colourful marble cake | one for the kiddies

I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog front of late. Expecting our third baby this coming Wednesday (State of Origin Game 3!) my good friend Flemo and I’ve been joking around that we’ll have to call him or her Mal, Freddy, Ricky or some other rugby league inspired name! And with our darling Annabubby turning 4 in a few weeks – we’ve been talking about her birthday party and most importantly – her birthday cake –  for what seems like the past year; I thought we’d get a start on making the cake before the bub arrives.

Have you ever made a marble cake before? They’re a bit of fun, really easy and the perfect cake not only to make with your little ones, but to cut in to at a kids birthday party. They always receive loads of “wow’s” from the crowd once they see the swirl of bright colours hidden beneath the icing.

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The recipe I use is a basic cake mix that is great for making novelty birthday cakes, but by all means – go ahead and use a packet mix instead if you prefer. And use any colours you like! You could keep things simple and go with either pink or blue or use all the colours of the rainbow and go all psychedelic like we did. For some reason looking at this cake reminds me of Austin Powers!

We’re going to layer the two cakes together, loading up the outside with copious amounts of butter cream before covering the whole masterpiece in sprinkles; I’ll upload the finished product come Annabelle’s birthday party in August. Until then, I’ll pop these cakes in to the freezer ready to go – too easy.

So with one job done, I’d better get back to the important job of trying to come up with a name. Feel free to send any suggestions my way! Footy players or not, we need all the help we can get.

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colourful marble cake | the perfect party cake

This recipe makes two small round cakes, so it’s best to have two cake tins.

250 grams of butter, softened (you can do this in the microwave)
1 1/2 cups of castor sugar
1 x teaspoon of vanilla extract
4 x eggs
3 x cups of self raising flour
1 x cup of milk
Assorted food colouring

  • Preheat the oven to 170℃ (fan forced).
  • Grease and line the two cake tins.
  • Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together either in a stand mixer or using a hand held beater.
  • Add the eggs one at a time until all incorporated, whilst continuing to mix.
  • Carefully add the flour (I turn the mixer right down so it doesn’t splutter) and milk alternatively until all incorporated and you have a well mixed batter.
  • Divide the batter in to bowls and add the food colouring. I divide the mixture in to 6 and make the following colours – red, blue, green, orange, purple and yellow. Be creative here – use whatever colour creation that you like! And remember – a few drops of food colouring goes a long way!
  • Then simply spoon half of each colour in to each cake tin (see pics for help) until you’ve used all of the cake batter.
  • Using a skewer, gently swirl (or marble) it through the cake mix (being careful not to over mix the colours).
  • Pop the cakes in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until a cake skewer comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool on a wire cooling rack. You can then wrap each cake in glad wrap and place in the freezer until required or smother them in butter cream icing and decorate as you see fit!

See Lo’s recipe below for the butter cream icing.

butter cream icing
150 grams of butter, softened
2 x cups of icing sugar, sifted
1- 2 x tablespoons of milk

To make the butter cream – add the softened butter to a stand mixer and mix until pale in colour. Gradually add the sifted icing sugar to the butter whilst continuing to mix (although turn it down low when adding the icing sugar so as not to make too much mess). Add the milk (little by little) to bring it all together. Colour the icing using food colouring.

If you make this marble cake, please leave your comments below. xx

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