Caoimhe, my 11 year old, absolutely loves to bake. At the moment her ambition is to have her own bakery. Being 11, I am aware she may change her mind, but, I really hope she doesn’t and as long as I encourage her and nurture her dream, there is a good chance it will stay and fingers crossed, come into fruition in the future.
Over the weekend, she was watching over my shoulder as I was working on tidying up some blog posts. She spotted a marble cake and asked if she could make it. I had a look at the recipe, made some changes so it’s now free of refined sugar. Then, off she went to bake and I left her to it, resisting any urge to interfere. She is very competent in the kitchen and if she needs my help, she will ask for it.
80g 70% Dark Chocolate
175g Plain flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
100 Softened Butter
- Pre heat the oven to 170C, grease & line a 1lb loaf tin.
- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Put butter into a large bowl and mix until just smooth and creamy.
- Pour in the honey and beat that into the butter.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well.
- Sift the flour and baking powder together into the bowl and fold into the batter.
- Divide the mixture in two, then fold the melted chocolate into one half of it.
- Spoon the two mixtures in alternate drops into the tin, then level the top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until risen and just firm to the touch. Leave to rest in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
This cake turned out delicious and makes a perfect accompaniment to a cuppa! Caoimhe was delighted with herself, and of course, I was delighted with her too.