Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Marble Cake Recipe. A Simple Home Baked Classic

Marble cakes are so delightful aren't they? Kids especially adore those mysterious and exciting swirly folds of delicious chocolate and vanilla flavours, all blended together seamlessly. I admit to liking these cakes too, maybe a little too much. I have always had a talent for downing a slice of marble cake whenever the opportunity presents itself. (Well, any cake really.) Who can resist cake? This recipe means I can enjoy a well-deserved slice whenever I wish and lately, that's been quite a bit. (Blame the cold.)
This recipe makes a loaf version of marble cake. It's a very pretty result and ideal for an anytime treat, lunchboxes or dress it up and make it a special celebration cake with some matching icing.

This particular recipe has a good dense texture that remains moist and holds together well with a very professional finish. I can't fault it. It works perfectly every time I have baked it which means it is in my oven fairly regularly.

Who has time for cake-fails?

If you're a reluctant baker and afraid of failures, then baking this one is a good place to start to set you on a more confident course. The tiny bit of technique that appears to be behind this more sophisticated-looking cake, is so simple to achieve. Don't be put-off if this is your stance on baking.

Enough convincing - get into this!

Classic Marble Loaf Cake Recipe
Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time 60 minutes.

1 cup of caster sugar
185 grams of unsalted margarine or butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2, 1/4 cups of self-raising flour
3/4 cup of milk
2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1-2 tablespoons of extra milk.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
Grease and line a regular loaf pan with butter and baking paper and dust with flour.

Add the butter, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer and whip together until the mixture appears pale yellow and creamed.
Add the eggs to the mixer bowl one at a time until each is blended into the butter mix.
Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the flour and the 3/4 of a cup of milk alternatively until a smooth cake batter results.

Carefully divide the cake batter between two bowls.
In a microwave-proof bowl, mix the two tablespoons of cocoa powder with the 1-2 tablespoons of extra milk and warm this in the microwave for around 15 seconds or until the cocoa has been dissolved in the milk. Add this chocolate mixture to one of the bowls of cake mix.

Add alternate spoonfuls of the vanilla and chocolate cake batter to your prepared pan. When complete, take a regular skewer and insert this into the cake mixtures and 'slice' it through the batter a few times to help create a swirl pattern in your cake.

Bake the cake for around 50-60 minutes, until the outer is lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. If you find the top is browning too fast, pop a small sheet of foil across the top of the cake to prevent it from burning.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack.
I like to ice this when I bake it because it adds to the fun. The cake pictured is iced with lemon icing (it goes with absolutely everything).

A little lemon icing drizzled on a marble cake makes a great cake, fantastic!

Caught tasting the goods!

Alternatively, cover your cake with a generous spread of pink or chocolate icing to match the interior.

For even more fun, colour the vanilla portion of your cake batter with another bright colour prior to baking, such as pink. This makes the cake so much prettier and can turn this into a very simple and fast birthday cake for those times when you've got to think on your feet.

A party version straight from the oven, cooled, iced and consumed immediately. Yum!
Do you bake marble cakes? Do you have any special tips to add?
Are you a reluctant baker or a confident one?

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  1. Oh yummy, I haven't seen a marble cake since I was a child. x

    1. Time to get baking then - they still taste just as good now.

  2. Replies
    1. I love these ones too. I have a huge stash of sprinkles. Can you ever have enough when you have kids (or a sweet-tooth)?

  3. Your marble cake looks amazing! My daughter loves making marble cakes too but the colours she insists on using are so bright and vivid!

    1. That sounds fantastic. I must get my teenaged daughter into these too.

  4. I love marble cake! It's one of my favourites. Your recipe looks delicious and so simple. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love marble cake! It's one of my favourites. Your recipe looks delicious and so simple. Thanks for sharing!

  6. It really is a classic! I used to love it when mum made them back in the day :)

    1. Memories to last a lifetime. I like to think my kids will always appreciate my baking. (They do hate my meals though!)

  7. I LOVE Marble Cake, it was my absolute favourite growing up and I remember being amazed at how Mum could create different colours inside of the cake!

    1. It's pretty spesh huh? It is so delicious too.

  8. Yum, I'll have to give this a go with my son, I remember marble cake from when I was a kid, thick slice with that fake pink icing.. yum :P At least this is the real deal!
    Jackie (Lipstick, Lattes & Louboutins)

    1. Your son will love it. This is one of those bakes that just keeps going with each generation. Thanks for stopping by. :D

  9. Wow, it's been a long time since I've had marble cake - going to try this soon (maybe this weekend?!) I'll let you know how fast it disappears, hahaha.


  10. I discovered just recently that I had no idea how to make a marble cake after those famous words, "how hard can it be?" I really needed to do more research. Yours is so pretty!

  11. I always wondered how to make a marble cake, it doesn't seem as hard as I suspected it would be. Maybe I might give it a try {although I'm not a huge sweet baker}. #teamIBOT

  12. I love marble cake and have been looking for a great recipe for it... Thanks for sharing this yummy looking marble cake. #TwinklyTuesday

  13. Sounds delicious and I love marble cake. #twinklytuesday xx

  14. Yum, it looks delicious and sounds so easy to make :)

    I'm not the best cooker or baker but every now and then I'll try a new recipe :)

  15. I'm going to put the kids to work in the kitchen over the holidays with this one. Thanks for sharing such a classic with YWF too.

  16. Do you know, I love baking but don't think I've ever made a marble cake! I must remedy this with a healthy dose of E numbers and make it multicoloured!

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