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This is another recipe in my series of easy Yogurt Cakes. A Marble Yogurt Cake has swirls of both vanilla and chocolate cake. Perfect for those occasions when you can’t decide which type of cake you want. This is a wonderfully moist single layer cake. It is really good without the Chocolate Ganache so you could just dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar or unsweetened cocoa powder. But I love it with the Chocolate Ganache, which is a smooth and creamy mixture of semi sweet (or bittersweet) chocolate and heavy cream. The cake can also be garnished with chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts) or chocolate sprinkles (I like Cacao Barry Vermicelles Fins Chocolat).
Yogurt makes this cake nice and moist. I normally use whole milk plain yogurt (Greek style) as I like its thick texture, and rich and tangy flavor. This batter also contains a flavorless oil (can use vegetable, corn, safflower, canola, or a light olive oil) instead of butter. The oil, along with the yogurt, gives the cake its moist texture, plus it will keep the cake from becoming too firm (unlike butter) when stored in the refrigerator.
This cake is excellent plain, but try it with the Chocolate Ganache, which is simply a rich and creamy combination of semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate with a little butter and heavy cream. Once the cake has cooled, and the Ganache has thickened, spread it over the top of the cake.
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