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.
- 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
- 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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