Marble cake 

As a kid, marble cake used to be a treat in our house. My brothers always had it soaked with custard as an after dinner treat – I never really got the appeal but made sense that I make one as a belated birthday treat.

225g butter (room temperature)
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
225g self raising flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbs cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 180C and line an 8″ cake tin or loaf tin.

1. Combine sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

2. Lightly beat the eggs adding half to the sugar followed by half the flour (I always sieve it), mix and repeat adding the vanilla essence to the mix too.

3. Pour half the mixture into another bowl and sieve in the cocoa powder. Mix until fully combined.

4. Alternate spoonfuls of both mixtures into the tin until all the mixture is used. Then use the handle of a spoon to ‘swirl’ through the cake mix.

5. Cook for around  40- 50 minutes or until an inserted fork comes out clean.

6. Cool in the tin if decorating (see the lovely job my toddler did). Tastes great slightly warm too.


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