Sorry, crap photo, but you can't see a marble cake without cutting it! This was the first time I'd tried marbling so next time I know to mix up the vanilla, red and chocolate batters more in the tin. I just used red food colouring as in the recipe but next time I'd also add a strawberry flavour to it or maybe even beetroot pulp?

This marble cake turned out better - chocolate and orange. I love jaffa flavours! I mixed yellow and red colouring to make orange and also added orange essence flavouring, orange zest and a couple of drops of orange essential oil. I made the icing with icing sugar, orange juice and zest.

250g butter, softened
1¼ cups caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
2¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted
¾ cup milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 drops red food colouring

Vanilla butter icing
50g butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp boiling water

1. Heat oven to 160°C fan bake. Grease a 22cm springform cake tin and line the base with nonstick baking paper. Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy.

2. Beat in vanilla essence and eggs, one at a time. Stir in sifted flour in two batches, alternating with the milk. Divide the mixture between three separate bowls. Beat cocoa powder into one portion, stir red food colouring into one portion and leave one portion plain.

3. Drop large spoonfuls of the different mixtures into the prepared cake tin, alternating the colours. Drag and swirl a blunt knife through the mixtures to create a marble pattern.

4. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in tin, then remove and spread with vanilla butter icing.

5. To make vanilla butter icing, beat all ingredients together in a bowl until pale and creamy.

This recipe is from the NZ Women's Weekly website.