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Chocolate Hazelnut Marbled Cake

December 21, 2009

Chocolate Hazelnut Marbled Cake

Before I get to the delicious cake, I want to tell you about the big news I was holding on to a while ago.

If you’re following me on Twitter or Facebook, you might have heard me gushing about finally signing ‘the contract’.No, it’s not some corporate contract boohockey or a typical 9-5 job. This contract is my entry into the world I’ve only dreamed about until now. It’s a world full of butter, sugar and flour – a world I know I’m going to be happy in. Starting January 2010 I will work for a lovely, first-of-its-kind, startup French pâtisserie here in Bombay. Here, I’ll work with two absolutely amazing chefs from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. When I first baked with them, the day went by quickly and I lost complete track of time – that’s when I knew that this is my kind of place. The two of them are so professional and so much fun at the same time. I’m going to love it here!

I’m sure as hell going to miss orangefoodie and my friends at my current workplace, but I know this is one step closer to where I want to be. 5 years ago, when I learned about Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and got my hands on their brochures, I knew I had to study there – I just had to. Back then, my parents didn’t take my passion so seriously and thought my interests were as fleeting as summer, and cooking/baking for a living sounded absolutely ludicrous to them. Luckily, they are so much more supportive of the career switch now more than ever. I am so thrilled about this – my dream of baking for a living is finally becoming a reality.

Here’s a wonderfully moist chocolate hazelnut marbled cake that I made yesterday. I used Dorie Greenspan’s mocha walnut bundt cake recipe as a framework to create this cake. I substituted  hazelnuts for walnuts and cocoa for espresso. While recipes usually call for milk at room temperature, I’ve noticed that using warm or hot milk is important for producing really soft cakes that makes all the difference. Don’t be scared, the hot milk won’t cook the eggs. My mom wolfed down most of the cake and asked for more to take for my grandmom.

Chocolate Hazelnut Marbled Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Marbled Cake
Adapted from: Baking From My Home to Yours -Dorie Greenspan
Yield: 1 large bundt cake

2 ½ /310g cups flour
½ / 100g cup ground hazelnuts
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
9oz. / 250g. butter
3oz./ 85g. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 1/4th cup hot milk
1 3/4th /350g cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/160C. Butter a 10 inch bundt pan or a loaf pan and dust the inside with flour. Tap out the excess flour.
  2. Whisk together the flour, ground hazelnuts, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, melt 2 tbsp butter with cocoa and chocolate. Heat until the chocolate and butter have melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar for about 3-4 minutes – this will look like a thick paste.
  5. Beat the eggs in one at a time, until the mixture looks smooth. Add the vanilla extract.
  6. Now either on a reduced speed, or by folding in by hand, add the flour and hot milk alternately, starting and finishing off with flour (so, flour-milk-flour-milk-flour)
  7. Now take a little less than half the flour and mix it with the chocolate mixture that you set aside earlier. Stir till it is thoroughly blended – don’t overdo it.
  8. What I did was add the white mixture then the chocolate mixture and then the white mixture again into the bundt pan and then run a knife through it once or twice for very visibly distinct two layers. For a pronounced marbled look, stir the knife through the batter a few more times.
  9. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until the knife comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes or so before unmoulding.
  10. Slice and eat! It’s lovely with some mascarpone dusted with caster sugar or some chocolate sauce.


  • Reply Nachiketa December 21, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Yipppeeee…… Finally u've gotten the dotted line going….

    Am so HAPPY for you……

    A Toast…..Cheers……….. (Hic!!!)

  • Reply Nandini Vishwanath December 21, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Good luck, Shaheen.

  • Reply Azmeen December 21, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    oh my god! lovely post! :D
    the journey begins! xoxo

  • Reply iamchanelle December 21, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    ooooh, a very big congrats to you dear!!! how exciting. cannot wait to read all about your adventures.

    and what a lovely cake. ;)

  • Reply Maria December 21, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Congrats! I am so excited for you! Love the cake too:)

  • Reply oneofagrind December 21, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Great post! I can actually feel your excitement through the screen!! I'm sooo happy for you :D and I can't wait to try out some of the yum stuff you guys churn out!
    All the best Shaheen :D

  • Reply daniel December 21, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    happy for you shaheen! we are looking forward to working with you!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 21, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Thank you so, so much, everyone. Your wishes mean a lot.

    Daniel – can't wait for January! =)

  • Reply Sandy Smith December 22, 2009 at 12:36 AM

    Oh, congratulations!! Can't wait to hear more. :)

  • Reply jayashree December 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    If dreams are made of Butter , Sugar & flour……Man ! Congrats on your Dream Job !
    You have the Fire in you, & you will make it !
    Congrats. All the Best .
    The cook looks Divine.

  • Reply Nags December 22, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    So glad you have the mojo and what it takes. Wishing you all the very best!

  • Reply Heidi Leon Monges December 22, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    congratulations my darling. Hope this is the start of a great career.

  • Reply Arch December 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Wonderful ! You sound so excited and happy – Congratulations and may all your dreams come true…

    • Reply Bardo July 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      You know what, I’m very much incnield to agree.

  • Reply Chaitali December 22, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    OMG! Congratulations!
    Working in a honest to goodness French patisserie! Thats like one of my dreams!
    You are soo lucky :)

  • Reply nithya at hungrydesi December 22, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    congratulations! great news and great post…best of luck :)

  • Reply Kusum Rohra December 22, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Coming here for the first time, wish you hearty congrats :) I wish I could get a piece of that cake though :)

  • Reply Divya Kudua December 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Congrats Shaheen..I am sure you are gonna enjoy while you work!!

  • Reply Tina December 22, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Congrats dear..Best of luck…Cake looks fabulous and mouthwatering…

  • Reply bethany (Dirty Kitchen Secrets) December 22, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Congrats Shaheen!!! What an amazing feeling! I wish you all the success in your new endeavour! Kick some ass girl!!

  • Reply The Double Dipped Life December 22, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Congratulations on your new position and for making all of your dreams come true!!!

  • Reply Anushruti December 22, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    I'm so happy for you Shaheen! My best wishes.

  • Reply Divya Vikram December 22, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Congrats on your new venture! Cake looks awesome!

  • Reply Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home December 23, 2009 at 3:33 AM

    Congratulations on your new ADVENTURE! And happy holidays :)

    oh, and mmmm delicious looking cake!

  • Reply LoveL December 23, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    Congrats. What a lovely recipe.

  • Reply Ann December 23, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Congrats! I'm a silent follower from afar – thats great news – good luck on your dream come true. A patisserie! Sounds so so so fab!

  • Reply KSHEMA December 24, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Congratulations !! What a delicious beginning to the New Year. Do let us know where this Patisserie is .. I am sure gonna drop by.

  • Reply Helene December 25, 2009 at 2:11 AM

    Congratulations and Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Sweet and Savory December 28, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    Congrats on your new job and on this lovely cake. Share the fun with us.

  • Reply Srivalli December 28, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Congrats on the new venture..I am sure you will end up baking and eating the cake too..:)

  • Reply Caren December 29, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Wow! Awesome! I am from Mumbai but in NYC now and I have always wondered how you did all these amazing things in Mumbai! Now you have gone even further, I am so proud of you!

  • Reply Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 December 30, 2009 at 2:56 AM

    What a great news! Congrats!!!!!!! Glad you have found a place where you belong to! All the best!

  • Reply nandini December 30, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Hey purple!! wonderful news!! truly happy for u!. As usual the cake looks awesome!.

  • Reply kamran siddiqi January 1, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Congratulations!! And that cake looks absolutely delish! Happy 2010! :)

  • Reply Fuji Mama January 2, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting!

  • Reply Deeba PAB January 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Missed this post & now am much in th eloop! Congrats S…woot woot! This is just such brilliant news & I am SO thrilled for you. One step closer to what you like to do! This is HUGE in my eyes & I'm sure you are gonna be a TopChef soon! If I was any younger, I would have been right there begging you to get me onboard too.
    Pooja makes fab macs…and can see u mastering them very soon. Looking forward to great patesserie posts at Purple Foodie. Until then I'll explore & earn from my books!
    HUGS & many of them my friend!! xoxoxo

  • Reply Ingrid January 8, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Congrats! Best of luck! As a follower of your blog I'm certain you'll be fantastic!

  • Reply Rahul Pillai February 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Fantastic! all the best!

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  • Reply maya November 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Hey i made this cake.. yummm..i used chopped walnuts instead of powdered hazelnuts since finding hazelnuts was a task in bombay..
    just wanted to know how many grams is one cup of flour.. and how many grams is one cup sugar..
    i have a weighing scale at home and its soo much easier for me to measure the ingredients on that rather than in cups..

  • Reply naiya July 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Hey Shaheen , Can i know where do you get hazelnuts from?

    I am based out in pune . And i am also surprised to know that you are part of le 15 . Have been there while strolling to palladium . I Had my first macaroon there. and I was so excited to have it. I may soon travel paris. and cant wait to go for macaroon tasting . :)

    One of the coolest thing about you is you try to make so much homemade thing . Thats a Fab thing … I am also cultivating !..

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