Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake 

Isn’t it funny that no matter how much you do for your kids, from arranging their breakfast into a smileyface, styling their hair how they like it, making sure their juice comes in the right colour cup, as soon as dad comes home it’s ‘Mum who?’

When I say funny I mean incredibly annoying but it does, as most things in life, has an up-side. After a rare night out, early morning start and a small touch of ‘wine-flu’ your kids only wanting daddy is pretty bloody brilliant! 

And of course if I need to sway them back to the mum-side I can always play the baking card 😃

I loved the look of marble cakes when I was a kid. Chocolate and vanilla sponge swirled together? What’s not to love? 

There’s not many kids who wouldn’t fancy a bash at this and it’s a lot easier than you might think.

You’ll need 2×8″ sandwich tins well greased or lined with baking paper.


For the cake

225g Butter 

225g caster sugar 

225g self raising flour 

4 large eggs 

50g cocoa powder 

50ml boiling water

Generous teaspoon vanilla essence or paste 

For the vanilla buttercream

200g Butter 

400g icing sugar

Generous teaspoon vanilla essence/ bean paste 

Preheat oven to 170°C gas mark 4.

Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy then mix in the eggs. 

Stir in the flour until just combined then spoon half the batter into a separate bowl.

In a mug mix the cocoa powder and boiling water to form a paste. Mix this into one half of the batter.

With the remaining half, stir in the vanilla. You’ll have 2 lots of cake batter as per below.

Pour a few tablespoons of each batter into the prepared tins and swirl with a spoon to slightly mix the colours.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Whilst cooling knock up your buttercream.

  Disclaimer – kids will eat alot of buttercream during the mixing process.

If you have an electric whisk this is a doodle if not be prepared for slight arm ache: mix the butter, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth and pale. 

When your cakes are cool, sandwich with 3rd of the buttercream, then spread or pipe the remaining buttercream over the top. 

We had some Milky ways so we chopped to decorate but any additional decoration is completely optional 😃


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