Marble Cake - sounds exotic and difficult to bake, however, it is one of the easiest and even a lazy baker like me can bake one. A marble cake is basically made of 2 different flavours and the marbling effect is achieved by spooning alternate colours of cake mix into the cake tin. Vanilla and chocolate/cocoa flavours are popular choices. A marbling effect is achieved by swirling the cake mix into different patterns.Follow this simple recipe to bake this simple yet delicious cake.
Prep time: 30mins
Cook time: 50-60mins
Serves: 8-10 slices
175g castor sugar
225g self raising flour
pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp back coffee ( cold)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Pre-heat oven to 160deg and grease and line a 900g cake tin.
In a big bowl, beat castor sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one by one and beat well after adding each one.
Now add the vanilla extract and mix well.
Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and fold well, ensuring there are no lumps(do not beat)
Divide the mixture equally and pour 1/2 of the mixture into another big bowl.
In the first cake mixture, add the milk and gently mix well.
Add the black coffee and cocoa powder and make a smooth paste.
Add this cocoa and coffee paste into the 2nd cake mixture. Gently mix till the cake batter becomes chocolatey in colour.
Spoon both batters alternately into the cake tin to make a pattern. Insert a tooth pick or skewer and swirl the mixture to form patterns.
Tap the cake tin on the counter a couple of times to get rid of air bubbles. Put the tin in the pre-heated oven.
Bake for about 50-53mins. Check if it is cooked by inserting a skewer and if it comes out clean the cake is baked.
Let the cake rest inside the tin of 10mins., remove it from the tin and let it rest for on a cake rack. The cake should be cooled completely before slicing. Enjoy your marble cake with a hot cup of tea!
Hints & tips: If you do not have self raising flour you can use plain flour. Mix 2tsp of baking powder to every 150g or 1 cup of plain flour.
I had become a bit lazy and did not pour the cake mix diligently in a pattern, you may make a chess board pattern or swirl the mix to make feather like designs, depending on how creative you are. You can also get your kids to design it!.