Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Cake




In an effort to try something new, I skipped my usual swiss meringue buttercream and made a butter roux frosting. Though I love how much less sugar and butter it uses, the slightly grainy texture doesn’t hold a candle to SMBC. I’m trying to branch out but I just can’t give it up!

While making this cake I had no vision/plan in mind so it isn’t executed as nicely as I’d like. Not a complete loss though, as the chocolate cake portion was a newly improved recipe that I’ll be using from now on. A perfectly light, soft, fine crumb. Not too rich but full of smooth chocolately flavor. I’m sold! I can’t wait to pair this cake with espresso swiss buttercream.

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la domestique September 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

I think the cake looks cool, and I can see potential here. The shades of brown make me think a chic hombre design could be interesting. I wish I could have a slice right now.

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matchboxkitchen September 21, 2012 at 2:06 am

Darn, why didn’t I think of that? I would have loved to see this as a gradient from chocolate on the bottom to vanilla on top.

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Angela September 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I was just about to say that I think the cake looks great too. I loved the way you decorated it!

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matchboxkitchen September 27, 2012 at 6:54 am

Thanks, Angela!

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Mallory September 22, 2012 at 4:32 am

“Not a complete loss” – It looks SCRUMPTIOUS / BEAUTIFUL, Sara!

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matchboxkitchen September 27, 2012 at 6:54 am

Thank you, Mallory! If you were a few hundred miles closer I would have gifted you the whole thing! How’s the moving to LA plan coming along? ;)

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Jenny @ BAKE September 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

absolutely gorgeous cake! it just looks stunning!

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matchboxkitchen September 27, 2012 at 6:55 am

Thank you! I guess I’m just disappointed because it’s not how I imagined it to turn out.

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Dyan September 27, 2012 at 4:13 am

This looks delicious!! You have the best cake recipes and photographs. :)

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matchboxkitchen October 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

You are too kind, thank you!

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Ralph October 9, 2012 at 6:17 am

Sara, I latched onto the site after seeing this cake on Pinterest. I AM HUGELY DISAPPOINTED! No cake recipe or means to mail order one for “google-eyed, chocolate cake addicted, fiends (spelling IS correct) ” back home. PLEASE tell me you are willing to correct this soon! :-)

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matchboxkitchen October 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Hi Ralph, thank you for your comment! I wasn’t planning on writing a recipe because it wasn’t a great cake, just alright. I am happy to write out some quick directions for you though!

I baked a simple chocolate cake (such as this one: http://bit.ly/R8eDOh) and a vanilla cake. Then I made a ermine/butter roux frosting (http://bit.ly/TBLBUg) , split it in half and mixed in melted chocolate in the other half. Between the layers I haphazardly swirled the two frostings in, and on the outside I pretty much did the same thing! Just make sure not to overwork the frosting too much as it’ll start getting muddy/too mixed up. Hope that helps!

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Belinda October 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

WHERE IS THE RECIPE?

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matchboxkitchen October 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I did not write a recipe, but here are some directions:

I baked a simple chocolate cake (such as this one: http://bit.ly/R8eDOh) and a vanilla cake. Then I made a ermine/butter roux frosting (http://bit.ly/TBLBUg) , split it in half and mixed in melted chocolate in the other half. Between the layers I haphazardly swirled the two frostings in, and on the outside I pretty much did the same thing! Just make sure not to overwork the frosting too much as it’ll start getting muddy/too mixed up.

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Pink Ronnie November 8, 2012 at 3:35 am

Oh my, this looks just stunning! I can’t believe that you just came up with this on the spot!
Ronnie xo
p.s. So happy to have found your blog via Elephantine!

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Cakes Cakes Cakes December 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

I can hear my post Christmas, pre new year’s diet resolutions going down the drain… Give me a piece of this cake now! :)

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Annabelle July 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

I think this is a fabulous looking cake. I just found this site and wonder if there is a reason there is no recipe?
I would love to try this myself…..very beautiful.

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Kitty July 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

It’s a lovely cake, very sophisticated looking. I’m not really a cake baker, but I’d like to try this one if the recipe was posted. I’d also like to know the recipe for the expresso swiss buttercream.

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Belle Garcia July 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I would love this recipe for the frosting and how you were able to create the swirl. It’s looks absolutely beautiful.

Thank you.

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Kass January 26, 2014 at 6:24 am

Could you send the recipe

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Melissa Ely May 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

Can you send me the recipe for this cake and the frosting? It looks amazing! Thank you.

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