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



    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.

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Comments (383)

zozo14's picture

easy to make and it taste perfect loved it will be making it again and again...

mrsraggle's picture

I really liked this, dead easy to do and tasty. I'd just suggest you add a little more milk to the chocolate mixture after you've stirred in the cocoa as I've found the choccie bits a little bit dry.

angiegough81's picture

Lovely and very easy to make, not bad for my first attempt at baking.

sana70's picture

It is a wonderful cake . Easy to make ,It really comes out well. just loved it , will definitely try again.

weetabix's picture

I've made this a couple of times now, and the simplicity and the fact that it never fails to impress amazes me. I think it is wonderful on it's own although maybe a little bit plain. After reading these comments though i must try it as a sandwich cake with butter cream and icing on the top. I can't wait!

jstannard's picture

I forgot to rate it!!!

jstannard's picture

I made this for my brothers Greek Girlfriend who hasn't had it since she moved to Britain, 12 years ago. We all thought it was lovely. Very moist sponge with a nice crunchy crust.

cali118's picture

I made this cake this afternoon- it turn out very nice!

If you prefer drier and healthier version - replace butter with Flora Light butter spread , and use 3 eggs instead of 4.

andy_pere09's picture

I didn't have self-raising flour so I added half a teaspoon of baking powder. It came out ok but was not very soft and fluffy. Wonder what I did wrong

sophiecakes's picture

I made this for Halloween with ready to roll icing which i made into a pumpkin ! It worked really well!

alicypalzy's picture

We loved this cake, didn't even last for 24 hours. next time I'm going to do the orange version as suggested in one of the earlier posts. I'm also planning a "blood curdling" one for Halloween!!!!

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tollie's picture

Brilliant! and everyone loved it, mine came out looking exactly how it does in the picture, will deffinately make this again :)

tollie's picture

Brilliant! and everyone loved it, mine came out looking exactly how it does in the picture, will deffinately make this again :)

josieclaridge's picture

try this with half chocolate and half peppermint - and a few drops of green colouring- its really nice. But possibly needs a chocolate topping.

ummyusuf's picture

Made it 4 the 1st time today and it looked just like the pic but tasted even better. So easy to make and not too sweet. Perfect.

vsmith's picture

Easy to make and popular with all the people who've managed to eat some before I ate it all!

heidipidy's picture

so easy to bake - and came out perfect every time - best recipe ever !!!!!!!!!!! have to hide this cake !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

katy22's picture

This is great to make with children as it is easy and fun.


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