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How to Bake a Marble Cake

Swirly, soft and irresistible, the marble cake is a sight to behold! Typically flavoured with chocolate and vanilla, this fun cake boasts a mesmerising marbled pattern throughout, observed once sliced. The humble marble cake has grown over the years, with bakers using different colours to achieve wonderful patterns throughout the sponge. This is how we do it.

Method 1 Ingredients:

  • 25g of Caster Sugar
  • 2 level tsp of Baking Powder
  • 225g of Softened Butter
  • 275g of Self-Raising Flour
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp of Milk
  • 2 tbsp of Hot Water
  • 1 ½ level tsp of Cocoa Powder

Method 1 Optional Icing Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp of Milk
  • 25g of Butter
  • 100g of Icing Sugar
  • 25g of Melted White Chocolate
  • 15g of Cocoa Powder

Method 2 Ingredients:

  • 225g of Caster Sugar
  • 2 level tsp of Baking Powder
  • 225g of Softened Butter
  • 275g of Self-Raising Flour
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp of Milk
  • Food Colouring /Gel Food Colouring (of your choice)

Method 1 Equipment:

  • 2lb Loaf Tin
  • Greaseproof Paper
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Electric Hand Whisk
  • 2 x Smaller Mixing Bowls
  • Skewer
  • Cooling Rack
  • Small Saucepan

Method 2 Equipment:

  • 2 x 20cm Round Cake Tins
  • Greaseproof Paper
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Electric Hand Whisk
  • Smaller Mixing Bowls
  • Skewer
  • Cooling Rack
Baking

METHOD 1: Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C (140°C fan or gas mark 3). Lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin and line it with strips of greaseproof paper over the base and up the sides.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, flour, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract and milk using an electric hand whisk for about 2 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Spoon half of this mixture into a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix hot water with cocoa powder in a small bowl until smooth. Allow this mixture to cool before adding it to one of the separated cake batters, and then mix well until fully combined.
  4. Take your prepared loaf tin and introduce the two mixtures together by alternating random spoonfuls into the tin, until all the mixture is used up. Gently run a skewer or knife through the mixture in swirling motions, but don’t over mix. Level the top and place in the oven to bake for between 50 minutes and 1 hour, until your mixture is well risen, springy on top, and just shrinking away from the sides of the loaf tin.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack. Remove the paper and leave to cool completely.

Optional Icing:

  1. To decorate, make the icing by melting the butter in a small pan, then add the cocoa powder and stir together until blended. Then, heat for about a minute.
  2. Stir in the milk and icing sugar, remove from the heat, and then mix again thoroughly. At this stage, allow the icing to thicken before pouring it on top of the cooled cake, and then spread it over evenly. Finally, drizzle melted white chocolate all over the top!

METHOD 2: Rainbow Marble Cake:

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from method 1, but swap the loaf tin for two 20cm round cake tins.
  2. Once you’ve made your cake mixture, spoon it into separate small bowls. Make sure you have enough for the amount of colours you want to use.
  3. Colour each individual cake mixture with whatever colour you like – ensure you mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Retrieve your prepared cake tins and dollop random blobs of batter into each one in random sequences, then swirl it about with a skewer or knife until the mixture looks marbled. Make sure you do this gently and don’t over mix the batter, or you won’t achieve a marbled effect.
  5. Bake for between 25 and 30 minutes – it should be springy to the touch and cooked all the way through. Check this by putting a skewer into the middle of the cake and seeing whether it’s clean once removed.
  6. Decorate however you wish with icing, edible decorations, and whatever else you think up!
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