Marble cake

    1 hour 20 mins

    Cocoa powder gives this cake a rich chocolate flavour, but for an extra chocolate boost, try adding a little chopped chocolate to the batter.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 250 g butter
    • 230 g white sugar
    • Few drops of vanilla essence
    • 4 eggs
    • 500 g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 150 ml milk
    • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Use a 30- × 11-cm loaf tin. Lightly grease and flour tin, tapping out any excess. Preheat oven to 180°C.
    2. Place butter in a large mixing bowl; beat until creamy. Add sugar (reserve 1 tbsp) and essence and beat until well combined and pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, stirring until well combined. Sift flour and baking powder onto a plate. Reserve 2 tbsp milk and stir the rest into the batter, alternating it with the flour. Spoon two-thirds of the batter into the prepared tin.
    3. Stir sifted cocoa powder, 1 tbsp sugar and the last of the milk into the remaining cake batter and spread over the batter in the tin.
    4. Twist a fork through the layers of batter to produce a marbled effect. Smooth the top and bake for 60–70 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool.

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    I had exactly the same result as the comment directly below even though I followed the recipee exactly. Very dry cake.  -  30 Jul 2012  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Not sure if these measurements are correct even though the cake turned out in the end. Seemed like too much flour and not enough sugar or milk. The batter was quite thick and the cake ended up a little dry so the recipe needs a little tinkering.  -  01 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)