This cake was made for my aunt’s birthday dinner by my cousin and I. It came out really well, nice and light and compact. The brown and yellow swirls provide a nice contrast, the nuts texture… A perfect recipe to share.
All Purpose flour – 2 cups
Baking powder – 1 and 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Oil – 5 tbsp
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Cocoa powder (unsweetened) – 1/4 cup ( dissolved in 2/3 tbsp of warm water)
Mango Pulp – 1 cup ( If you use fresh mango pulp you probably should pass through strainer to eliminate fibers)
Milk – 1/4 cup
Buttermilk / Yoghurt – 1/4 cup
Chopped nuts – 1/3 cup
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar & oil then to this add mango pulp, milk, yogurt, vanilla, buttermilk and mix well.
- In another small bowl, combine the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt.
- Add the dry ingredient mixture to wet, mixing well.
- In a small bowl combine cocoa powder and warm water to make a paste.
- Transfer half the mango batter to another bowl, add cocoa paste, mix well.
- Grease and line a pan with parchment paper. Alternatively you can grease a 8 /2 inch square non-stick baking pan well, and flour it, which we did.
- There are a variety of methods to get the marbling effect. We dropped the plain mango and mango chocolate batter alternatively in a checker board pattern for the first layer. For the second we placed the tbsp. of mango batter on cocoa batter and a tbsp of cocoa batter on mango batter. Complete rest of the batter alternating the batters to make a checker patter. Then make a swirl. For the swirl, you can draw a vertical line from left to right, next line right to left an inch apart from the previous one and then left to right again, an inch part from the previous line. You get the idea. Similarly draw horizontal lines top to bottom, bottom to top, top to bottom an inch apart from each line. Then tap baking pan to level the batter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until you put in a toothpick and it comes out cleanly.
We didn’t use vanilla essence and it came out well. The nuts were our choice and not included in the original recipe.