Though fruit cake is a vital part of Christmas celebrations, I wasn't a big fan of it during my childhood. It's a practice back home that when somebody visits you during Christmas and New Year time, they bring a cake. There's no prize for guessing which cake, it had to be a fruit cake. Honestly I used to hate it, because it had too many dry fruits in it. Add to that, most of the times, the cake was dry! Every time we used to get a cake at home, I'd wait impatiently for the guests to leave, to open the packet and see which cake it is, though my fate was sealed.
Those days, I just couldn't figure out why all the “grown ups” were making such a fuss about the fruit cake. I don't know whether it can be called an irony… that years later as I grew up, I started liking the fruit cake and find myself fussing about the whole soaking of dry fruits n all ;) But… (there has to be a but, right?) Some people used to bring Marble cake. On seeing the Marble cake I felt like I won the lottery! I'd mark it as my territory and keep a close watch on it's stock level ;) That's how much I loved it those days. I was really crazy about Ann's Bakery's Marble cake.
So, this time I wanted to bake a marble cake also. I've posted a Marble cake recipe before, but I wanted to try something new. Thanks to FB, I landed on this recipe. I remember seeing a beautiful Marble Cake pic on my friend Rosemary's profile. I should say, this cake here is the result of her Marble cake pic… I loved the pic of her cake and so I mailed her asking for the recipe. She was so sweet that she typed the whole recipe and mailed me immediately. Thanks a bunch Rosemary!
Did I tell you… I actually felt the ‘joy of baking' once I saw the baked version of this cake. I absolutely loved everything about this cake, not to mention the bundt shape :) The fine-rich-melt-in-mouth buttery crumbs, doubled my happiness! If you like these kind of cakes, I strongly recommend you to try this. This recipe is a sure keeper! I'm sure I'll bake it again n again n again n…
Btw, did you notice that cute little ornaments in the first pic? Those are handmade by my dear friend and neighbour Sonia's mom, Ida aunty. I borrowed it shamelessly for the pic. Thanks aunty and Sonia :)
Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours