Recipe #103: Vanilla, coffee-chocolate and cherry marble cake

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Today I’m going to be both the welcome and the unwelcome ‘cake lady’ in the office. Welcome because I baked cake, unwelcome because I brought it in on a Monday after everyone’s indulgent weekends.

Those of you who’ve been following my blog will have noticed that I haven’t been baking as much recently. The weather is partially to blame – I really didn’t feel up to baking in the latter end of summer. Stress has also been the other dominating factor. I only bake when I’m happy and relaxed – so yesterday’s yummy cake was a good sign.

On Friday my colleague gave me some cherries she had left over from a cocktail photo shoot. I trawled the web to find a recipe I could include them in and stumbled across marble cake. Not only does this cake look impressive, it tastes fantastic – a rich and ever-so-slightly moist combination of vanilla and coffee-chocolate.

To make it you’ll need:
6oz unsalted butter
6oz cater sugar
3 eggs
8oz self raising flour
Pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp milk
2 tbsp extra strong coffee, cooled
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Glaced cherries

Method:
1. Grease and line and loaf tin and pre-heat your oven for 180 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl cream together your butter and sugar with a whisk. Beat your eggs in a separate bowl and pour into your butter and sugar mixture a little at a time, whisking in between.
3. Combine your flour and salt and sift into your mixing bowl. Fold it in.
4. Separate your mixture into two equal measures in separate mixing bowls. Add the milk to one half, combine and place to one side.
5. In a mug mix your coffee with your cocoa powder to creat a paste. Stir this into the other half.
6. Fold an equal amount of cherries into both mixtures.
7. Add a spoon of mixture at a time to your loaf tin, layering them randomly to create a marble effect. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until your cake tester comes out clean.
8. Leave to cool in the tin for a short while, turn out and allow to cool a little more before slicing.
9. Enjoy with a glass of milk or cup of tea!

What’s your favourite marble cake recipe?

Until tomorrow

Hayley Jayne xx

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