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



    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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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.
21st Apr, 2012
The family love this - not only is it good to eat, but with two little helpers, there are two bowls to like clean!
19th Apr, 2012
Hi, I have always wanted to make a basic marble cake but failed badly..thank you so much for your receipe, I managed to do it really well, I didn't add in the cocoa powder so to make it into a butter cake. It,s fantastic... Great texture, great taste. I will definitely keep this receipe it...thumbs up 
16th Apr, 2012
YUMMY! Was worried it would be a little dry but it wasn't, the sponge was still quite moist. I have been asked by the family to make more of it
16th Apr, 2012
Mmmmmm! Yum Yum!
12th Apr, 2012
Wow iv just made this cake again! This time I doubled the mixture and put white choc chips in the vanilla and milk cho chips in the choc mix.... This was a massive cake and delish!!! I went choco mad and put chocolate on the top too... Scrummy!!!!
10th Apr, 2012
Very easy and went down a treat at the cake sale at work!
9th Apr, 2012
So easy to make and came out perfect, will make it again for sure!
9th Apr, 2012
I made this once with my friend, but today I made it on my own... Loved making it, licking the mixture off the spoon and eventually eating it! Only thing is, it took longer than 45 minutes to make. Oh, and I forgot to put greaseproof paper in the bottom of the tin, so the base was all cracked up T_T But still! Really fun and easy recipe, definitely worth making! 5 stars!


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