Ladies prefer pink, science says so! (or at least a rather small pool of British ladies, although it would be funny to check whether they were all convinced to enrol in the study as they were exiting Juicy Couture…).
This version of science doesn’t seem to convince everyone, but one way or the other, it’s still my first choice for a marble.
Pink Marble Cake
- 200 g flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 200 g powder sugar
- 200 g rT butter
- 4 eggs
- 70 ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Pink food colouring (I used Americolor)
Preheat the oven to 170 °C fan and line a 450 g loaf tin .
Mix and sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.
Beat butter and sugar until pale. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until creamy and well combined. Beat in the vanilla and milk, and fold in the flour.
Divide the batter into three portions: stir the cocoa powder into one portion and add some pink food colouring to the second. Leave the third as it is.
Spoon alternate dollops of the mixture into the cake tin (you will have one spoonful too many for each colour), then use a skewer to create a marble pattern by dragging it through the mixture in swirls. Do not overmix, the pattern will be lost.
Bake around 50 minutes, until a toothpick come out clean from the centre and it looks golden brown. Cover with foil during the baking if the surface is browning up too much. Let cool on a wire rack, slice and enjoy!