Chocolate marble cake

Chocolate marble cake

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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
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  • 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



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  • 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.

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Comments (391)

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?

ntinaki's picture

All greek recipes instruct you to use 500g of flour, but adding only 225g really makes a difference.
Just perfect

star2501's picture

I've just made this for the second time, but as cupcakes this time....they're still in the oven but they look fab already!

georgiajaneknoll's picture

Just cooked it, it turned out lovley!
its simple but looks and tastes awesome!
Would definatly make it again,
i put some milk melted choclate over the top and marbled white chocolate over the milk chocolate.

mssteel's picture

Simple, easy and delicious

demiixx's picture

Omg . . . This Is Great :D I Have Used This In School And Got A 10/10 For It :D

greengirl's picture

lovley recipe and very simple to make. the chocolate half was looking a bit dry when I mixed it first (it was a bit like stiff buttercream icing!) so I added a spoon of milk to that as well and it made all the difference. I'll definitely be making this one again!

It did take a lot longer to bake though than the 45-55 minutes but that's probably my oven....

stokelass's picture

I've made this cake several times already and everyone loves it!

charlotte172's picture

i made this cake to take into school tommorow have made it before very nice i added some nutella on the top and tasted great !

apegag's picture

Was so scrummy and quick to make!
Can whip this up nice and quickly from ingredients already in the cupboard and tasted amazing!

aisha7861's picture

YUMMMMMY!!! just added a tablespoon of oil, to make it moist, as some of the comments said it was a bit dry. But the end result was moist and DE-LISH and yes it did lik exactly like the one in the pic :-)

bootiebabes's picture

This was great it was moist and had a great texture and flavour, another favouriteee

ruthy10's picture

Fab cake to make, very easy and i had all the ingredients in the cupboard
marble effect was good, will definitely make again

ButterFly124's picture

loved this cake - so easy to make and didn't take that long. Next time I might swirl it more. Will definately make this again. Would be a great cake for special occasions - just add icing!

stephgervis84's picture

This was so easy to make. It looked just like the photo. Made it with the children, they loved it. Will definitely make again.

gizemakpinar's picture

Delicious but I think it's need more milk and maybe it's better to use less butter and sugar. But otherwise it's awesome !!

kitkat_321's picture

Looking forward to making this cake for school tomorrow :D

milesnm's picture

Was very Nice. First time I've baked in about 15 years!
Really straightforwad recipe to follow. I can't wait to make it again. Does not need any icing me and my partner thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

nbstrachan's picture

Great cake, have made it twice now, both for birthday cakes. Used a choc buttercream icing this time - delicious. It's a good cake for when I'm unorgainsed as I usually have all the ingredients in the cupboards.


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