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)

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!!

mummytotwins's picture

So easy and so good

hoodrichhh's picture

very nice! boyfriend loved it, have made it twice now :)

ooolala's picture

amazing its perfect everytime :)

yummamamma's picture

This was nice.

meishhhh's picture

Absolutely gorgeous cake!Didn't last very long!will be making this over and again- deffinitely a keeper!

jubzywubzy's picture

Very easy to follow with perfect results. the only thing I added was milk cooking chocolate which gave it a lovely finish.

neatandtidy's picture

Love this recipe! Made this yesterday, wasnt sure if i had done it right as had to handbeat the mix but it turned out fab! I added a spoon of vegetable oil and a pinch of baking powder as per some of the other comments and it turned out perfectly moist :-) the brown sugar topping is also a fab idea!

jinnjane's picture

I tried to bake the cake today. The cake is a bit dry and hard on outer ring. The middle ipart dropped when I took it out from the oven. Can anyone give tips to prevent these?

leandas2007's picture

Made this as a traybake for Halloween, split the mix into 3 and did one choc, one orange and one greeen. Topped with a choccy topping and Halloween sprinkles, children and adults both loved it, very easy :)

sophie22's picture

Made this last week, I thought it was lovely, having read the comments saying it was dry i was a little worried but it was actually very moist and tasted brilliant.

srscott's picture

Looks good, but a bit bland...

lisajo29's picture

Great marble cake, much better than the shop bought versions! I used golden caster sugar and put mine into a loaf tin, took about 57mins to cook. I think I did a few too many twirls with the skewer as mine mixed a bit too much, so wasn't much of a marble effect, next time I think I'll just do 1 twirl!

hogiani's picture

Never fails, tastes amazing.... Coook it!!

maya19490's picture

Very good Cake. Added only 3 eggs instead of 4 eggs and added 2 tbsp of milk. A little dry but good with coffee or tea.

carolinebrown1981's picture

Great, loved baking it with my step daughter as easy simple recipe and the girls at work loved it.

clairelumley1981's picture

Absolutely delicious. So easy to make. Added a table spoon of rapeseed oil as recommended and was lovely and moist, no need for buttercream. Will be making again or sure.

sukenzie's picture

Everyone loved it. Even my fussy two yr old. But I probably baked it a wee bit too long at 40 mins....the crust made the cake a tad dry....otherwise its perfection. Fuss-free and moist. A must-try. Thanks for sharing Emma. c",)


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