Sunday, 14 February 2010

∭ swirly for my girlie

sundays are baking days for us:
that's if we haven't already baked one on saturday:
usually I let Libbie decide what cake to make 
and being valentines she wanted a heart ❤ cake:
so ignoring that I've gone for this ↷
*no I'm not really that mean, it's just the heart cake tin we have is too 
small for this recipe*

swirly marble cake
now this cake can be made in a food processor if you have one:
not often you get to do that!
or use electric / good old fashioned hand whisk

you will need:
250g soft butter
250g plain flour
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
*1 tablespoon espresso powder 
*this is optional but I find it gives the cocoa a push*
1 tablespoon milk
zest of an orange and 3 tablespoons of the juice

preheat the oven to 180°c/ gas 4/350°f
line and grease a 22cm round *or square*  baking tin: 
chose your mixer and pile the butter, sugar, flour, eggs, orange zest, 
baking powder and bicarb and blitz/whisk/mix to a smooth batter:
now drizzle in the orange juice and mix again:
scoop half the mixture into a separate bowl and stir
in the cocoa powder, milk and espresso powder *if using*
dollop *I ❤ that word!* the light coloured cake mixture into your tin
and alternate with the chocolate one, like this ☟
when you have filled your tin with all the mixture:
take a skewer or knife and swirl swirl swirl:
*Libbie loves doing this bit*
then place your tin in the oven and bake for 35 minutes:
test after 30 minutes by putting a skewer in the middle >
if it comes out clean = done!
cool on a rack for ten minutes then remove from tin,
peel off baking paper and cool a bit more if you can resist:
sweet for my sweet ❤


  1. Wow that looks fab! I too have been baking lots this week, love the hols and baking on dreary days! Jenny x

  2. it was fab Jen: didn't last long!
    what have you baked?

  3. It's been a bake fest since last Friday! Chocolate cake Friday, Coconut cake on Sunday-kids fave! Dylan made meringues yesterday, Cherry and raisin muffins today, and pancakes! I'm being really good and not eating it! Honest! :)I am going to try the marbled cake at the weekend, looks great Dee x

  4. wOw you have been busy *and good*
    can I have your coconut cake recipe pretty please?

  5. Coconut cake

    I always do this the all in one method, never fails, and is always super moist!

    Set oven to gas 3

    Put all the following into a large mixing bowl:

    6 oz sieved from way up high Self raising flour
    1 rounded tsp baking powder
    6 oz caster sugar
    6 oz butter very soft room temp
    1 oz dessicated cocounut
    3 large eggs
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    3 fl oz water

    Whisk on full power, or lots of elbow grease for 1 min, until well combined and drops off spoon easily.

    Divide between two tins,greased and lined with greaseproof, you know...

    Bake for 30 to 35 mins

    Turn out onto rack to cool

    Coconut buttercream:

    3oz icing sugar
    2oz butter - very soft again
    drop vanilla essence
    tsp dessicated coconut
    drop water

    Mix up with spoon until well mixed and fluffy.

    I always fill mine with one sponge spread with strawberry or Raspberry jam, and the other half with coconut butter cream, then sandwich together. Keep a little of the buttercream back for the top of the cake and sprinkle with toasted dessicated coconut, and some glace cherries if you want to be really kitsch!

    Enjoy! Post some pics if you make it!

    I must open a blog on here and share some recipes. :) x


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