Wednesday, 11 July 2012

GF 80s Marble Cake

I was asked to do this post featuring a favourite cake or desert from the 1980s. I love the 80s, it was the decade I was born in, although it supports some of the most horrendous fashion trends, some of the best and most fun sing along party tunes originated from this decade!

My mind went wild with ideas, but I was restricted to a 20cm cake tin, which Baker's Secret kindly sent me. I was transported to my childhood and my mind went to marble cakes, the amazing three colour swirl cake, which fit with the Neapolitan ice cream. In the 80s in Australia, the ice cream choice was pretty much restricted to vanilla and Neapolitans, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, well that's what our parents led us to believe was available at the supermarkets. chocolate and vanilla were always the favourite and strawberry was left high up in the container!

Marble cake was made with the same flavours, it's a plain cake, divided into 3 bowls, one bowl you add 1 tablespoon of cocoa, the other a few drops of pink food colouring, the third bowl is left as the vanilla mixture. The trick is when you put in in the greased and baking paper lined tin, is you spoon tablespoons of each flavour into the tin and alternate until the mixture is all in the tin, swirl the mixture in and bang the tin on a hard surface to mix together.

Although marble cake was a hit in the 80s, it is still a hit now and I think will continue being a hit, children will still be marvelled at the blend of colours and flavours, something which takes a little extra time but is certainly worth the results.

The marble cake my mum made wasn't gluten free and there weren't many people diagnosed with coeliac disease in the 80s, I have provided you with a gf recipe. As soon as you get this cake out of the oven, turn in onto a cooling rack and cover with a tea towel, as gf cakes have a tendency to collapse I'm the middle, a handy hint to know when making future cakes.

I hope you have as much fun making your marble cake as I did making mine! Happy baking!

GF Marble Cake

Ingredients200g butter (softened)
1 cup caster sugar
4 large eggs
x2 3/4 cup gf self raising flour
2/3 cup rice flour
2/3 cup f corn flour
2 teaspoons gf baking powder
6 tablespoons lukewarm milk
2 tablespoons vanilla essence
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 drops pink food colouring
1 tablespoon margarine
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 tablespoon cocoa

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. With electric mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth and light. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well. Sift the flours and baking powder into the butter mixture and mix, add milk to make a smooth, moist batter. Spoon the mixture evenly into three bowls, add cocoa to one bowl and pink food colouring to the other bowl, leave the third bowl as is. Grease a 20cm tin and line with baking paper. Spoon tablespoons of each mixture into the bowl, taking turns at each flavour to ensure and even colour mix. Swirl the mixture at the end and bang down on the bench. Bake in the over for 30-40 minutes (check with a skewer in the centre after 30 minutes), you may need the 40 minutes depending on your oven. To make the icing add the ingredients to a bowl and mix well, if the ingredients is too wet, add some more icing sugar and if the mixture is too thick, add more milk. Ice the top of the cake with the icing, leave the icing for at least 20 minutes allowing it to set.

If you would like additional information about Bakers Secret who where the brains behind this marvellous challenge here is there website
Thank you to these lovely people for giving me the opportunity to participate in this challenge.


Sami said...

Thanks for the recipe Rachel. I too remember eating marble cake in my childhood! I don´t think I´ve eaten it for many,many years...

Mishaps and Mayhem of a Gluten Free Life said...

Marble cake is definately a childhood hit! It was like magic seeing a cake made with not 1 but 3 colours and flavours!