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Marble Layer Cake Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Special equipment needed:
- Two 9-inch round cake pans
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowls
- Whisk
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Spatula

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5. Beat in the vanilla extract.

6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, and beat until smooth.

7. In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder with 1/4 cup of hot water until smooth.

8. Add 1 cup of the cake batter to the cocoa mixture and stir until well combined.

9. Spoon the vanilla and chocolate batters alternately into the prepared pans.

10. Use a knife to swirl the batters together to create a marbled effect.

11. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

12. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove them from the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Serving size:
8-10 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 362
Fat: 14g
Saturated Fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 86mg
Sodium: 226mg
Potassium: 182mg
Carbohydrates: 53g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 36g
Protein: 6g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour for a lighter texture.
- You can use salted butter instead of unsalted butter, but reduce the amount of salt in the recipe by 1/4 teaspoon.
- You can use almond or coconut milk instead of whole milk for a dairy-free option.
- You can use Dutch-processed cocoa powder instead of unsweetened cocoa powder for a richer flavor.

- Add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for extra texture.
- Use different flavor extracts, such as almond or lemon, for a different flavor profile.
- Add food coloring to the vanilla batter for a fun twist.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before starting.
- Don't overmix the batter, or the cake will be tough.
- Use a toothpick or cake tester to check if the cake is done.
- Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

Storage instructions:
- Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- You can also freeze the cake for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in foil before freezing.

Reheating instructions:
- To reheat the cake, place it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes.

Presentation ideas:
- Dust the cake with powdered sugar or cocoa powder before serving.
- Top the cake with whipped cream or frosting.
- Add fresh berries or fruit on top for a pop of color.

- Fresh berries or fruit
- Chocolate shavings
- Whipped cream
- Sprinkles

- Coffee or tea
- Milk or hot chocolate

Suggested side dishes:
- Fresh fruit salad
- Vanilla ice cream

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the cake is too dry, try adding a tablespoon of sour cream or yogurt to the batter.
- If the cake is too dense, make sure you're not overmixing the batter and that your baking powder is fresh.
- If the cake is too moist, make sure you're not overmixing the batter and that you're baking it long enough.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to wash your hands and all utensils before starting.
- Use separate utensils for raw eggs and other ingredients.
- Store the cake in an airtight container to prevent contamination.

Food history:
- Marble cake is a classic American dessert that dates back to the 19th century. It was originally made by combining vanilla and chocolate cake batters to create a marbled effect.

Flavor profiles:
- This cake has a sweet and buttery vanilla flavor with a hint of chocolate.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the cake as a dessert or for a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary.

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Taste: Rich, Sweet, Moist, Creamy, Vanilla, Chocolate