Well, we made another winner this week--I think I have said that more than once. This basic cake starts out with butter, that's always good. Sugar and eggs are mixed in, the batter looks pretty curdled at this point. But Dorie lets you know that curdled is normal and not to worry. I love this cookbook! The recipes are written as if Dorie is standing by my side cheering me on, giving me little snippets of information to help be have a successful baking experience.
This is a 'basic' recipe with many variations. I went with the Peppermint Marble Loaf (Dories Favorite). Melted white chocolate is mixed into half the batter along with peppermint extract. Semi-sweet chocolate is added to the other half. Now comes the fun part--marbling the two flavors. I used my cookie scoop to randomly drop batter into my pans. I didn't swirl--swirling gets away from me and I end up with batter that is neither dark nor light. I made my loaf cake into mini bundt cakes. This is a great basic recipe with many possibilities. My next cake will be Chocolate and Orange--I may even try to 'marble'!
The complete recipe can be found on Carol's blog The Bake More. I'm sure the creative TWD bakers had fun with this recipe.