LET'S BAKE: Marble Cake

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I love baking. There is nothing more therapeutic than spending an evening or weekend in the kitchen baking away. With that in mind when Ross’ brothers birthday was fast approaching I thought I’d try my hand at making him a marble cake.

 

Marble cakes are something I was first introduced to by Stand Up To Cancer’s British Bake Off and I first fell in love instantly. Of course being a blogger, anything marble will automatically get my seal of approval. And thanks to multiple Good Food recipes I was able to create my own. To keep things simple, I went for a chocolate and vanilla mix. However, if you’re looking for a colourful marble cake you can just use a vanilla mix, split it in half and add different coloured food colouring to each one.

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INGREDIENTS

Icing:

  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk

Cake:

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

RECIPE

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C / Gas 160C / Gas 4. Then grease a 20cm cake tin, I got mine from Sainsbury’s and it has a removable bottom — ideal for when you need to wrestle it out the tin.
  2. Beat the softened butter and sugar together, then add the eggs — one at a time — mixing it well after each one is added. Fold in the flour - sieved, milk and vanilla extract until your mixture is smooth. If you have a food processor you can just pop all the ingredients — except the cocoa powder — in and mix for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  3. Next, divide the mixture between two bowls and stir the cocoa powder into one of the mixtures. Then use two spoons to dollop the vanilla and chocolate mixes into the tin alternately. Once all the mixture is used up, ensure that the tin is fairly evenly covered and tap the bottom of your tin against your kitchen top to get rid of any air bubbles.
  4. Finally, take a skewer and swirl it around the tin to create the marbled effect. Then bake for 45-55 minutes - you’ll know it’s ready when a skewer can be inserted into the centre and comes out clean. Once baked, remove from the tin and leave to cool on a baking rack.

 

Once your cake is cool, it’s ready to be iced.

 

  1. Put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl to melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. You can also heat it over a pan of simmering water.
  2. Mash the butter and sieved icing sugar together, with a fork at first then moving onto a wooden spoon.
  3. Then sift in the cocoa and pour melted chocolate and the milk and mix until smooth.
  4. Now, you’re ready to decorate your cake!

 

After all that, it’s time to treat yourself with a cuppa tea and a slice of delicious cake — You’ve earned it!


In an effort to get myself baking more, I’m going to try brining more of these recipe posts to the blog. So, I hope you enjoyed my first try at a recipe post. Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you make the cake and let me know what you thought of it.


    "Til Next Time — Laura xo