With getting to work from home since March, I have had enough time to look out for the unfinished chores at home and tend to my love for baking. Cakes are brilliant mood enhancers – just a bit of your regular kitchen staples mixed together into something so divine and delicious.
Just the way most of like to try two different flavours of ice cream at the price for one, many want the same with cakes.
Hence for my love for cakes, I’ll be sharing a simple recipe for marble cake – a pretty dual colour sponge cake with flavours of both vanilla and chocolate. The reason behind the name is the appearance, as it resembles a polished piece of marble when you slice through the soft and aromatic spongy cake.
It is as simple as regular cake, but your artistry can make it look prettier!
All-purpose flour – 100 gm (1 cup)
Sugar – 1 cup
Butter (room temperature) – 100 gm
Cocoa powder – 3 tbsp
Eggs – 3
Vanilla extract – 2 drops
Baking powder – 1tsp
- In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
- Then add the eggs one at a time and beat them well until properly incorporated.
- Add the vanilla extract and mix
- Now sift the flour and baking powder in the bowl and give it a quick mix
- Separate the batter in 2 bowls in equal parts
- In one of the bowls add the cocoa powder and mix it well
- Grease and dust a baking mould, and pour in the batters alternately. Tap the mould throughout the process, to release any air bubble trapped in there.
- Shove the mould in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
- Once done, insert a wooden toothpick in the centre, if it comes out clean your cake’s ready. If not, let it bake for another 5 minutes, and repeat the toothpick test.
- Take out the mould from the oven and let it cool for some time before you de-mould the cake.
Things to note
- It’s good to add a pinch of salt to the batter, but if you’re using salted butter refrain from doing so or your cake will end up too salty.
- To grease and dust the mould, rub a little butter lightly in the sides and the bottom of the inside of the pan. Then sprinkle some flour all over the mould and tap around to spread it evenly. Do not use a spoon/hand to spread the dry flour.
- Remember to preheat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius, for about 10 minutes while you prepare the batter. DO NOT start pre-heating the oven after making the batter. Resting the batter after adding baking powder will not be helpful, as the cake won’t rise.
Enjoy a marvellous marble cake with some tea or add in your choice of frosting on top! Try this simple recipe at home and let me know about your experience in the comment below. Happy baking!