Make afternoon tea special with Paul Hollywood's swirled marble cake

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Marble cake recipe Paul Hollywood

© Photography by Peter Cassidy 2012

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is famous for his amazing bread, but that doesn't mean he can't whip-up a mean cake.

Give his tasty marble cake recipe a try if you're slightly more advanced than a batch of fairy cakes...

Paul Hollywood's marble cake recipe


Serves: 8–10

Paul says, "This vanilla-scented cake is a real treat and it looks very impressive. Serve it ready-sliced so everyone can appreciate the marble pattern."

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 40ml full-fat milk
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Icing sugar for dusting

METHOD

Heat your oven to 180˚C. Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, beat the butter, 180g of the sugar and the vanilla extract together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at
a time, then sift the flour and baking powder over the mixture and fold in with 2 tbsp of the milk.

Spoon two-thirds of the mixture into the prepared loaf tin – it should three-quarters fill the tin.

Sift the cocoa over the remaining third of the mixture and fold in, together with the remaining 20g sugar and the last of the milk.

Spoon the chocolate mixture over the cake mixture in the tin, then run a fork through both mixtures, gently swirling the two together to create a marbled effect .

Bake for 55–70 minutes, until the cake shrinks slightly from the sides of the tin and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, testing the cake after 55 minutes.

Remove the cake from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Once cooled, dust with icing sugar.


PREP TIME

30 mins

COOK TIME

55-70 mins



How to Bake by Paul Hollywood, £8.86, amazon.co.uk

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