And so I turned my hand to Marble Cake! I think I may have made a Marble Cake at some time in my teens, possibly with my friend Cat at some ungodly hour and possibly with too many hideously ugly and unfoodlike colours. There are a few Cat-cake memories that follow along those lines. This recipe, from Ladies, A Plate (of course), is deliciously restrained in colour palette and flavour. It’s simple, yet fiddly with all that dividing up and colouring and blopping and swirling – honestly, why not make biscuits instead for all that faffing? – but well worth the effort for a special occasion like, oh, a thirteenth birthday. I do like that my ‘out-laws’ let me bake the cake. And Alexandra was wholly deserving of a swirly, curly, pretty-yet-not-too-girly cake with my first attempt at spider web icing on top.
(Alex took a photo of the inside which I have not yet acquired)
One week later, and again I got to make the cake, this time for Keir’s birthday and farewell potluck. Wanting to cement the icing skillz, without the effort of the insides, I did my usual yoghurt in the chocolate cake recipe and added cocoa to the buttercream icing recipe for the marble cake. I would have liked to make the chocolate icing darker but that would have involved less icing sugar more cocoa at the creaming stage, thus mucking up the process of setting aside some uncoloured icing for piping. So… maybe a little more thinking is required.
Hilariously though, one friend overlooked this delicacy at cake time, not realising that I had made it, and instead thinking someone had bought a cake at New World. Which set off a conversation on how very wrong it is to buy a cake at New World instead of just bringing a tub of Rush Munro’s (‘I thought I’d weeded out all those cake-buyer’s from my social circle!’)… but also proved that being mistaken for a bunch of people who know how to ice a cake isn’t such a bad thing…