Markedly characterized by their streaked or mottled appearance, their effect is achieved by lightly blending the different colored batters. There are many types of marble cakes - using choc & vanilla swirls or multi colored swirls for a psychedelic finish etc.....But the best ways to get a nice swirl is to mix only 2 or 3 colors. Anything more I believe the batter will blend in to give an army brown appearance (Yikes!).
In this recipe, to give it a twist, I have substituted a quarter of the flour with Almond meal to give a nice but not overwhelming rich flavor. The choice of colors in this cake is totally up to you. Its your call. For this particular cake I made just yesterday over the long Chinese New Year weekend, my 11 year old Riya picked the colors. It is as vibrant and colorful as she is :))
Makes a round 8 inch cake
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
300 gm self raising flour
100gm almond meal
1 cup skim milk
1/2 tsp each of your favorite colorings (2 or 3 colors)
1/2 cup almond flakes for decoration
Preheat your oven to 200 deg C and prepare a a round 8 inch baking tin.
Cream the butter and sugar till pale in color and light in texture (5-10mins using electric hand mixer).
Add in the eggs one at a time and cream further.
Add in the vanilla essence and mix well.
Mix the self raising flour and almond meal in a separate bowl.
Fold in this flour and almond meal mixture alternating with the milk.
Once fully incorporated, separate the batter into 2 bowls and mix in your chosen colors.
Place heaps of the two batters in alternate fashion in the baking tin. Blend lightly with a wooden skewer.
Bake for 45-60mins or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.
Cool for 10 mins and then what else-Enjoy!!