I was having a pretty shitfest of a day, until I saw Rachel Allen whip up this marble cake in a couple of minutes on her television show Bake! It’s an old fashioned cake, perfect for tea-time or any other time you need a pick-me-up. Here’s how you can recreate this cake..
It’s one of my all-time favourites, I’ve been baking this cake for as long as I remember and it was so good to be able to make it with a new and supremely easy recipe.
Adapted by Rachel Allen
225g (8oz) butter, softened
225g (8oz) caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
225g (8oz) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
50ml (1 ¾ fl oz) milk
50g (2oz) cocoa powder, sifted
20cm (8in) diameter cake tin
– Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
– Grease the cake tin with butter, dust flour and line the bottom with parchment paper.
– Cream the butter in a large bowl using a wooden spoon. Add caster sugar, mix until incorporated.
– Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Gradually add the eggs to the butter mixture, beating all the time.
– Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in gently to mix, then add the milk and mix gently to combine.
– Divide the mixture into two halves. Fold in the sifted cocoa powder into one half.
– Place the cake mixtures into the prepared tin by alternating spoonfuls of the vanilla batter with the chocolate batter, then with a skewer or similar implement, gently draw swirls through the cake mixture to ‘marblise’ it. Don’t overmix or you won’t have that wonderful marble effect.
– Bake for 45 minutes. Test by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean your cake is ready.
– Allow it to cool before serving.