Happy anniversary Korje! It has been one year since I published my first post on this blog, and to mark this, I decided to bake a little cake with my kids. My four year old has been disturbing for weeks that he wanted to bake a birthday cake for me, he couldn't bake one for me when my birthday finally came because he was ill. So this was an opportunity to finally give him what he had been asking for.
Since I was going to make the cake with the kids, I wanted something that they were going to have fun making, that's how I decided on a Chocolate vanilla marble cake. I knew they were going to enjoy spooning the two colours of batter into the pan and swirling it around. This cake is simple yet delicious, a nice way for people to enjoy both flavours. The whole baking and frosting experience with the kids was so much fun!
I am grateful to you, my blog family, for being there this past year. I'm looking forward to a great year.
2 cups flour
3/4 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp vanill extract
Pre-heat oven to 170 C
Sieve flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Whisk and set aside.
Cream sugar and margarine in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
Put the flour and milk alternately in about three batches, mix well after each addition.
Add vanilla extract to the batter and mix well. Pour half the batter into a separate bowl and add cocoa to it, mix properly.
Spoon the batter into an already prepared (dusted and greased) 9 inch pan. Using a separate spoon, scoop the vanilla into the pan, scoop the chocolate batter and place it right next to it. Continue this way until the batter finishes. My kids enjoyed scooping the batter so much.
Use the rounded base of a spoon or a pastry brush to swirl the batter lightly.
Put in the oven and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not over bake. I forgot and left this one in the oven longer than I should have, it got burnt a little. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Place on a rack and allow to cool completely. For how to bake this cake without an oven, see 'My first cake'.
Frost with buttercream. We frosted this with buttercream. We had some chocolate covered almonds so we used those too. Melted chocolate was poured on the cake.