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Chocolate marble cake

Chocolate marble cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 225g butter, softened

    Butter

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  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 egg

    Egg

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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk

    Milk

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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

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Method

  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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Comments (385)

mintcake1's picture
5

Brilliant cake recipe, I've made this loads, sometimes cover in chocolate ganache, always really yummy!

Class 142's picture

Made this cake for mothers day, she really enjoyed it and cried a little because she said it remembered her of when my grandmother used to make it for her! Must have been brilliant. Very easy and simply to create! Will be making this again. I also took another one to church and majority of the people who tasted said it was lovely.

benish's picture

Have made it a couple of times and always turns out amazing!

ramroum_'s picture
0

The worst cake ever !! It's a total waste of time and money! Went straight in the bin ! I followed the instructions but the cake just sunk when i took it out of the oven and it turned out it's raw !! Not recommended at all !

ramroum_'s picture
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That's the worst cake ever ! A waste of time and money. I just threw straight in the bin !! I followed the instructions and the cake sunk in the middle when i took it out of the oven and it turned out it's raw in the middle ! Not recommended at all !!

n33na's picture

I made this cake and it took approx 1 hour 15 mins to cook. The cake had risen in the oven but I was disappointed in the end result. When I took the cake out of the oven the cake sunk down even though it was cooked on the outside the inside was slightly uncooked at the base :(
Any suggestions on how long I should have let the cake to bake in the oven?

reenie2015's picture

Done this at school, except we split the batter into 3. The third being mint with green color extract.

Oripoyo's picture

Very easy and nice

glasgow's picture
5

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.

paulawalsh's picture
5

Wonderful recipe. I make this time and time again. A firm family favourite.

2015lovefood's picture

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!

katbarry71's picture
5

The recipe is awesome!!!

katbarry71's picture
5

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!

hiraa's picture
5

I have tried this recipe today and it worked perfectly. Thanks a lot to the author of this recipe

Agni2612's picture
5

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!

lorihiggins's picture
5

made a mocha version of this, really good recipe, moist and tasty

DavidHubbard's picture

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

badmarblecake's picture

This marble cake has just come out of the oven for my best friends birthday, and frankly I am embarrassed and ashamed to present this. I bake regularly with her, and have never produced such a disaster. I have used a 20cm cake tin, and dissapointingly it has spilt over the edges and completely covered the meal i was also preparing for the party tonight. Moreover it is burnt, and soggy inside. What a shame.

badmarblecake's picture

This marble cake has just come out of the oven for my best friends birthday, and frankly I am embarrassed and ashamed to present this. I bake regularly with her, and have never produced such a disaster. I have used a 20cm cake tin, and dissapointingly it has spilt over the edges and completely covered the meal i was also preparing for the party tonight. Moreover it is burnt, and soggy inside- and took over an hour to solidify. What a shame.

badmarblecake's picture

This marble cake has just come out of the oven for my best friends birthday, and frankly I am embarrassed and ashamed to present this. I bake regularly with her, and have never produced such a disaster. I have used a 20cm cake tin, and dissapointingly it has spilt over the edges and completely covered the meal i was also preparing for the party tonight. Moreover it is burnt, and soggy inside. What a shame.

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Questions (10)

kamranm's picture

It is the first time I ever wanted to cook a cake, It was delicious but the cake was so thick and I don't know why? Any tips?

akosita's picture

I know this metric can I get the measurement in the USA.

goodfoodteam's picture
Hi there, thanks for your question, you can find good cup to gram convertors online. This recipe was tested in metric so we don’t have the conversions.
catplumb's picture

Think i only have a 7in cake tin, so was wondering if I could use a 2 lb loaf tin instead and how should I adjust the cooking time?

Buckethead's picture

Hi everyone. Can you please tell me what size cake this mix will make? I'm after a 9 inch and 6 inch round that will be 3-4 inches high so would a double mix do?
Thanks

Andiej79's picture

I want to bake 2 cakes and layer it with something in between.
Does anyone have any recommendations that will compliment this cake? I've tried Choc Ganache, but my family didn't like it too much.
I'm looking for something cream based - i think?

goodfoodteam's picture

How about a chocolate cream: whip together 300ml of double cream with 1 tsp of vanilla paste until just holding its shape. Melt 125g chocolate, allow to cool a little then fold into the double cream. You can leave it marbled or fold together entirely.

JadeBarrett's picture

Hi, does this recipe work without Baking Powder then? Its unusual its not included in the ingredients xx

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi Jade, thanks for getting in touch. As the commenter below says, the self-raising flour has a raising agent in it already so no need for any extra.

bakingqueenholliex's picture

not all cakes need baking powder! SELF- RAISING flour will make it rise. ASnd so will the eggs. This recipe is brilliant so don't worry about the baking powder not being in it as it will come out perfect anyway! xx

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