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06/09/2010 14:32:00

Marble Cake

This recipe was taken from the Dorling Kindersley's Children's Baking Book.

Anna picked it because she liked the way it was swirly in the photo.

And because there was some element of chocolate in there, obviously.

I thought it would be fun to learn to swirl the colours together.

The Recipe
175g butter at room temperature
175g sugar
175g self raising flour
3 large eggs
grated zest of an orange
2tbsp orange juice
2tbsp cocoa

The oven temperature for this one is 180 degrees C / 350 F / Gas Mark 4.

I decided as it was only Anna cooking today that it was a good opportunity to practice a couple of skills, so she had a go at drawing round the cake tin bottom on greaseproof paper, and cutting it out. Not a bad job. Then she greased the tin with some butter and kitchen paper.

I also normally help a little with the measuring of ingredients, especially when the recipe adds everything into one bowl. I usually hold the bag so that they can't tip the whole thing in and have to scrape bits of flour out of a buttery eggy mess. But this time I thought Anna could manage it so she did all the measuring. Granted the sugar bag was half empty so it wasn't too heavy. She was really careful though. I did bottle it on the egg, and got her to break it into a separate bowl first so we could pick the few inevitable bits of shell out.

The recipe asks you to put everything except the cocoa into the bowl together. No creaming of butter and sugar etc required, just lob it in and mix.

This marble cake has some orange flavour in it. Using some orange zest and juice. Anna did a lot of the grating but got a bit fed up when it got to the little bits of skin left, so I finished it off. Then she juiced the orange. It wasn't a very juicy one so we only got the 2 tbsp we needed plus an extra mouthful.

After mixing everything, you have to take half the mixture out and put it in the corners of the cake tin. Then add the cocoa to the other half and put that in the middle.

Then the fun bit. Using a normal dinner knife, drag bits of white mixture into the chocolate and vice versa, so that the mixture is marbled but not mixed all together.

The recipe says bake the cake for about 30 minutes. The recipe calls for a 20cm square tin, ours is 18cm square, but to say it was that close in size, the cooking time was a lot different, I had to cook it for more like 40-45 mins to get the middle to stop wobbling by which time the outside was a little crunchy. It also peaked a bit whereas in the picture it is a traybake style flat affair.So if I made it again I would make it in my 18cm by 25cm oblong tin. Never mind, it still tasted good.

The Verdict

7/10 Anna (6) "I like the orangey taste and I like where the chocolatey bit mixes with the yellow bit, but I don't like the orange skin very much."
9/10 Jacob (8) "I like the mixture of the two colours and flavours. It's really good having the orange flavour in it, it gives it a real tang."
7/10 Dad "I really liked it. The best is when you get a mouthful with a mixture of light and dark. When you just have light, or just have dark, it's not nearly as tasty as a good marbled piece. I actually liked the crunchy crust on the outside!"
7/10 Mom "This was fun to make, and easy, which almost makes me give it an 8 because the experience of making it is pleasant. The cake looks pretty and it's quite satisfying to cut a piece and see the marbling. The flavours are good."


07/09/2010 10:26:00 by Sarah H

I always thought these marble cakes were difficult. This one looks dead easy, might well have a go with my little boy!

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