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 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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7th Jun, 2014
Amazing! Just baked.. a beautiful swirly success :)
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14th May, 2014
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!
9th May, 2014
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 ! :)
27th Apr, 2014
made this cake, i added chocolate chunks,it was lovely.
22nd Apr, 2014
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 :):)
25th Mar, 2014
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.
24th Mar, 2014
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.
23rd Mar, 2014
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
24th Feb, 2014
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 :)
19th Feb, 2014
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.


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