I’m getting a bit behind on my bakes, what with holidays, book releases and putting our house on the market by accident (more on that later in the week). I suspect that come Christmas, I’ll be baking every day trying to catch up before the New Year. Not that lots of festive cakes would necessarily be a bad thing…
Anyway. Marble cake.
I chose this cake because the daughter was having a particularly grumpy day, and has recently decided that everything is boring. (“Trees are boring, Mummy. Games are boring, Mummy. I want to do something unusual that I’ve never ever done before.”)
Cake is never boring. Chocolate cake doubly so. And a cake that has swirls of chocolate and vanilla cake mixed together… well, that’s practically magical, right?
Bake 19 – Magical Marble Cake
- 225g butter, softened
- 225g caster sugar
- 225g self raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs together with an electric whisk until pale and creamy.
- Place half the mixture in another bowl, and beat the vanilla into one bowl and the cocoa and milk into the other.
- Randomly dollop alternate spoonfuls of plain and chocolate mixtures into a greased and lined 8″ by 10″ tin, until all the mixtures have been used.
- To marble the cake, run the handle of a wooden spoon through the full depth of the mixture, making swirly patterns.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until it’s springy and starting to pull away from the tin.
- Cut into squares, astonishing children (and some adults) with the magic pattern.