New Home Cake
I was asked by mum to make a new home cake for my Aunt as she has just moved house.
I made a chocolate and vanilla marble cake. It was such fun to make and nice to have a slice of too!
It was a very simple decoration just a few pieces of sugar paste to make roof tiles and the lettering and I think it looked very cute.
The marble cake with the top cut off to level it before icing.
Cut to make it looks like a house.
Marble cake recipe
For the cake
225g (8oz) butter, softened
225g (8oz) caster sugar
275g (9¾oz) self-raising flour
2 level tsp baking powder
4 medium eggs
2.5 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2.5 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp hot water
For the icing (or you can use chocolate ganache or buttercream)
100g (4oz) butter
50g (2oz) cocoa powder, sifted
6-8 tbsp milk
400g (14oz) icing sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Lightly grease the cake tin (I used a 24cm square tin) and line the bottom with non-stick baking parchment.
Measure the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk and vanilla extract into a large bowl and beat with a hand-held electric mixer for about two minutes, until well blended. Spoon half into another bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and hot water together until smooth. Allow to cool slightly, then add to one of the bowls of cake mixture, mixing well until evenly blended.
Spoon the mixtures in to the tin and swirl together to get the marbling effect. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the cake is well risen, springy to the touch and starting to shrink away from the sides of the tin. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool completely.
To make the icing, melt the butter in a small pan, add the cocoa powder, stir to blend and cook gently for one minute. Stir in the milk and icing sugar, then remove from the heat and mix thoroughly. If necessary, leave the icing on one side, stirring occasionally, to thicken. Spread the cold cake evenly with the icing.
Happy baking x