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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oatakire's picture
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great cake. easy to bake too!

shazsull's picture

DISAPPEARS DOUBLE QUICK IN OUR HOUSE
never ever fails very yummy xx

poshpause's picture
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Fantastic!! I made a chocolate and orange version by adding half an orange's worth of juice and a whole orange's worth of zest to the "vanilla" mixture, just left out the vanilla flavouring. With a good old dusting of sugar on the top before it went into the oven, it came out with a lovely crusty crunchy top and tasted divine! This one's a keeper!

littlemisshappy145's picture
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i ♥ this!!
i managed to tell my brother that i had used gone off eggs and so that explained why there were faint green parts of the cake !!!! a whole cake to me!!!
(i used green food colouring!!)
lovely cake, but could have been moistened a bit more

catz1ct's picture
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Perfect!

imabadpixie's picture
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Made double the mixture for two cakes. They rose really nicely (my cakes never seem to rise in my gas oven!). I replaced 50g of flour with ground almonds (50g) which improved the dryness- still a bit dry though, but i think this is the nature of the cake. Added a little more milk.

Looks fantastic when cut though!

Will make again, as was a nice alternative to a normal sponge!

angfen's picture
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Fantastic!!!

angie20981's picture

I made this cake twice and both thimes it worked out perfectly what a great recipe.
The second time I made less of the chocolatemixture but used the same amount of coco. This makes the marbled effect stand out more and you can taste the chocolate more

drdahl's picture
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My first home made cake! Loverly

eallnutt's picture
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Super easy to make, very yummy and moist, would certainly make again, I added just a drop of vanilla extract to my mix :D

jcallaghan's picture

This looked pretty, but my family thought it tasted a bit boring and plain. We made it a second time and added a packet of chocolate chunks to the mixture before dividing it in two. We also added some brown sugar to the top of the cake half way through cooking, as someone else suggested. It was very successful and we'll certainly be making it again.

olandolt's picture

Amazingly easy and tasty. Added just a little bit of chocolate shavings to the chocolate batter.

f1madxxx's picture
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Me and my son made this for Grandad as a birthday cake, everyone loved it and it was really fun to make.

evicka's picture

Gorgeous cake, took 55 minuts on 160 C in my hot air oven. I wouldn't agree with the previous comments that it tastes dry without a filling or icing. Perhaps they left it in the oven for too long. There is enough butter to keep it moist and the beauty is in its simplicity. So before you start icing and putting filling inside the cake, try it as is and just be careful of the timings and the temperature.

gembot90's picture

this is the first cake i have ever made {im 26!} and it worked out a treat! tastes lovely too so thanks for easy to follow instructions and a great recipe all round!

willwm's picture

the cake was wonderful..the second time of cooking it i altered 1 or 2 things....i used 1 tsp baking powder...cooked it in sandwich tins ..used elmlea, 1 tbsp coco powder , and 1 tbsp of icing sugar for the filling...really nice ...will cook it many times im sure...im doing one now , going cover it with royal icing to make it into a birthday cake.

maddieson's picture

Great cake and an absolute doddle to make for the culinary incompetant like myself!

jojomid's picture
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Excellent & easy recipe. Like most of the previous comments...the cake didn't last long.

grymish's picture
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Just made this for a friends birthday - recipe turned out brilliant, baked it in two seperate sandwich tins for 35 mins and sandwiched it with chocolate buttercream,b efore finishing it off with chocolate icing glaze and a crumbled flake - very snazy looking I must say!

verityboak's picture
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After a phone call saying that friends had decided to pop in for a cuppa... I threw this together in no time at all. The result was fantasitc, not to mention the fact that I looked like a true domestic goddess! Loved it on its own, warm out the oven.

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