Chocolate And Vanilla Marble Loaf

Another recipe and image courtesy of Mary Berry!


Cake tin needed: a 900 g (2 lb) loaf tin, 17 x 9 x 9cm (6½ x 3½ x 3½in) base measurement

225 g (8 oz) butter, softened

225 g (8 oz) castor sugar

275 g (10 oz) self-raising flour

2 level tsp baking powder

4 large eggs

2 tbsp milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

1½ level tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp hot water

For the icing:

25 g (1 oz) butter

15 g (½oz) cocoa powder, sifted

1–2 tbsp milk

100 g (4 oz) icing sugar, sifted

about 25 g (1 oz) white chocolate, melted


Step One

Pre heat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/gas 3. Lightly grease the tin and line with a wide strip of non-stick baking parchment to go up the wide sides and over the base of the tin.

Step Two
Measure the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk and vanilla extract into a large bowl and beat with a hand-held electric mixer for about 2 minutes, until well blended. Spoon half the mixture into another bowl and set aside.

Step Three

In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and hot water together until smooth. Allow to cool slightly, then add to one of the bowls of cake mixture, mixing well until evenly blended.

Step Four

Spoon the vanilla and chocolate cake mixtures randomly into the prepared tin until all of the mixture is used up, and gently level the surface. Bake for 50 minutes–1 hour, until the cake is well risen, springy to the touch and beginning to shrink away from the sides of the tin. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool completely.

Step Five

To make the icing, melt the butter in a small pan, add the cocoa powder, stir to blend and cook gently for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and icing sugar, then remove from the heat and mix thoroughly. If necessary, leave the icing on one side, stirring occasionally, to thicken. Spread the cold cake evenly with the icing, then drizzle the melted white chocolate over the top. Leave to set.

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