12 things: bake cakes

How's this for a cake decorating idea?
Some ideas are so awesome it actually gives me the shivers. This was one such example.

I first saw this doily stenciling post here and was so, so excited to try it. So off to the op shop I went in search of a doily and other thrifted things. And then proceeded to bake a chocolate and vanilla marble cake and voila! It worked. Yes, it could have been much neater, especially around the edges but overall I was pretty pleased with the results.

The cake itself tasted pretty awesome too. Marble cake seems to be a little bit of an old school treat; I don't see it very often anymore. But sometimes old school is the best school.

Chocolate marble cake

Ingredients
  • 225g butter , softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs 
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/gas 160C/gas 4. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper. Beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold through the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. Stir the cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls. Take 2 spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tin alternately. When all the mixture has been used up, tap the bottom on your work surface to ensure that there aren't any air bubbles. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.
  3. Bake the cake for 45-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. If you want to try the doily stencil exercise, make sure the cake is completely cool first.
Note: I tend to get too carried away with the swirling so the marbling effect wasn't very obvious on this cake. But this photo from my previous attempt probably illustrates the marbling just a little bit more.

57 Responses to 12 things: bake cakes

plaits and paisley said...

What a simple and pretty way to decorate a cake x

Miss K said...

Would love to try that cake! Beautiful plate as well.

devorelebeaumonstre. said...

nice!

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tinajo said...

I decorate like that once in a while - it´s fun! :-)

Akiko said...

Such a beautiful cake! Looks so yum :) xo akiko
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Joana said...

This is a great way to give a cake a little humf. I love the idea and the photos :)

- Joana

Bronwyn said...

Love the doily idea! I definitely need to try that next time I bake.

Antonella C'est moi said...

Looking so delicious!!!

MELISSA H said...

great idea! (:

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indie by heart said...

Cake looks really lovely! :) Great idea for decorating, easy and cute too.

Satu
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Life's a shoe said...

this is so pretty! I love the lace design

Catherine said...

That's so pretty Trishie I really love this idea. I might just have to book mark it for birthday ideas:) Have a lovely weekend. xx

Melissah from Scrapbook said...

The cake looks delicious - love the icing sugar design

Melissah

Kellie Collis said...

Looks lovely! And delicious! Have a gorgeous weekend, Kellie xx

Laura said...

Looks beautiful!:)

Megan said...

Love that doily idea! Genius! :)

Well... said...

Omg, that is such an awesome idea for cake decorating! :D
Haha, definitely have to try this!

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designchic said...

How pretty...wish I was eating this while having my morning coffee!!

AsiaSajdak said...

wow, great idea!
yummyyyy :D




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Velvet Bloom said...

it looks lovely!

ねこちゃん said...

oh what a classy and gorgeous idea and result! I would never have thought of this option! Thank you for sharing =) The cake looks delicious too!

Taj Acosta said...

yumm cake! I remember seeing that idea somewhere too and thought it was darling! I've seen people spray paint lamp shades and things over them too and it turns out really pretty. xx

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Beautiful! Wouuld work nicely with coffee and cacao powder as well:)

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Isabella said...

Yum, this looks so delicious. Thanks for your sweet comment on my post! xo
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Shop N' Chomp said...

What a fun decorating idea! :D

Johanna said...

amazing...i love this! and so easy!

Vicky said...

Your cake looks incredible! I am adding it to my weekend menu! Have a great day.

Bernadeth said...

hmm so yummy!

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Michelle's Style File said...

This looks wonderful!

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Michelle
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Jane said...

That's such a good idea, I've never seen it around before! Now I'm craving cake like crazy.

snls. ♥ said...

What a great idea ! ♥

Mica said...

Looks yummy, and I love that idea for decorating the cake! :)


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Sootjeelina said...

The cake looks delicious! And the decoration idea is so creative and it looks great!

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

sartob, si tobing, tobbily said...

brilliant idea! thks for sharing ;)

xx
sartob

hope in high heels said...

What a cute idea, it looks so pretty! I love marble cake... It's so comforting

Shoe Bell(i)e said...

The cake looks yum and pretty!:)

jamie-lee said...

That is such a clever idea! Lovely way to ice a cake :)

FashionGeek said...

These look like a work of art!(:
Cant wait to see u on my blog!(:

Mimi said...

i think it's genius! so cool, i have to try it. :)

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misslikey said...

wonderful and simple idea for decoration.

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

that looks so good, trish!

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nancy said...

great decorating idea! this cake baking thing suits you!

Luna said...

Marble cake! Last year, Leo baked the best marble cake AND birthday cake I've ever had. Your recipe looks super easy. Must try.

Doilies are so versatile in craft. Have you seen howaboutorange's post on making her own 'doily-print fabric'?

Robots in Trouble said...

the powdered cake looks like a REALLY good idea. i'm definitely doing this one day!

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

That's such a great and creative idea :) I love it!

Buzz said...

Sounds delicious!

Kiss,
Laura

Andrea said...

I like the decoration, but I'm shore I would love the cake. Yesterday I tried a Japanese cake and it didn't work out so I'm making a little vacation from the oven. :D

Style, She Wrote said...

Not only is your cake so purty, it looks tasty, too! I will have to add this to my "to make" list! xo style, she wrote

Claire said...

love the decoration on the cake. what a simple way to make a gorgeous cake!!! yum!

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Calypso In The Country said...

What a beautiful idea! Thanks for stopping by the other day. Have a great week!
-Shelley

Enara Girl said...

It looks delicious.
xoxo

littlemissandrea said...

Never would of thought of using a doily to decorate a cake. Thanks for sharing!

nik said...

Hahahahaha:D What a great idea! Looks so cool! So creative! And the cake looks delicious!
xx nik

ADOREVINTAGE said...

Oh my gosh that looks sooo delicous!!!

Molly ♥ said...

Stunning, that cake looks amazing !