Chocolate marble cake

Chocolate marble cake

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(277 ratings)

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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Theodore Siri
4th Oct, 2013
What a marble cake! Will sertainly do it again.
30th Sep, 2013
Simple and a yummy cake. I prefer making hassle-free cakes and this is one of those cakes which require less work and ingredients and turns out perfect.
29th Sep, 2013
Lovely cake!! I did as someone recommended below an added some ground almond as well as the flour and threw in some almond extract. Really lovely cake!! 5*
24th Sep, 2013
Absolutely love this cake!! It is very easy to make and truely delicious. I have made it numerous times for family/work and it is always a hit with a nice cuppa!
23rd Sep, 2013
This is a great recipe, I made it for 10 people, everybody complemented the aesthetic finish and light texture of the cake! The recipe is very easy to follow and remember for next time. I added a little extra smashed milk chocolate into mine to which the cake had moments of wonderfully soft and silky chocolate against the lightness of the marble sponge! I definitely recommend this extra part!
17th Sep, 2013
Really easy and yummy. I made 2 separate cakes and joined them together with a great big smear of Nutella. Cakes just required less cooking time, kids and hubby loved it.
8th Sep, 2013
Made this yesterday & today! Threw all ingredients in mixer & whizzed, OH wanted the oven for different temperature for our tea, watched film on tv & completely forgot about cake mix. This morning I put in the oven for 45 mins not expecting great results but it turned out fine. A very durable recipe.
1st Sep, 2013
Wizzed this up in the food processor today. Really easy to make. I did add some chopped up dark chocolate to the vanilla mix. Fab result, and looks good. Cooked it in a round buntd tin. Marbling looks great....cooling and everyone says it smells fabulous! Yum yum yum!
2nd Aug, 2013
Super quick to throw together and very tasty. Looked just like the photo. I baked it for 55mins and is still lovely and moist. I think I will try it with fun colours next time! Oh, and the whole house smelt FANTASTIC while it was baking :)
5th Jul, 2013
i have made this cake 4 times and every time i've made it, it has been a delight to eat. I would definetely recommend this yummy yet easy recipe!


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