WITH IT being the semi-finals on Great British Bake Off tonight, I thought I would share an extra baking post this week, making up for all those Fridays I've missed out on! Well, as you can see from the title, this was supposed to be a marble cake but despite swirling the finishing mixture several times, I didn't quite achieve the marble effect I had hoped for. Tasted delicious though and even better with a good helping of custard, mmmmm
225g butter (room temperature)
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour (sifted)
3 tblsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1. Lightly grease a loaf tin and line the bottom with greaseproof paper. The oven will need to be to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4.
2. In a large bowl, blend together the butter, sugar, flour, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Using a hand-mixer, beat until combined. (This can be done by hand, it will just take longer.) Once the mixture is well blended, place half the mixture in a separate bowl.
3. To one half of the mixture, add the cocoa powder and mix until the cocoa has been blended into the mixture.
4. Spoon one layer of the vanilla mixture and follow with a layer of the cocoa mixture. Repeat until both mixtures have been used up. At this point, swirl the layers in a figure of 8 using a fork-this may or may not work, see above evidence!
5. Bake the cake for around an hour. Check with a skewer to make sure the cake has fully baked. Leave to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy! (Original recipe found here, tweaked slightly.)