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 (390)

misuba's picture

I had trouble getting the marble swirl effect as I didn't know how to do the dollops so turned out messy. This was a wonderful simple marble cake to bake. I recommend baking it in a loaf tin as doesn't work well in round tins.

sallyf246's picture

Lovely cake, why not try them as cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla buttercream icing on really works well and much quicker to make.

shawski's picture

Great recipe. I added red food colouring to the mixture so I ended up with a pink and chocolate marble cake. The children I made it for loved it!

shbrown's picture

Easy and very tasty!

theawesomedude's picture

What are the amounts of ingrdients if i use a 9 inch round cake tin??? ...or are they the same? please reply :)

tiapaul85's picture

Can't go wrong with this one. Turns out so good each time. Measurements are perfect. Thank you :)

mrsrc5's picture

Lovely cake - really easy but perfect to just whip up if you fancy a nice cake for the weekend.

higgins1983's picture

I made this cake for a tea/ coffee afternoon for the elderly and they absolutely loved it. I served it with lightly whipped vanilla flavoured cream. The next time I will make a ganache topping or buttercream icing as it was a little dry, other than that it is a great cake!

joshygyng's picture

Made this cake with my friend this weekend and it is an easy make and tastes delish! Recommed this to any beginer cooks like me because it is soo easy and tasty!

amritasamuel's picture

I loved the texture of the cake , it was awesome & most importantly finished in a jiffy :)

hannagail's picture

Having our first barbecue of the season tonight so I thought I'd make a cake to celebrate!
However, I did end up eating about half of the batter before baking it. This must be a sign that the cake will be delicious!

tonehay's picture

Thanks for this lovely cake. Kids loved it - yum, yum. X

aromabee's picture

The marble effect turned out really well, though the outer parts of the cake did seem a bit dry, the middle was nice and moist. I think the cake would have been great with a chocolate buttercream filling, or a chocolate icing on top.

roxon88's picture

Brilliant! To die for with custard

froggo12's picture

yumyumyumyumyum ribbit

vickiloulou's picture

Easy to make - whack it in the processor! The family and neighbours loved it! Moist, delicious cake.

nicnic87's picture

Actually used this recipe. Slightly adapted [ used real chocolate instead of powder - because I am SUPER healthy obviously ] turned out AWESOME.

But I used super budget ingredients. check it out

georgina310's picture

This is easy to make and it comes out looking and tasting amazing.

linachauhan's picture

I made this cake for the first time. After reading comments I replaced some of the butter with oil. It turned out really moist. Easy to make, just takes a while to bake.

nickmadge's picture

The family love this - not only is it good to eat, but with two little helpers, there are two bowls to like clean!


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