Chocolate Marble Cake

This is quite simply the same recipe as the sutlu kek (Milky cake). However I have added cocoa powder to turn it into a chocolate swirly marble cake.

This cake is so much fun to make, especially when it comes to making the swirls. The only problem you will have with getting your kids involved, is that they can not wait to add cocoa powder. “When are we going to do the chocolate bit?” You maybe asked about 10 times or more by your child helper. Perhaps this cake should be be called ‘Add the chocolate NOW cake’.

Chocolate Swirl Marble Cake

You will need;

A cake tin (greased) and two mixing bowls
170g self raising flour sieved
200g caster sugar (you can add more if you wish)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder 
9 fl.oz of milk 1/4 litre (that’s approx. 1/2 pint)
9 tablespoons of oil (I used olive oil) 4 fl.oz
1 teaspoon vanilla flavouring
2 teaspoon baking powder

Apart from cocoa powder, the eggs and sugar, place all your ingredients into a mixing bowl. Get yourself another bowl and start beating the eggs and sugar together to combine into a thick consistency. Once thickened add to the rest of the ingredients.

Give the whole mixture a good whisk, then pour out half into a bowl, so you have divided your cake mixture into two. Now you can add your cocoa powder to one of the bowls, carefully stirring it in.

Using two different large spoons, dollop a spoonful from each mixture into your cake tin. Continue with your sequence until all your mixture is finished. (If your child helper has managed to get any of the mixture into the cake tin and not just onto the work surface, then give your tin a slight tap or a shake. Next using a blunt knife, spatula or skewer (making sure your child has still got their eyes at the end of this process), start swirling around the mixture to give it a marble effect. You may need to shout ‘THAT’S ENOUGH’ after a few seconds.

Pre-heat your oven and bake on the middle shelf for 25-35 minutes at 180°c (fan) 200°c without fan) 350F or gas mark 4. This time can vary depending on the depth of your cake tin, so keep checking.

When your child has completed all the shopping, washing, ironing and cooked you dinner. Let them have a slice.

Chocolate and Orange Cake

Make this your guilty pleasure. Not one for the calorie counters, but absolutely delicious. This is a cake, my sister Filiz makes to perfection and I eat with a smile on my face.

Thank you Sis. for this recipe. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Preheat oven at 190C Fan 170C 375F Gas Mark 5
Grease and line the base of two 20cm (8in) sandwich tins with parchment or grease proof paper.

Chocolate and Orange Cake

Ingredients 

225g (8oz) softened butter
225g (8oz) caster sugar
1 large egg
225g (8oz) self-raising flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
4 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder (not drinking chocolate powder)
3 tablespoons of golden syrup or equal measurement of maple syrup or light honey
3 large oranges

FOR THE FILLING AND TOPPING

100g of good quality 90% cocoa dark chocolate
4 heaped tablespoons of chocolate hazelnut spread

1 – Cream together the butter and sugar, add the flour cocoa powder, egg and baking powder. Beat together in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Add the juice and thinly shaved orange rind along with syrup or honey of your choice. Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins and level out.

2 – Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes middle shelf (centre of oven) or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with finger, or, place a small wooden skewer or cocktail stick in the centre of cake to make sure the cakes are cooked evenly. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment paper and finish cooling on a wire rack.

3 – When both cakes are completely cold gently melt the dark chocolate over hot water and then add the chocolate and hazelnut spread stirring until it becomes a nice spreadable consistency. If, at this stage the chocolate is too runny add some more spread to thicken.

4- Sandwich the cakes together with the 1/4 of the chocolate topping and then spread the remaining topping evenly on the top of the cake, giving it an even and shiny finish.
Serve and enjoy!!!!!

Sutlu (Milky) Cake

This cake recipe is quite popular in Turkey. It is usually served with a cup of tea. However you could also try it with a generous scoop of ice cream after dinner.

Sutlu Kek (Milky Cake)

You will need;

A cake tin (greased) and two mixing bowls
170g self raising flour sieved
200g caster sugar (you can add more if you wish)
2 eggs
zest of two oranges
4 fl.oz of milk 
9 tablespoons of oil (I used olive oil) 4 fl.oz
1 teaspoon vanilla flavouring
2 teaspoon baking powder

Apart from the eggs and sugar, place all your ingredients into a mixing bowl. Get yourself another bowl and start beating the eggs and sugar together to combine into a thick consistency. Once thickened add to the rest of the ingredients, and whisk together until you are satisfied that it is nice and creamy.

Pour your mixture into your cake tin and bake for 25-35 minutes at 180°c (fan) 200°c without fan) 350F or gas mark 4 in a pre-heated oven. This time can vary depending on the depth of your cake tin so keep checking.

Once cooked and cooled down, cut into individual portions and decorate each slice with a walnut or an almond. Try sticking the nuts down with a drop of honey. Then when you are ready serve as you wish.