Back to Basics : Chocolate Marble Cake

Marble cake is a classic childhood cooking memory for me, isn't it for you? Whether you end up using lurid colours for a psychedelic finish or just plain chocolate and vanilla (not to be underestimated!), it's a perfect teatime treat. Ingredients 225g butter, softened 225g caster sugar 4 eggs 225g self-raising flour 3 tbsp milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp cocoa powder Method 1. Heat oven to 180C/gas 160C/gas 4. 2. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper. 3. If you want to make life easy, simply put all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder) into a food processor and whizz for 1-2 mins until smooth. If you prefer to mix by hand, beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold through the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth. 4. Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. 5. Stir the cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls. 6. Take 2 spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tin alternately. 7. When all the mixture has been used up, tap the bottom on your work surface to ensure that there aren’t any air bubbles. 8. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect. 9. Bake the cake for 45-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 10. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. This cake will keep for 3 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months. If you eat it all on the same day you make it, well that's fine too.

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