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 eggs



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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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4th Jun, 2012
I loved the texture of the cake , it was awesome & most importantly finished in a jiffy :)
27th May, 2012
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!
22nd May, 2012
Thanks for this lovely cake. Kids loved it - yum, yum. X
13th May, 2012
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.
10th May, 2012
Brilliant! To die for with custard
7th May, 2012
yumyumyumyumyum ribbit
5th May, 2012
Easy to make - whack it in the processor! The family and neighbours loved it! Moist, delicious cake.
30th Apr, 2012
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
28th Apr, 2012
This is easy to make and it comes out looking and tasting amazing.
24th Apr, 2012
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.


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