Marvellous Marble Cake

31 Aug

Up early to make a marble cake. A cakefan had friends coming to tea and asked if I would make her a Marble Cake, and of course I was only too happy to do so. Such a fun cake to make!
Want the recipe? Here goes…

You’ll need to use measuring cups for this one and two large mixing bowls, and be warned, it makes a rather humungous cake. Depending on how greedy your guests are you could probably get 10 generous slices from it.

Heat the oven to 160 C and spray or grease a 23cm ring tin. I used a silicone mold this time, slightly smaller than 23cm and as you can see it rose quite dramatically above the top.

Melt 100g really dark chocolate, either over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave and put to one side.

Into one mixing bowl sift together 4 cups plain flour, half a teasppon salt ,  4 teaspooons Baking Powder and put to one side. In the second mixing bowl, cream 250g butter together  with one and a half cups of caster sugar. Take your time, mix slowly, get the butter and sugar really smooth and thick and pale creamy-looking. Now add four eggs, one at a time, to the creamed mixture, beating really well after the addition of each egg. Stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence.

Now you’ll need one cup of milk at the ready, and alternately add a little of the flour mixture, then the milk, then the flour, then the milk to the creamed mixture, until you’ve used them all up, and beat like crazy for about a minute to get everything beautifully smooth and combined.

Now divide this batter in half, and add the melted chocolate to one half and blend really well.

At last, the fun begins. Drop alternate spoonfuls of light and dark batter into the prepared tin. Then using a skewer or long bladed knife, gently cut through the batter two or three times. Show some restraint! Don’t overdo it or you’ll end up with beige cake and who wants beige cake? No, you want a marbled effect, nothing more.

Pop this scrumptiousness into the oven and ignore it for 1and 1/4 hours. Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack for ten minutes and then turn out. No need to ice, a sprinkle of icing sugar will do.

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6 Responses to “Marvellous Marble Cake”

  1. frugalfeeding August 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    It looks awesome. I’ll have to get myself one of those cake tins, cakes that come out of them look so pretty. I’ve never made a marble cake, but I shall have to.

    • Edyth Miles August 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      Thanks so much for the comment, frugalfeeding! The silicone molds are brilliant and the cakes turn out really well. I definitely recommend investing in a few 🙂

  2. jennypottery August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Here I am, the Cakefan who commissioned this marbellous cake! It was absolutely delicious, we all had greedy moments, everyone had seconds, and probably would have had thirds if we weren’t full.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    xxx

    • Edyth Miles August 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

      It was a pleasure to make. And a pleasure to share!

  3. Zara Pryce October 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Looks delicious! It’s a very ‘German’ looking cake, as they love marble cake here and do a lot of ring shaped cakes. You’d love the baking equipment sections in our local supermarkets! x

  4. Edyth Miles October 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Baking equipment shops are my idea of heaven. Dinghams in Winchester is one of my favourite places in the universe. Whether I actually need any more baking gadgets and gizmos is open to discussion 🙂

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