There’s nothing more satisfying than a piece of cake with a cup of tea or coffee. The delicious aroma of homemade cakes has an instant appeal and it’s very hard to resist.
A family favourite, I usually make this cake with vanilla, chocolate and coffee flavours. However, I decided to try it with dark and white chocolate for a change. It was quite an interesting project.
A marble cake looks great, but it’s actually very simple to make. The luscious swirl of the dark and white chocolate makes for a delicious contrast of colour and taste.
PREP: 20 minutes COOK TIME: 45-50 minutes
- 30 gms dark chocolate, chopped
- 30 gms white chocolate, chopped
- 2 tbsp milk
- 240 gms self-raising flour
- Pinch of salt
- 180 gms butter
- 180 gms caster sugar
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 3-4 tbsp apricot jam
- 60 gms dark chocolate, chopped
- 60 gms white chocolate, chopped
- 4 tbsp cream
Grease and line an 8” cake pan with parchment paper.
Preheat the oven at 180 C.
Dissolve the dark chocolate in 1 tbsp of milk over hot water. Dissolve the white chocolate in 1 tbsp of milk similarly. Set aside to cool.
Sift the flour and salt. Cream the butter until it is soft, add the sugar and continue creaming until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs gradually. Fold the flour into the mixture, a third at a time, adding milk if necessary to make it drop easily from the whisk. Add the vanilla and mix well. Divide the mixture into two portions and add the melted dark chocolate to one portion. Flavour the second portion with the melted white chocolate.
Spoon tablespoonfuls of one mixture around the tin, leaving room for the other mixture. Fill the spaces with the second mixture and continue with a second layer alternating the flavours of dark and white chocolate. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
To make the apricot glaze, combine the apricot jam with a 1 tbsp of water and heat gently. Cool. When the cake is cold brush with the apricot glaze and allow it to set.
For the icing, combine the dark chocolate with 2 tbsp of cream in a bowl and melt the chocolate over boiling water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. When the chocolate has melted completely, set aside to cool. Repeat the process with the white chocolate and the remaining cream.
Spoon dollops of each mixture randomly on the surface of the cake and swirl with a toothpick or a skewer.