Chocolate marble cake

Chocolate marble cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
468
protein
6g
carbs
52g
fat
27g
saturates
16g
fibre
1g
sugar
31g
salt
0.81g

Ingredients

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2008

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shrovikium's picture

I had been looking for a good marble cake recipe and my husband stumbled upon this one. I tried it and have made this cake about 10 times already, and my first attempt was only about 4 weeks ago! This is a brilliant recipe and my husband and kids absolutely love it. Thanks BBC Goodfood.

hymiebumfluff's picture

This is a lovely cake. I made it for the school fete in a tin and it sold out within 10 mins. I adapted it slightly using a recipe from Australia whereby you also add blobs of strawberry jam as you dollop the mixture into the tin. It makes it a bit moister and then I iced it with chocolate glace frosting and 100's & 1000's. It makes a great birthday cake if you divide the mixture into 3 portions and colur one pink. Yum!

cocoam's picture
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My whole family loved this cake, it didn't last very long at all. I added a simple chocolate buttercream icing for the chocoholics in the family.

coen83's picture
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nice and moist, didn't last long

emmawelsh's picture
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Great recipe.
Mine actually looks better than the picture!! hee hee. It is more risen. Light, fluffy, tasty cake. Some people have mentioned that it's a bit dry without some form of icing - but for me it's a lovely sponge cake, just as marble cake should be.

theunistudent's picture

pretty simple and tasted great with some tea! mmmm.

went down well with all my studenty friends... :D

johnbart's picture

Want to try something different? Instead of the vannila, take a good quality orange, grate and use all the zest with the juice of the orange and follow the recipe as normal excluding the milk.
...delicious orange and chocolate flavour marble cake!

starsarah12's picture

Great Cake!! Making another one today, will try with icing as above.

richardcm's picture

My partner and I often spend a busy afternoon making some marblecake and we cannot recommend it highly enough! We scoff down plateful after plateful and keep coming back for more.
This cake is delicious.

elinorwelch's picture
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Alison (9) says that the cake was lovely and she is going to make it for her teacher's birthday!

Harrysu's picture
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So easy to make and delicious, a firm favourite with my daughters. For an extra treat try a topping, I used a caramel topping as recipe `Chocca mocca caramel cake`, it complimented the chocolate/vanilla flavours of the cake a huge hit all round. . .

forestnuter's picture
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Scrumptious! No problems whatsoever. Not too dry and doesn’t need a butter icing as that would detract from the beautiful chocolate flavour. I've now got requests coming out of my ears!

angieboyd's picture
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So very simple to make, definately needs to be served with cream or custard or even chocolate custard (yum) The taste was really nice albeit a little dry.

cezalig's picture
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VERY EASY AND VERY NICE. MY FAMILY LOVED IT,MAYBE LESS SUGAR NEXT TIME WILL BE BETTER.

jenniecox's picture
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Easy peasy, tastes great, looks fab! I followed the recipe this time but I might try a bit of icing next time just to jazz it up a bit!

1066boh1066's picture
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This is an excellent recipe which can be doubled with ease depending on how many need feeding. All who have eaten it have asked for the recipe. I don't think there can be any higher recommendation.

Easy for children to do too.

Sandy

burzulicious's picture
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My family loved this one! I put on a simple chocolate icing just because I didn't think a little cocoa powder was enough chocolate for us. It was wonderful! Not too heavy, just perfection!

smitchy's picture
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Very easy to make, family loved it!

marialk's picture

delicios

vmanoussos's picture

This is a great recipe. A teacher of mine used to say "simple engineering is good engineering" !

I would like to add my version. You can replace the sugar with equal volume (not weight) of sweetener. This is great for a "light" version or a diabetic one, without compromising on the flavour. So for one measure of sugar use one measure (i.e. one cup) of sweetener. Replace part of the flour (you may want to experiment with this) with semolina. Add some cinammon and ground gloves. Do not be afraid to add more vanilla or orange juice/extract.

An additional Medditeranean flavour is given if you add a bit of ground mastic or mastic flavour.

Enjoy !!!

Vassilis the Greek !!

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