I recently watched the Comic Relief Great British Bake Off and I was left in stitches at the celebrities attempts at baking, some highly skilled for amateur bakers, others clearly need to stick to their day jobs, mentioning no names - Jonathon Ross. It provided great entertainment nonetheless. The baking of the marble cake, left me with a hankering for some marble cake myself. So I set about googling marble cake. I came across a very easy recipe for the marble cake on the BBC Food website; so I used that recipe with a tweak or two from myself.
I find the BBC Food website is a fantastic outlet for cooking/baking ideas; and is great bedtime reading on the mobile version in bed.
Here's how I made my marble cake. Just in time for a weekend treat!
- 175g of soft butter
- 175g of caster sugar
- 3 free range eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 225g of self raising flour
- 2 tbsp of milk
- 1 tbsp of orange blossom
- Zest of an orange
- 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease and line a loaf tin (or just use a silicone tin - they are all the rage now don't you know).
- Cream the butter and the sugar with an electric whisk, until pale and fluffy.
- Add the beaten eggs a little at a time whilst continuing to whisk.
- Whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Sift in the flour and gently fold into the beaten egg, sugar, & butter mixture.
- Divide the batter into 2 equal parts.
- Sift the cocoa powder into one mixture and stir the orange blossom and orange zest into the second mixture.
- Add large spoons of each mixture into the loaf tin, alternating to give a marble effect. I used a skewer to swirl the mixture a little for a more marbled pattern.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Bake until a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely in the tin before turning out.
- Enjoy with a big cup of tea or coffee.