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A chocolate and orange marble cake for International Chocolate Cake Day

Friday, January 27, 2017

It's International Chocolate Day today! To celebrate, here is my recipe for a Chocolate Orange Marble Cake. You really should give this a try- it tastes as good as it looks!


Sometimes when I am feeling a bit stressed, I find it very therapeutic to bake a cake. There is something about the routine of measuring and mixing that is very soothing.  I also find that I have to concentrate on what I am doing which is a very good distraction from whatever is bothering me.

My cake of choice has always been a lemon drizzle cake or a Victoria Sandwich as they are so easy to make and deliciously moist. I do like to try other cakes too just for variety.  Because it is International Chocolate Day, I decided to try an orange and chocolate marble cake.  I have made marble cakes before but never with chocolate and orange which is a lovely combination.

This is surpisingly easy to make and looks really impressive.  The only downside is having an extra bowl to wash up but that is a small price to pay for a yummy cake!

Recipe and instructions are below.

 

Ingredients

  • 225g very soft butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 large orange, zest and 1 tbsp orange juice
  • a few drops orange food colouring (I used gel colouring which is really easy to manage)
  • 75g chocolate

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  • Line a 2lb baking tin
  • Beat the butter and sugar together
  • add the eggs and flour
  • Split the mixture into two bowls, stir the cocoa powder into milk and add to one
  • Beat the orange juice, zest and orange food colouring into the other.
  • Spoon alternate dollops of the mixture into the cake tin, then use a skewer to create a marble pattern by dragging it through the mixture in swirls.
  • Bake the cake for 45 - 55 mins until golden and risen, and a skewer poked in comes out clean.
  • Leave the cake in the tin to cool, then turn out.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over barely simmering water or gently in the microwave.
  • Pour the chocolate into a plastic food bad and snip off the corner.  This makes a simple piping bag to drizzle the chocolate.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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