Chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake

This loaf looks spectacular and is lovely for a special occasion. It easily slices into ten.

What you need:

  • A 900 gram loaf tin: 17x9x9 cm (base measurement)
  • 175 gram margarine (softened)
  • 175 gram caster sugar
  • 225 gram self-raising flour
  • 1,5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 0,5 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1,5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons hot water

For the icing:

  • 25 gram margarine
  • 15 gram cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 100 gram icing sugar (sifted)
  • about 25 gram white chocolate (melted)

1: 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. Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC. Put the margarine, 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.

2: 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.

3: 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 wel 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 on to a wire rack, remove the lining paper and leave to cool completely.

4: For the icing, melt the margarine 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.

5: Spread the cake evenly with the icing, then drizzle the melted white chocolate over the top. Leave to set.

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