Check out this short and too cute for words video blog of my cousins Alex, Isobel and Zac along with son Oliver making my Auntie Loulla’s famous Marble Cake. Recipe below too.
- 200 ml (7 floz) vegetable oil
- 225g (8oz) caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- juice of 1 large orange and the zest
- 200 ml (7 fl oz) milk
- A few drops of vanilla extract
- 450g (1 lb) plain, fine flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder or 100g (4 oz) 70% plain melted chocolate
- 2 tablespoons milk-extra
- flaked almonds (optional)
For the Topping:
- Icing sugar for dusting
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/375 f/ Gas Mark 5.
Beat together the oil and sugar in a mixing bowl and gradually add the eggs one at a time. Mix in the orange juice, zest, milk and vanilla extract and fold in the sifted flour and baking powder until smooth.
Take one third of the cake mixture, place it in a small jug and mix in the cocoa powder or melted chocolate with the 2 tablespoons of extra milk.
Pour half the plain cake mixture into a greased and floured 1.2 litre (2 pint) cake ring known in Germany as a ‘Kugelhopt’* and pour the cocoa mixture into the ring. Pour the remaining cake mixture on top and do not worry if the cocoa mixture or chocolate is not completely covered. Tap the cake ring gently to level the surface, sprinkle the almonds (if using) and bake in the pre heated oven for approxiately 50 minutes or until the cake is nicely brown (test with a skewer). Allow the cake to cool in the tin then place a plate on top of the tin and gently tip it upside down onto another plate. Finally, dust with icing sugar.
* You can buy the cake tin from John Lewis and sometimes in supermarkets or order online.
Recipe ©Loulla Astin.