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marbled cake, chocolate icingMarble Cake is what I like to call a great “Gift Cake” – it’s a little bit more special than a normal sponge and looks pretty too so whenever I want to say thank you, or bring dessert to a party, this is my go-to cake!


Ingredients graphic220g Caster sugar

220g Self-raising Flour

180g Butter

2 Eggs

4 TBSP Milk

2 Tsp baking powder

40g Cocoa

1tsp Vanilla essence



Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees

Beat together the butter and sugar

Pre whisk the eggs and then beat into the butter and sugar

Stir in the milk

Sift and fold in the baking powder and flour – at this point you should have a bowl of normal cake mixture. This is where we go full marble!

Halve the mixture into two separate bowls and add the cocoa to one of them and the vanilla to the other

Separated mixtures

Stir in until creamy and chocolatey, making sure their is no more chocolate powder hiding in the bottom

(you can add melted chocolate instead of the cocoa powder if you are after a specific taste)

Grease a cake tin (really go for it because it needs a lot – if you think it’s too much it’s probably not)

The Greased tin
*Note – the size I used was a 9” tin *


Now spoon the mixture into the tin, alternating colours.

*They can touch, overlap and go on top of each other but the main thing is not to stir it TOO much – the idea is to have a swirly (marbled) effect *

Spooning the mixture




Now the tricky part…



Spread the mixture so that you are reaching all of the edges of the tin and flattening the top – try not to mix it together too much. Once you are done, bang the bottom against the counter a couple of times to remove the air bubbles (this is important to stop it cracking)

Smoothed mixture

Now put in the oven for 30 – 35 mins or until springy  (I check at around 25 mins just to make sure and then pop it back in for another 10)

When it’s done remove it from the oven and then provided it hasn’t raised too much, turn it upside down on a wire rack to cool.

Cooked Marble cake fresh from the oven

This is what I mean…

upside down to cool



When its cool you should be able to remove the tin because gravity has helped it “unstick” from the bottom of the pan and will leave a nice edge (usually) whilst cooling.

Then flip it up the other way and serve (you can keep it that way up but i like to show off my rack lines – cheeky – :p )

Rack lines


If you prefer to have icing on yours (nomnomnom) check out my “Gooey Chocolate Icing recipe” which is what I used on this one..

Here’s the finished result…

marbled cake, chocolate icing


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