This is a really good cake to have in your baking repertoire – it looks impressive but is straight forward to make and doesn’t need icing. It’s a winner in our family (probably because it involves chocolate) and the kid’s love to help make it.
The recipe was printed in a free pull out section of the Daily Mail (this is not a paper that I’m a fan of but my father-in-law gave it to me…honest). It comes from Paul Hollywood’s ‘How to Bake’.
I for one am looking forward to the new series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ now that the World Cup has ended and there is literally nothing worth watching on TV.
Serves 8 – 12
- 200g butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of good quality vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 250g plain flour
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 3 tablespoons of full fat milk (although I used semi-skimmed because we don’t buy full fat and it was just fine)
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
Heat the oven to 180oC fan and line a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment.
In a large bowl beat the butter, 180g of the sugar and the vanilla extract until light and fluffy (I use an electric hand whisk).
Beat in the eggs one at a time then sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and gently fold in with 2 tablespoons of the milk.
Spoon two thirds of the mix into the prepared tin.
Sift the cocoa powder into the remaining mixture, add the remaining 20g of sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk and fold until well incorporated.
Spoon the chocolaty mixture into the tin then run a fork through both mixes, swirling the two together to make a marbled effect.
Bake in the oven for 45-70 minutes – testing with a skewer after 45 minutes to see whether it is done (it’s done if the skewer comes out clean). Paul leaves his for 55 – 70 minutes but mine was done after 50 minutes.
Remove the cake from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
You can dust the top with icing sugar if you want it to look pretty.
NOTE: I would advise making this cake when you know it will be eaten up quickly (if you’re having people to stay for the weekend for example). The use of butter and no icing means that it doesn’t keep that well and dries out within a couple of days. If you do have some left however, then you can refresh by zapping each slice in the microwave for a bit (10-20 seconds should do it).