Left 4 Marble Cake

Left 4 Marble Cake

I typically don’t decorate anything I bake because there’s never any real demand for it. Getting a design just right isn’t particularly rewarding when your cake is scoffed down in a fraction of the time it took to prepare it.

Birthday cakes are different though, I think. They’re all about the recipient and making them feel special, which I think I just about managed with my brother’s recent birthday.

I offered to bake him something for his birthday and he asked for a marble cake. Easily done.

Marble Cake
A tiny bit fancier (and tastier!) than a plain sponge
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 175g unsalted butter
  2. 175g caster sugar
  3. 175g self raising flour
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1 tbsp cocoa
  7. 1 tbsp hot water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and prepare a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until pale and, you know, creamy.
  3. Add eggs, flour and baking powder and beat until mixture is smooth.
  4. Put cocoa in another bowl with water and stir to form a smooth paste. Add half of the sponge mixture and thoroughly mix.
  5. Spoon mixtures into prepared tin to create the marble effect.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until sponge is risen and golden brown on the outside.
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Marble cakes are something you make for your gran coming round, not your brother’s 18th birthday, so I had to spice it up at least a little bit. I’d never properly decorated a cake before so I wanted a simple design that’d at least be recognisable to him, and I think I got there eventually with the Left 4 Dead logo.

Hence, Left 4 Marble Cake and the definitely blood red sponge inside the cake.

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