cake for 75 minutes, until it was done through but still moist.

Pardon the pun, but the cake smelled intoxicating while it baked. The chocolate and rum combined to give it a rich, heady aroma, and I couldn’t wait to cut into it. I let the cake cool, then sprinkled the top with powdered sugar (although it really didn’t need any adornment).

My daughter and I decided to sample it for a bedtime snack.

I was planning to take the rest of it to work today, but after tasting it, my daughter announced that I would be doing no such thing. The cake was rich, but not overly sweet, and had a great balance of flavors. Calling it “rum-scented” is quite apt, as the rum adds more to the aroma than the flavor.

This was another great recipe from The Modern Baker and has me looking forward to the next seven months(!) of cakes.

Check out Kayte’s and Margaret’s posts to see what they thought and to get a look at their beautiful marbling.


  1. Kayte said,

    June 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

    What a great job you did on this and on this post. Please put this post as the official one at the site instead of mine as I think people would really like the process photos and descriptions…please? A great post…and it was fun baking with you, as always!!

    • gaaarp said,

      June 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      There will be plenty of posts from me until it’s all said and done. I use mine anytime I get to a post with no official poster. Yours was a great post, and I’m happy to have it as the official post/

  2. Abby said,

    June 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, that looks wonderful. Makes me wish I’d baked it with you guys after all! Love that your girls loved it, too. 🙂

    • gaaarp said,

      June 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks. Maybe we can bake together this weekend.

  3. June 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    […] batter followed by a last later of plain. Swirl!! Fun to see what patterns result. I made this with Phyl and Kayte and all of our swirls are different!!Come by The Modern Baker Challenge and join in the […]

  4. teaandscones said,

    June 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    OH! BTW your cake is LOVELY!

  5. teaandscones said,

    June 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Minis because we don’t want to weigh 300 lbs!!! And since we bake EVERY week……

    I didn’t notice mine was yellower but I will take your word for it. Funny how all of our swirls came out differently!!

    • gaaarp said,

      June 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      We don’t worry so much about that around here. There are 4 of us, and A and I can handle more than our share. And I have a few pounds to go before hitting 300.

  6. Rebecca said,

    June 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful, Phyl! From the pictures, that cake looks like it has just the texture I love in a cake like this. I guess it’s time for me to invest in a mini bundt pan….

    • gaaarp said,

      June 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks. This was a full-size bundt pan. Kayte and Margaret made minis (why bother, I wonder?).

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