Chocolate marble cake

Chocolate marble cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

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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

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  • 225g butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

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  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2008

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dylanos's picture

what measurements shiould i use if i use a loaf tin

misskroy's picture

This was the first cake ive ever made and it turned out well! However I found it too sweet and would put in less sugar next time. Thank you for giving me confidence in baking!

NargisS's picture

Amazing! Just baked.. a beautiful swirly success :)

emmasykes16's picture

I have just finished putting this in the oven! Fingers crossed! I'm sure by all the positive comments, it will turn out lovely! I also never had a problem making this (well not yet)! Can't wait to taste it!

Ozzy_and_Elvis's picture
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I gave it 4 because it was very easy to make and good way to pass the time, but it was a little on the dry side but still very tasty ! :)

meloni's picture

made this cake, i added chocolate chunks,it was lovely.

jessica90912xx's picture

I made this cake yesterday and it is a really easy recipe but it took ages to cook I put it in for 50 mins then 8 then 7 then 5 but it was really delicious :):)

LadyEmily's picture

I made this cake last week for my hubby's birthday. He loved it, and I was pleased as it tasted nice and was moist, but I somehow managed to burn the outside!
I used a vanilla bean paste instead of the extract, as I had some already and liked the idea of real bits of seed running through my cake.

raihanmoi's picture

Lovely cake, really moist. I used 4.5 tablespoons of milk though (another reader suggested 6 tablespoons but I thought that was a bit much).

Baked for 40+10+7+7 minutes, but then again my cake tin was a bit small so the end product was a really thick cake.

One thing I would recommend though is to -not- alternate between layering the chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate part tends to mix with the vanilla, so you don't end up with the beautiful marble effect. Instead pour all the chocolate batter into the tin first before you add the vanilla, then swirl (not too many times too!). That way you have a lot of chocolate at the bottom, and a lot of vanilla at the top, but with a beautiful swirly effect in the middle.

jojokings's picture

Just made this cake, it's lovely. 150g sr flour and added 50g ground almonds. Also added a hand full of chocolate chunks to the chocolate mixture. Soo easy!!!! Really good

Daisyjoy's picture
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I made this for my daughter's birthday cake (adding pink food colouring to the vanilla sponge!), and it is the easiest cake I've ever made and came out perfectly! I will now use this if I want a chocolate cake and just keep all the mix together and add lots more cocoa. So pleased I found this recipe, I often have problems with cakes rising etc and this was wonderful :)

kathcook's picture

Really easy recipe made with the kids for some half term fun! Absolutely delicious easiest marble cake recipe I have found. The cake is really moist but we did add some chocolate fudge flavour icing on the top just to add to the calorific content !!!
I'm sure it would last at least 3 days but doubt it will in our house!
5 stars if the iPad would co-operate.

bakingqueenholliex's picture

omg best cake ever!!! i made it loads of times and they all turned out wonderful! if u ice all over it, the marble effect will be an amazing surprise for your family and friends. This recipe made me win a charity bake off too! so definitely try this recipe out and you will be amazed!

JelenaB's picture

I tried many marble cake recipes, but THIS ONE RULES!!!! not only that it is the most simple of all, but it bakes in any kind of dish that you have. i tried silicon, ceramic, aluminium, name it it turned out great, and yummy and soft and delicious.
Btw, I and a huge fan of this kind of cakes :-)
Thanks a lot!

BBD-Lite's picture

I make this regularly and it's always eaten up in 3 days! Very simple to make and delicious. I find I have to add about 3 extra tbsp. of milk to the batter though - and it's done in exactly 45 minutes in my oven.

Zoe4's picture

I decided to make this cake after reading all the great comments but it somehow did not work for me. It looked great but tasted really dry.

tiger1201's picture

Hi I am 13 years old and have just made this cake, it was so simple that I forgot to put the greaseproof paper on the bottom :( .But after all the cake tasted AMAZING!!!! Thank You :-]