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)

pangswe's picture

Back to simple uncomplicated and tasty baking....why not?

samanthadeighton's picture

i made this a few weeks ago for me and my bf, it was really easy to make and i added more milk to it than it says, it stayed moist for about 3 days, would of been nice with a sauce or something

titchywitch's picture

I made this for my daughters birthday, and divided the mixture into three to add a pink/strawberry swirl also. It really worked. To make it bigger I upped the ingredients by 1/4 . I covered it in buttercream and everyone loved it.

sarakelly123's picture

Really easy to make and tasted great. Will definitely be making it again.

jeanius's picture

My grandson made this almost himself (used food processor), it tasted lovely, althoug ours took a little longer to cook than the recipe.

kimbolo's picture

was very nice and really easy too.will be a favorite teatime snack

pops-learns-to-cook's picture

I did find this the tiniest bit dry but this is the easiest cake recipe I've come across and went down really well with the ravenous hordes. I made muffins from the batter and baked them for about 20 minutes in a fan-assisted electric oven and turned the tray around halfway through. I also put a half teaspoon of Nutella on top of the batter and swirled it in before baking. These were a real hit!

shimasue's picture

Absolutely fabulous, very light and moist.... was eaten by the family within 30 minutes of it been made.... will make it again for sure.

starlycarly's picture

Fantastic cake i made it with young children and it went down well.

louisehall1982's picture

Lovely Recipe, this only lasted 2 minutes in our house. Definately make again and maybe next time i would put a layer of chocolate over the top. Yummy

nixkitz's picture

Agree with previous comments - the cake would be dry without any topping (I used a chocolate glaze). The marble effect, however, is stunning and people are always impressed with it!

turveygl's picture

Very yummy and easy to cook

missmatch's picture

Easy & fun to make.

charleymelon's picture

I loved this cake and so did everyone who tried it, I'll definately make it again!

captincondom's picture

Yep, I like, but a little dry, so maybe a butter icing centre next time.

lizz_92's picture

I only used 3 eggs (medium), as thats all that was in the house..
and it turned out great!
wasn't too dry either, which was a plus :)

tanisha's picture

it was good but a little dry

chilipeppers's picture

So simple to do and tastes good too. Kids enjoyed it. I m sure I ll do it again and again.

sgibbons's picture

I'm new to cake baking and was worried this may come out dry. I added two tablespoons of Nutella chocolate spread to the chocolate half and the cake came out lovely and moist. My favourite so far and I'll definately make it again!

jazzdeol's picture

my first cake, and it was great, although i did add chocolate glaze... mmmm


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