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Marble pig cake with pink string aroung the bottom, creating a tail. Tried & Tested

Marble pig cake

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This cake is so simple to decorate, but looks very impressive and extremely cute! This recipe is based on a marble cake, so once the cake is cut there is the additional surprise.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:16
  • Skill level:medium

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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 175g 6¼ oz Butter (unsalted) softened (plus a little extra for greasing)
  • 100g 3½ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 100g 3½ oz Self-raising white flour (we use Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
  • 175g 6¼ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range) large, lightly beaten
  • 2tbsp 2tbsp Milk (whole)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Red food colouring
  • 1tsp 1tsp Strawberry flavouring

For the decoration

  • 2tbsp 2tbsp Strawberry jam smooth
  • 1kg 2¼ lb White sugar paste icing
  • Chocolate buttons

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Pre heat the oven to 180°C  (fan 160°C, Gas Mark 4). Butter the sides and base line a 20cm round cake tin with baking parchment.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Beat together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract, preferably using an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 175g 6¼ oz Butter (unsalted) softened (plus a little extra for greasing)
    • 175g 6¼ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Sieve together the two flours and the baking powder and fold through the mixture until it is smooth.

    Ingredients for this step

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added.  If the mixture starts to curdle add a spoonful of flour. The mixture should drop off the spoon easily.  If it doesn’t, stir in one or two tablespoons of milk.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range) large, lightly beaten
  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Spoon half the mixture into a separate bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon red food colouring and the strawberry flavoring. Gently fold in for an even colour.

    Ingredients for this step

    • ½tsp ½tsp Red food colouring
    • 1tsp 1tsp Strawberry flavouring
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Drop alternating spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the tin. Draw a skewer through the mix swirling them into marbled patterns. Bake for 55minutes – 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    When cool, trim the top of the marble cake to create a flat surface. Turn the cake upside down and brush with the jam. Lightly dust a surface with icing sugar and roll ¾ of the icing to a thickness of 3-5 mm. Cut a circle of icing about 2 cm larger than the cake.  Ease the icing over the cake and mould into place over the top and sides of the cake.  Lightly dust your hands and rub the icing until a flat surface is achieved. Trim any surplus icing to keep for later.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 2tbsp 2tbsp Strawberry jam smooth
    • 750g 26½ oz White sugar paste icing
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Colour the remaining icing pink by adding a couple of drops of colour onto the icing, fold and lightly knead the icing until the colour is evenly distributed.  Repeat if you want a deeper stronger color.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 250g 8⅞ oz White sugar paste icing
    • 1tsp 1tsp Red food colouring
  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Roll the pink icing on a lightly dusted surface. Cut a circle about 18cm or slightly smaller than the top and place on the surface of the cake.  Cut two further triangles for the ears, two small circles for the eyes and a larger one for the nose. Do the finished touches with the excess white icing and the chocolate buttons. Trim with a little ribbon.