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17.6.12

Vanilla and Chocolate Marble Cake

Being a stay at home mum means I obviously don't have a regular income and therefore can't treat my husband as much as I'd like on Fathers Day. We bought him some Family Guy PJ/lounge trousersand planned to buy him a print of a map that we've seen in a local Antique shop...although they have odd opening times so we are yet to purchase it.
I thought the next best thing to do would be to make him a cake, and I knew he'd appreciate it.
I don't normally bother with icing etc and tend to stick to basic and plain but following his recent requests of a sandwich style cake with jam and cream I came up with this.
He very much enjoyed it, as did I, and stated it was "by far the best cake you've made yet". *Takes a bow*

You will need:
4 eggs
250g self raising flour
250g caster sugar
250g butter or margerine
a glug of milk (I'm never precise over mine and tend to go with my instincts)
3 teaspoons of vanilla essence
Buttercream icing
Cocoa Powder (as much as you feel necessary, I used 55g)
Jam or Fruit Spread (I used Raspberry and Pomegranate but you can use Strawberry or similar)
Bits to decorate

First mix together the butter and sugar. Then add the eggs and flour and mix until well combined.
The divide the mixture between two bowls. Add the cocoa powder and some milk to one bowl and mix well. To the other bowl, add vanilla essence and milk, mix well. I made more of the chocolate mix than vanilla.
You can then choose to add it to a greased cake tin however you want. Either mix it all together in a swirly pattern or "blob" it all in. I made a layer of chocolate at the bottom, layer of vanilla and then layer of chocolate.
Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees) for 40 minutes.
Once cooled cut in half and then spread a layer of jam or fruit spread. You could add buttercream if you want but I'm not a huge fan of it. Infact I would have preferred to spread some Nutella on it here rather than jam but had to keep my man happy.
Place the lid back on the cake and then spread the buttercream over the top and around the edges.
Decorate with whatever you like, we used silverballs, coconut and almonds.
Serve with a smile.



Pull a cute face....additional chocolate around the mouth optional


Although I didn't use Strawberry Jam in mine I am still going to link this up to Mummy Mishaps: I Love Cake, because it can easily be used with strawberry jam....I just didn't have any in my cupboards or fridge.
Click on the badge and see some inspirational Strawberry themed cakes.

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