Chocolate marble cake

Chocolate marble cake

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(264 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 8

Marble cake is a classic childhood cooking memory. Whether using lurid colours for a psychedelic finish, or just chocolate and vanilla, it's a teatime treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal468
  • fat27g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.81g
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


  • 225g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Heat oven to 180C/gas 160C/gas 4. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper. If you want to make life easy, simply put all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder) into a food processor and whizz for 1-2 mins until smooth. If you prefer to mix by hand, beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold through the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.

  2. Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. Stir the cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls. Take 2 spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tin alternately. When all the mixture has been used up (and if young kids are doing this, you’ll need to ensure the base of the tin is fairly evenly covered), tap the bottom on your work surface to ensure that there aren’t any air bubbles. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.

  3. Bake the cake for 45-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. Will keep for 3 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (389)

same965's picture

It's really easy to prepare and very delicious. Mine was ready in 25 mins.

thewaffle's picture

Really easy to make and absolutely delicious! I only wish I had make icing for it though, as it is a bit dry.

franti91's picture

I made this last evening and it turned out great! I didn't faff about with seperate bowls but put half mix into cake tin and added Cocoa to remainder in mixer then just poured it in on top and stirred a bit!
Beautiful marbled effect and tasted lovely!

sambarose's picture

Second tier out of the oven...

sambarose's picture

First tier out of the oven...

sambarose's picture

I am just in the midst of making a three-tier chocolate marble cake!

I hope it works!!!! :0)

kristyb_23's picture

made this today! lovely!

emily-york's picture

really yummy,great as a birthday cake topped with chocolate fudge icing.

paypol's picture

I make this as a tray bake and add orange zest and juice to the plain mix. As a topping I use chocolate melted with some milk and some icing sugar mixed with orange juice and drizzle them both all over the top.

leeshannah's picture

I have made this recipe so many times, and it always comes out perfect. Love, love, love it!!

MumatronTracy's picture

Easy to make, I added a chocolate and vanilla frosting and everyone loved it

jessss's picture

made them as little muffins and they were gorgeous!

roody_m's picture

Thanks for this great recipe. Despite doing everything by hand the result was great. My girlfriend loved it!!!!

The only change i've made was reducing the amount of sugar.

carolineb's picture

extremely simple to make and delicious every time. took this to work the other day and finished very quickly!

martagasiorowska's picture

Baked mine in a loaf tin, @ 160 degrees, for 60min. Used 180 g of sugar, flour, butter and 3 eggs, 1tsp baking powder . Added 3 spoons of nutella. Sprinkled a little bit of sugar on top. Found it a little bit too sweet so next time will use less sugar. Definetely not too dry. Just perfect. Dead easy and quick to make for when you get home after work. Tasted great with a glass of milk.

jessss's picture

could you use margarine instead of butter?

katiejanesavage's picture

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

proofofthepudding's picture

A wee bit fiddly with the two mixtures, but end result - excellent!
Will definitely make this one again & again...really good and not too sickly sweet, like some cakes. A+!

konstantina's picture

This cake is lovely as is and a hit with the kids and neighbours. It is so fast and easy to make.

pkundi's picture

I'm a real amateur at baking - what size eggs am I to use?


Questions (10)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (0)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…