Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Miss GF Makes #2 : Marble Cake - gluten free

I don't seem to be getting much of a look-in in the kitchen right now.... Having just had half term, Miss GF has busily combined her boredom with creativity and produced yet more yummy treats! Yep..... Much quicker than I expected..... I bring you Miss GF Makes #2.....

Greatly encouraged by the interest generated with her recently baked Peanut Butter Cookies (thanks to everyone who commented, she was thrilled.....), she has made a lovely chocolate Marble Cake for us this week. The recipe comes from the same cookbook as her last bake : Adriana Rabinovich - The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids.

It's interesting that she heads straight for this book, as it doesn't contain any photos (which are usually what hooks her into wanting to try something)...... I think maybe the combination of the two words 'gluten-free' and 'kids' make it feel more accessible. Either way, she seems to have taken quite a liking to it, which is good with me as the recipes it contains are varied and reliable.

The decision to make Marble Cake was (with typical 10 year old (non) planning) on the spur of the moment, just before I was about to make tea. Impetuous maybe, but there was no hope of negotiating on the timing...... it had to be made then or not at all in her young egocentric head! I didn't bother to argue..... Dinner could wait an extra half hour if it meant that her interest was reinforced. I have no doubt that her enthusiasm will come and go....... so I'll bottle it while I can!

This cake was a little more tricky than the last recipe she made, with the butter and sugar needing to be creamed and the egg yolks being added separately from whisked egg whites which were folded in later. The chocolate had to be carefully melted and then added to only half of the mix. Although she needed a little help with some of the whisking (the hand whisk was pretty heavy), she managed the rest of the process herself with confidence and the resulting sponge is fantastic.

It has quite a dense texture (as described by Adriana in the book), but with the addition of the almonds and soured cream, is beautifully soft and moist. The marble swirls give the bake a twin experience of chocolate and vanilla which look perfectly pretty and ensure each slice is unique.

I think that Miss GF did rather well with this one! So well in fact, that I am sending a couple of (quickly disappearing) slices over to the following linkies to spread the joy that is a messy kitchen but a happy (fast-learning) child!

First up..... We Should Cocoa with the lovely, award-winning Choclette over at Tin & Thyme. This month's theme is 'Butter'. Although I will substitute butter for coconut or olive oil in some bakes, I have never been one to use margarine or spreads as alternatives (other than where specifically needing a dairy free alternative). I take the view that as butter (like coconut and olive oil) is a totally natural and delicious product, then there is no reason to replace it......

Love Cake with Jibber Jabber. February's theme is The Month of Cake. February? Every month is a month of cake in our house! (Although I fear with Miss GF's new-found skill, it could quickly become every day.....)

Tasty Tuesdays with Honest Mum.

Free From Fridays with the Free From Farmhouse

Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too

Sunday Fitness & Food Link-up with Marathons & Motivation

Marble Cake (a recipe by Adriana Rabinovich)


125g plain gluten free flour blend (Miss GF used blend A from this post)
125g ground almonds
1 tablespoon GF baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
150g unsalted butter - room temperature
200g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs - separated
50 ml soured cream
100 ml milk
50g plain chocolate - chopped


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190 C/325 F/Gas 5 and base line a 2 pound non-stick loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Weigh and whisk together the flour, almonds, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt, making sure that all lumps are completely broken down. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well between each.
  5. Add the soured cream and beat well, followed by the milk.
  6. Add and fold in the dry ingredients.
  7. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl either in the microwave on 30 second bursts (medium setting), stirring well between each until melted, or steaming over a saucepan of simmering water.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks. Add about a third of the whisked whites to the cake batter and stir through gently until incorporated (this will loosen the mix).
  9. Add the remaining egg white and gently fold until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  10. Transfer half the mix to a separate bowl (we used the bowl from the egg whites to save on the washing up).
  11. Add the melted chocolate to one half and fold through evenly.
  12. Drop alternate spoonfuls of mixes into the prepared loaf tin and then use a knife to gently pull through the mixture and swirl together. Smooth the surface.
  13. Bake the loaf for approximately 45 minutes until well risen. The top should spring back to the touch and a skewer inserted should come out clean when done.
  14. Leave the cake in a tin to cool for about 15 minutes, before turning out on to a wire tack to cool completely.  
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  1. Oh my gosh marble cake is my all time favourite cake. My Grandmother taught me to bake this and it always reminds me of her. I've never tried it gluten-free. Yours looks amazing. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    1. You're welcome Vicki.There is something very tempting about marble cake for sure..... and I think it is timeless too x

  2. This looks delicious! I'm looking forward to trying this GF version, thank you so much for sharing at the Linky :-) Pinned!!

  3. You're a clever lady with a clever girl! Well done Mrs GF. We have that book too and I remember that it was the one I always turned to when Roo was first diagnosed! Nowadays I prefer not to follow recipes but I am sure Roo would like to make things from it too! She has lots of ideas but they are rarely followed through at the moment!

    1. Thanks Vicki. It's the book that I also turned to when Miss GF was first diagnosed. It's great to see that it is inspiring Miss GF to cook..... I think Roo won't be that far behind!! x

  4. Wow! Good job Miss GF. Your marble cake looks awesome. And well done Mummy GF for all your sous-cheffing and (I'm guessing here - Miss GF feel free to correct me if I am wrong) pot-washing and kitchen-cleaning. Getting kids to learn to cook is so important. Thankfully mine are super keen - a little too keen, they'd make something everyday given the chance. I always feel guilty for not having the time to do more with them...and at 5 and 7 years old I can't really just hand them a cookbook and let them get on with it. A couple more years, though and I reckon my girlie will be ready to go it alone! Looking forward to the next installment of Miss GF makes :-) Eb x

    1. Thanks Eb. Yep..... the kitchen cleaning fell to me (much to Miss GF's amusement).
      It's great that your kids are keen to cook so young..... Not long by the sound of it until they are ready to go independent with the pots and pans! x

  5. This looks amazing. I love marble cake, not made it for ages. I am inspired to make some now. Bet the kids loved it as well

    1. Thanks Alison.... I love it when I get inspiration from other people's baking.... hope you get/got to make marble cake!

  6. Oh well done Miss GF for a great looking cake. I think chocolate orange marble cake was the first ever bake I made for my mother. Thanks for linking it up to #WeShouldCocoa.

    1. Thanks Choclette. You're welcome. Marble cake seems to hold baking memories for lots of people! x

  7. You could be out of job! I hope to see plenty more cakes from Miss GF in the future!

    1. Tell me about it Ness.... I'm holding onto my kitchen space firmly, lest I get ousted!

  8. This is a fab cake.. really really well done Miss GF! If you are making cakes like these now you will be a star baker in a couple of years time! Brava!

    1. Awww.... thanks Alida..... your comment brought a very proud smile from Miss GF. x


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