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The marble cake is what I would class as an essential recipe that anyone should be able to make because it gives the perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate.

It's also a great cake that needs no extra additions or creative decorations… it's fine just plain and simple and takes less than an hour to whip together.

Before starting you will need to preheat the oven to Gas mark 5, 190°C. Grease and line a rectangle oven tin roughly 30 x 19cm.

So, to start things off grab a large clean bowl, measure out 200g caster sugar and 200g soft margarine and beat them together to create a pale, smooth mixture.

Crack open 4 medium eggs into the bowl along with a tsp of vanilla essence, mix well and then gradually fold in 200g self-raising flour.

Pour half of the mixture into one side of the prepared tin, leaving about half in the bowl. Moving onto the chocolate part. Add to the remaining mixture in the bowl 20g of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of milk and fold in. Pour the chocolate mix into the other side of the tin so that the tin ends up one side vanilla and the other chocolate.  

Now here is the creative part…… using a knife swirl the mixture as little or as much as you like across both halves to create swirls of different flavours into the other halves and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until it springs back when lightly pressed.

Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool fully.

At this point you have two options which depends on how creative you are feeling. Option 1 you can cut it up and eat it right this second. Or…. You can make up some icing using 30g icing sugar and a few drops of water to flick across the top of the cake followed by some cherries to create that perfect afternoon treat with your cup of tea!

The Marvellous Marble Cake  - Posted on 3rd April 2016 -