I’m home, and on tenterhooks, awaiting a call from the estate agents to tell us if we got the flat we wanted.I don’t know what to do with myself.
I went on a bit of a baking mission after my final presentation. Got home, whipped up a couple of cakes. To aid in the whipping up of a quick cake, I decided to use margarine instead of butter. There’s a reason I never bake with margarine: for all its advantages, it just doesn’t provide the same amount of flavour and texture as butter. The marble cake looked very pretty though, it was a little heavy on the chocolate side, so not quite as pretty as it might have been. The cake itself, was rather dry and lacklustre, I’m not sure if this is because it was made with margarine, or slightly overcooked, both are likely, I think.
Basic Marble cake (with butter, how it should be)
6 oz butter
6 oz sugar
6 oz Self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp milk
100g dark chocolate (melted)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1tsp vanilla essence
Oven temp = 180˚C
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Sift in flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.
Split cake mix in half, to one half add the vanilla essence, to the other add the cocoa powder and melted chocolate and beat together.
Spoon layers of the chocolate mix and the vanilla mix into a greased and lined loaf tin. Then use a spoon or a knife to make a couple of figure of eights thorough the mixture to marble it.
Bake for around an hour or slightly less.