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.
- 175g unsalted butter
- 175g caster sugar
- 175g self raising flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp hot water
- Heat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and prepare a 20cm round cake tin.
- Cream butter and sugar together until pale and, you know, creamy.
- Add eggs, flour and baking powder and beat until mixture is smooth.
- Put cocoa in another bowl with water and stir to form a smooth paste. Add half of the sponge mixture and thoroughly mix.
- Spoon mixtures into prepared tin to create the marble effect.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until sponge is risen and golden brown on the outside.
Hence, Left 4 Marble Cake and the definitely blood red sponge inside the cake.