Marmite and cheese in a cake…is this the new salted caramel?! It certainly is to Mrs Barry, she’s in absolute heaven if she’s got a jar of Marmite nearby! So love it or hate it (I’m more in the “hate it” camp), I decided to treat Mrs B to something very special and very bizarre today – a marmite cake! And not just one, but two of them!
I’ve been wanting to make my own DIY homemade Marmite for a while, and the time will come my friends! But one of the recipes suggested to me on my Discord chat recently (which you can join via my Patreon – every tier gets access) was a Marmite cake. So I thought it might be worth giving that a go before I get stuck in (literally!) to the Marmite itself.
Now I’m no stranger to a weird cake recipe, but these ones really take the cake for me! First we’ve got a savoury Marmite cake, then a sweet Marmite cake. You’ll have to watch the video to find out whether Mrs B actually liked the results!
Savoury Marmite Cake Recipe
The first step is to grease the tin, you’ll want a 20cm round cake tin for this recipe. Now put your plain flour and baking powder into a big old bowl, then add 150g of the grated cheese in and reserve the rest.
In a jug, mix together olive oil, milk and yoghurt – this will look a bit weird, but trust the process, folks! Whisk up your eggs in a big bowl, then add in the black pepper, salt and Marmite. Now slowly add in batches of your milky, oily mixture, whisking as you go.
Add in the cheesy, floury combo and whisk until it looks a bit like a coffee cake mixture. Then finally sprinkle the remaining cheese on.
Bake in the preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 30 minutes while you make the topping.
The topping is pretty simple, melt together the melted butter and Marmite. Poke holes in the top of your cake using a skewer then slather on the topping. Serve and…enjoy?!
Sweet Marmite Cake Recipe
This cake uses something called “cake flour” in the recipe, which when I’ve looked it up seems to be self-raising flour, so that’s what we’re going with!
This one starts a bit differently, we start with sugar and “very large” eggs – it truly is a real cake recipe, folks! Beat these together.
For this step, the recipe suggested doing it in a pan on the hob but I used the microwave on little blasts. Heat up your milk and butter until just under boiling point.
While that heats up, fold the flour, baking powder and a shimmy of salt through the egg mixture. Finally fold in the heated up but not boiled milk and butter.
Spoon into your greased tin then bake in a 180C (350F) oven for about 40 minutes.
The topping again here is very simple, melt together the butter and Marmite (here’s where the Marmite finally comes in!), prick the cake gently with a fork, then pour over. Sprinkle the shards of cheese over the top and serve warm!