Marble cake: “Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Bake. How do you do? I am a Marble cake. There are other cakes around me but this is my moment and this space is dedicated to me. I am one of the most respectable cakes in the world – so don’t be surprised. Quite often I find my self in the first few pages of any recipe book. Remember recipe books, those marvellous collection of pages in which beauties like me have their history recorded. As a matter of fact the lady who is taking notes, has a few different versions of me in her own recipe book. That is how one starts a baking journey. You bake a cake like me and if it’s a good one you are on a successful road to becoming a wonderful baker. I might be a simple cake, but I am very beautiful in my simplicity. I am tough but my texture is crumbly. I am sweet but not too sweet. I like being served with a cup of tea but I am mixed with yoghurt. You can spread a thin layer of butter on a slice of me but I am baked with oil. I am white and I am black. Ladies and gentlemen I am Marble Cake”.
Me:”well I don’t really have anything to add. Marble cake has said it all”.
Kids: “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one”… No, not really. We are going to the Zoo and these will make wonderful snack for all the kids who came along.
250 gr plain flour
225 ml yoghurt
125 ml vegetable oil
200 gr caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 tablespoons cocoa
Heat oven to 160C. Grease loaf tin with oil and dust with cocoa powder.
Whisk eggs with sugar until very pale and fluffy. Slowly add oil, mixing constantly until the mixture becomes thick and smooth. Mix baking powder with flour before you start adding it to the mixture. Add 1/3 of the yoghurt, mix slowly and then add 1/3 of the flour from the recipe, repeat until you use all the yoghurt and flour.
Divide mixture into two and into one of them add cocoa and mix thoroughly before use. Alternately pour the two mixture into a greased tin by swirling the mixtures together or if you like you can use a wooden skewer to create your own unique marble design. Bake for 50 minutes or until done.
Cool on a cooling rack and dust with powdered sugar before use.