Marble cake

Today I made a marble cake.  There’s nothing like a bit of baking when the weather is not so good, and also when you’ve got friends coming over.  It’s an easy recipe, but looks impressive.

my marble cake


  • 225g butter , softened ( I used “Utterly Butterly”)
  • 225g caster sugar (I used golden castor sugar)
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour (I used wholemeal flour)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder


Heat the oven to 180C.  Line an 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together and then gradually beat in the eggs.  Fold in the flour and then divide the mixture into 2 bowls.

In one bowl add the vanilla extract and stir in.  In the other bowle add the cocoa powder and the milk, and mix until evenly distributed. (I have in the past split the mixure into 3 and done the 3rd bowl pink!!).

Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, alternating between the cocoa mixture and the vanilla mixture.  Take a knife and swirl through the mixture to mix the colours and create the marbled effect..

Bake in the centre of an prewarmed oven for 45 to 55 minutes.  The cake is cooked when a scewer or knife comes away clean from the centre of the cake.

Leave on a cooling tray for 15 minutes before easing out of the cake tin.

When you cut into this cake you will have a delightful pattern of cocoa and vanilla coloured sponge.  should keep for 3 or 4 days in an airtight container.

Cut Marble cake (from BBC Good Food)

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  1. looks very impressive indeed and delicious!

  2. Lovely! That’s a really impressive marbling you’ve achieved.

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