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



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  • 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 (391)

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

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

Harrysu's picture

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

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

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.

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jenniecox's picture

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

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.


burzulicious's picture

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

Very easy to make, family loved it!

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 !!

madmedhurst's picture

excellant and very easy to make loved it

snowbeast's picture

Made this last week and was v well recieved! Took it out after 55 mins and was perfectly moist and delicious. I have tried a chocolate and orange version (added some orange zest and 2 tbsp fresh orange juice to the vanilla part of the mixture) and am just waiting for it to come out of the oven! Yum.

andylangfor's picture

All the kids love to make this cake, and eat it. never anything left !

saintsfan454's picture

It's pretty awsome if you mix some lemon zest in with the plain mixture. (:

caz167's picture

i have made this cake sevral times before and every time i need a quick, easy and absolutly delish cake i come to this recepie. just about to go and make one for a baby shower!! theres only 1 problem with it though... it dosent last long enough because practicly before its even got cold its been snapped up by my family!!

milly200411's picture

So cheap!
So delicious!
So easy!
The perfect accompliment to an afternoon cuppa!
Will impress all your mates, I even sliced the cake in half and made some chocolate butercream to wedge in between!

gillyt's picture

Lovely easy recipe which I am going to use to make a birthday cake for a friend's 50th. I am going to split it and sandwich it with a creamy filling for added sinfulness!!!!


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