Happy 6th of December and what joys am I bringing you today…?
Today’s post is an easy to make Chocolate & Vanilla Marble cake, that can be made with little people or if in a hurry.

I originally got the recipe from BBC goodfoods (If you’ve never seen it, it’s an awesome site for recipes, have a look!) However I changed it slightly.

By cooking the cakes in slightly smaller sandwich tins (17cm) and using a chocolate buttercream in the middle, just so it’s not too dry! 
Cooking took a little less time, set for 30 mins and then start looking! 
However here is the recipe and method…

Heat oven to 180C/gas 160C/gas 4. Grease a 17cm cake tin and line bottom with greaseproof paper.

 If you want you can put all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder) into a food processor for 1-2 mins until smooth. 

If you prefer yo can either mix by hand or use a hand whisk, as I did! 

Beat butter and sugar together, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold through the flour, milk and vanilla extract until mixture is smooth.

Divide the mixture between 4 bowls. Stir the cocoa powder/drinking chocolate into the mixture in two of the bowls. Take a spoons and use it to add the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tins alternately. 
Use one chocolate and one plain vanilla per cake tin, so each cake tin has two bowls of mixture.

When all the mixture has been used, tap the bottom on your work surface to ensure that there aren’t any air bubbles. 

Take a skewer (if you have one! I didn’t, so I used a chopstick!) and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create the marbled effect.

Bake the cake for 30 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. 

I then made the chocolate buttercream, using

Mix butter and icing sugar well until smooth. Add in cocoa powder (I only had m&m drinking chocolate, so a few tiny M&M’s are also in the mix!) with the milk and mix again until smooth. Spread over the top of one cooled cake and then put the other cake on top!

I then dusted with icing sugar.

Just as a FYI, I used gluten free flour, as I didn’t have any other so it can made with either gluten free or just standard self-raising flour.

Enjoy… Do let me know if you have any easy recipes to make with kids…
Felicity xx


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