Paul Hollywood's marble chocolate cake
Cooking time:0 Between 55-70 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
Get the perfect marble cake with this classic recipe from Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood. Swirls of vanilla and chocolate sponge produce impressively beautiful results
- 250g plain flour
- 200g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 40ml full-fat milk
- ½ tsp natural vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 3tsp baking powder
- 2tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Icing sugar for dusting
Be careful not to swirl the mixtures together too much as you want to leave an obvious marble effect
- Heat your oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter, 180g of the sugar and the vanilla extract together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add the baking powder and sift the flour over the mixture and fold in with 2 tbsp of the milk.
- Spoon two-thirds of the mixture into the prepared loaf tin – it should fill the tin three-quarters of the way.
- Sift the cocoa over the remaining third of the mixture and fold in, together with the last of the milk and 20g of sugar.
- Spoon the chocolate mixture over the cake mixture in the tin, then run a fork through both mixtures, gently swirling the two together to create a marbled effect.
- Bake for 55–70 minutes, until the cake shrinks slightly from the sides of the tin. Test it is cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre and it comes out clean (test the cake after 55 minutes).
- Remove the cake from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, dust with icing sugar.