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



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  • 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 (389)

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.

mariamtherese's picture

It was the first time i tried this I loved it. Thank You! xx

clarederry's picture

Made this as marble cupcakes for a friends birthday. Very easy, yummy and moist.

kateplaice's picture

This is the easiest cake I have ever made - it really couldn't be simpler!

raggarwal's picture

Hi, I son't have self raising flour. If I use normal flour - how much baking powder or baking soda do I have to put?

tweetie17's picture

I've made this cake about 20 times since discovering the recipe earlier this year and it has always been a winner. The cake is moist and the marble effect is absolutely stunning - much more defined than any off-the-shelf mix. Half and half cupcakes are also a favourite with the kids!

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

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

nice and moist, didn't last long

emmawelsh's picture

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.


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