Today we are celebrating. Today is the world baking day. The 3rd Sunday of May is dedicated to baking. Isn’t this a very good reason to celebrate? As a food blogger and as a cake-lover I couldn’t be happier about the existence of such a day. But apart from that, today I have another reason for a celebration post. The exact same day last year, this blog went live! So Happy World Baking Day and Happy First Birthday to Cook-Taste-Live!
Even though I hadn’t planned posting a cake today, when I saw all these beautiful cake/cookie pictures from other bloggers during the past week.. I just couldn’t resist. This year’s theme for World Baking Day was “Who are you baking for?” and “Bake for someone special”. Either you are making the simplest sugar cookie or the most impressive layer cake, is always better when you share this joy for baking with your loved ones.
I decided to share with you this simple and classic recipe of a marble cake. I am sure that all of you have childhood memories of such a cake. At least I have many! My mum used to make it very often and it was one of my family’s favorite cake. It was also one of the very first cakes I baked on my own and for this reason I think that’s the perfect recipe to share on my blog’s first birthday! I hope you will enjoy it and it will remind you of the marble cake that your mum used to make.
- 113 gr unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for the pan
- 220 gr sugar
- 225 gr flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- 160 ml buttermilk
- 2 tbsp honey
- 40 gr cocoa powder
- 50 ml boiling water
- 50 gr bitter sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and flour a 10 x 23cm loaf pan.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the vanilla. Then beat in a third of the flour mixture just until incorporated. Beat in half the buttermilk. Beat in another third of the flour, then the rest of the milk, and finish with the remaining flour until the batter is smooth.
- Set aside ⅓ of the batter.
- In a bowl, mix cocoa with boiling water until smooth. Stir the honey and the chocolate chips. Allow to cool slightly and then add the cocoa mixture to the reserved cake batter; mix until well combined.
- 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.
- Then, with the handle of a wooden spoon, swirl the batter to create a marbled effect.
- Place in the oven and bake for about 45- 50 minutes until risen, browned slightly and a cake tester comes our clean when inserted into the middle.
- Cool on a rack for 10 minutes and let cool completely.