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 (388)

trlai1's picture

I've made this twice now, it's a great recipe! Thank you!

melanieall's picture

Great cake, I didn't alternate the two cake mixtures properly so my marbling effect wasn't very good but I will do that better next time. The cake tastes lovely and I will make it again. I used the quick everything mixed together option as my 5 year old was 'helping' me and I would also use that method again.

hstevenson's picture

I found this reciepe easy to make and tasted lovey and moist.

claudia_luna's picture

Lovely cake! I swapped the cocoa powder for melted dark chocolate and the flavour was lot more intense!
The cake came out a bit dry... might need to leave it less in the oven.

missy786's picture

I made this and it turned out really nice. Can i make it in a rectangle tin next time?

lmfarrell's picture

Loved this cake!! I added a spoonful of Nutella to the chocolate half which made it very moist. Definitely making this again!

lisamt1980's picture

Great recipe, extremely moist cake and very more-ish! My family and work colleagues really enjoyed it. Easy to make too :)

deepthi77's picture

this is the same recipe my granny use to make every year....and its my favorite.

rae2822's picture

I made this for my little brothers birthday, I added peppermint flavoring to make it mint choc and covered it in mint chocolate ganache absolutely delicious!

kelli_y's picture

Is this recipe nut-free. plz reply asap!

eleanor73's picture

Lovely and very easy. I did it without the icing and didn't find it dry.

katiebrien's picture

was nice with a bit of custard

cynthiaaa's picture

Very easy and quick to make! It's fluffy, moist and very tasty! :)

leahill's picture

Made this for the family they really loved it put melted chocolate over the top one special cake will do this again.

leahill's picture

So easy to make my family loved it melted chocolate over the top will be making this again.

angelabateson's picture

I made this for my hubby's birthday in december. It turned out amazing and the recipe was easy to follow. Thank u so much

tinks212's picture

My 3 year old daughter absolutely love making this with me, almost as much as she did eating it! have made it twice already and will definitely be making it again.

rachykill's picture

This is the first cake i ever baked and it turned out fab. Everyone loved it and have passed the recipie on a good few times. Its the cake that started my baking journey !!!

bigsmileygirl's picture

I used this recipe in the Nordicware holiday tree bundt pan (the one used in nigellas recipe) and it came out excellently. I've used the recipe a few times now and always replace the milk with an extra egg.

Excellent, quick and my family love it!

saucy1's picture

yes this cake is so quick and tastes great. i added some Lindt chocolate orange to it in big chuncks and it tasted like a big slice of jaffa cake!!


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