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 (391)

Theodore Siri's picture

What a marble cake! Will sertainly do it again.

pranjal.nagar's picture

Simple and a yummy cake. I prefer making hassle-free cakes and this is one of those cakes which require less work and ingredients and turns out perfect.

sineadf's picture

Lovely cake!! I did as someone recommended below an added some ground almond as well as the flour and threw in some almond extract. Really lovely cake!! 5*

katjae12's picture

Absolutely love this cake!! It is very easy to make and truely delicious. I have made it numerous times for family/work and it is always a hit with a nice cuppa!

abitaaa's picture

This is a great recipe, I made it for 10 people, everybody complemented the aesthetic finish and light texture of the cake! The recipe is very easy to follow and remember for next time. I added a little extra smashed milk chocolate into mine to which the cake had moments of wonderfully soft and silky chocolate against the lightness of the marble sponge! I definitely recommend this extra part!

wadders01's picture

Really easy and yummy. I made 2 separate cakes and joined them together with a great big smear of Nutella. Cakes just required less cooking time, kids and hubby loved it.

fulgencio's picture

Made this yesterday & today! Threw all ingredients in mixer & whizzed, OH wanted the oven for different temperature for our tea, watched film on tv & completely forgot about cake mix. This morning I put in the oven for 45 mins not expecting great results but it turned out fine. A very durable recipe.

mindymoo62's picture

Wizzed this up in the food processor today. Really easy to make. I did add some chopped up dark chocolate to the vanilla mix. Fab result, and looks good.
Cooked it in a round buntd tin. Marbling looks great....cooling and everyone says it smells fabulous! Yum yum yum!

jmcguire's picture

Super quick to throw together and very tasty. Looked just like the photo. I baked it for 55mins and is still lovely and moist. I think I will try it with fun colours next time! Oh, and the whole house smelt FANTASTIC while it was baking :)

saffystarxx's picture

i have made this cake 4 times and every time i've made it, it has been a delight to eat. I would definetely recommend this yummy yet easy recipe!

ohyeahmarblecake's picture

Worked the trick will definitely be using it again.
Also, it is lovely with melted chocolate over it :)

cmariex's picture

All was going well until i removed my cake from the oven and left it to cool, when it proceeded to shrink and wrinkle up. Still really yummy though.

sharenewilson's picture

I loved this recipe. It was so easy and the cake turned out beautifully.

MrsG's picture

I made this the other day, I did make a couple of mistakes and I blame the husband entirely ;) slight misread of recipe and shortage of an ingredient led to adding another :/
I fell short with 188g butter, so added 2tbsp vegetable oil. Instead of a recommended pinch of baking powder, I added 1 tbsp. baking powder. For the cocoa powder, I used what I already had...Cadbury's drinking chocolate powder.
The cake turned out.....Absolutely beautiful! It didn't burst with all the baking powder and it wasn't dry, it was very yummy.
The only thing I will change next time would be the chocolate, as this time it didn't taste very chocolaty....I am getting the urge to experiment with the type of chocolate, I'm thinking choc caramel bars or something mmmmmmm
So yes this cake was easy to make (especially when you blitz all ingredients together at once in the mixer ;) and very yummy, even if you make mistakes lol
Will definitely be doing this again!

fawaz's picture

When you heat oven on 180c , check your cake after 35 min to dont over cock , cause min it's dry after 35 min exactly , then don't forget to leave it at Least 10 min to cool down then but it over cooling rack for 3 min aprox in room temperature .

fawaz's picture

It's perfect , tasty and light , I used a Hershey's unsweetened coco bowser ( very dilicious )

harriettsara's picture

DO THIS- instead of the 225g sr flour, do 150g SR flour and 50g ground almonds, 1 tbsp baking powder. This prevents the cake being dry.
I made a buttercream icing which was completely unnecessary as the cake was moist enough due to the groubd almond addition.

lozcat74's picture

As usual my children helped me make this. It was easy, turned out beautifully, tasted wonderful, lasted all of 5 minutes in this house. I'm baking every other day!

saffystarxx's picture

made this cake twicenand both times it was superb and looked just like the picture! the only concern that i have is maybe add more sugaR DEPENDING ON HOw much sweet tooth u have but apart from that its great.

pengyhigh1954's picture

Made this for my book club using 6 eggs and all ingredients increased pro rata. Baked in a ring mould. They all loved the moistness. A real classic.


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