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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 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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8th Sep, 2015
Very easy and nice
12th Aug, 2015
Great recipe. Have made it a few times now & I can't understand the reviews that have said there's too much mixture. It works exactly.
7th Aug, 2015
Wonderful recipe. I make this time and time again. A firm family favourite.
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31st May, 2015
Loved this cake ! My kids helped and they really enjoyed making this cake and we're excited with the marbled result. Would recommend this recipe to anyone! Thank you loads!
6th Apr, 2015
The recipe is awesome!!!
6th Apr, 2015
The marble cake turned out very soft and yummy! Even while it cold the cake still tasted very nice and delicious. Thank You for this recipe!
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17th Mar, 2015
I have tried this recipe today and it worked perfectly. Thanks a lot to the author of this recipe
1st Mar, 2015
This is the third cake I've baked, and it's turned out really good. I did end up using slightly more milk and cocoa powder than the recipe calls for, but otherwise, I followed it to the letter. Hats off to the author!
10th Feb, 2015
made a mocha version of this, really good recipe, moist and tasty
25th Jan, 2015
Have made this 3 times so far. Worked perfect every time!! I did however, use a high sided cake tin so didn't come across the 'Spilling out' issues that other people have had. Have also had requests from family and friends to make it for them too :o) BIG thumbs up from me


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