This is my first ever baking blog post, as requested by some very awesome friends of mine.
I’m starting this blog off with one of my personal favourite traybakes, a marble cake. Extraordinary easy to make (basically just one of those all in one bakes) but very very delicious.
So here it goes…
8oz (225g) soft margarine
8oz (225g) caster sugar
10oz(275g) self-raising flour
2tsp baking powder
4 medium sized eggs
2tbsp semi-skimmed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp hot water
2oz(50g) plain chocolate chips
For the icing:
2oz(50g) milk chocolate
2oz(50g) white chocolate
Time for the method…
To start pre-heat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 (if using an electric oven, make sure the fan isn’t on), then line a 12 x 9 in (30 x 23cm) roasting tin with a piece of greaseproof paper which is big enough to fold over the sides.
Measure out the margarine, sugar, flour (sieved), baking powder, eggs, milk and vanilla into a large mixing bowl and blend (with a hand mixer or wooden spoon) until well combined and smooth. Be careful not to over beat the mixture, as it won’t rise as much. Then spoon half the mixture into the tin, dotting it spoonfuls apart.
Next, in a small bowl combine the cocoa and hot water. Allow this is slightly cool and then add to the remaining cake mixture along with the chocolate chips. Spoon this into the tin to fill the gaps, using a skewer swirl the vanilla and chocolate mixtures together until the desired pattern is created.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30-35 minutes (on the middle shelf) or until the cake in golden and springs back when pressed in the centre. Leave to cool slightly, then remove from tin onto a cooling rack.
Melt both the white and milk chocolate separately, using a tea spoon drizzle both types of chocolate onto the cake alternatively. Leave to set for 30 minutes and cut into squares.
And that’s it, enjoy!
Of course feel free to experiment with different flavours and textures. Maybe red velvet and vanilla marble with cream cheese frosting? or chocolate orange and vanilla marble? Good luck 🙂