Baking Marble Cake

Saturday, August 10

Last Sunday my boyfriend and I headed to a family BBQ to celebrate a birthday.
I decided to take a pudding course with me and made my first marble cake...

Marble cake looks so fancy and difficult to make, so I wasn't sure that I could pull it off and ensure that it looked as elegant as this...

I set to work to find a recipe that made it seem easy, and surprisingly I found quite a few.
I'd never realised that the marble effect took so little effort. All you have to do is dollop spoonfuls of a plain sponge and chocolate sponge mix into a cake or loaf tin alternatively and give it a little swirl if you wish.

So here's my easy peasy marble cake recipe, courtesy of basking Queen Mary Berry:

225g softened butter
225g caster sugar
275g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp hot water

Preheat the over to 160 degrees and lightly grease and line a loaf tin.
Add the butter, sugar, flour, backing powder, eggs, milk and vanilla extract into a bowl and beat with an electric hand-mixer for about two minutes. Spoon half of the mixture into another bowl and set both aside.
In another bowl, mix the coca powder and hot water together until smooth. Add this to one of the cake mix bowls and mix until smooth.
Spoon the vanilla and chocolate mixes randomly into the prepared tin and level the surface.
Cook for 50 minute and cool. Once cooled turn out onto a wire rack and remove parchment paper.

Here's how my marble cake turned out...

I was pretty impressed and it went down well at the BBQ I took it to!