Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake

Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake

Sometimes the simple things are the best and this cake is so easy to make. Its lovely and moist and if you use really good quality cocoa and vanilla bean paste it tastes fab. There is no faffing with icing or glazes and because of this it makes an ideal lunchbox cake as there is no sticky mess to deal with afterwards!

The mixture is a simple madeira cake recipe (hence why it keeps so well) which you split into two bowls, cocoa powder folded into one and vanilla paste into the other. The two mixtures are then swirled gently together in the cake tin - I usually use a long skewer. 45 minutes in the oven and you have a pretty marbled cake to enjoy. The kids call it the cow cake......

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Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake
A super easy moist cake perfect for lunchboxes
  • 225g Butter, softened
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 50ml Milk
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Paste
  • 50g Cocoa Powder, sifted
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and grease a 20cm springform tinStep 2: Cream butter in a bowl and add sugar until mixture is light and fluffyStep 3: Whisk eggs and gradually add to butter mixture, beating all the timeStep 4: Fold in the flour, baking powder and milk then divide the mixture between 2 bowlsStep 5: Add the vanilla bean paste to one bowl and stir gently through and add the cocoa powder into the other and fold in until combinedStep 6: Place alternating dollops of mixture into the tin and then with a skewer gently marble itStep 7: Bake for about 45 minutes.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10 slices


  1. Never heard of vanilla bean paste. Can you enlighten please.

  2. I use vanilla paste from LittlePod. However you could replace with 2TSP of extract if you can't find any vanilla paste in the supermarket

  3. And then you're left with 50ml of milk sitting there! haha ;) - Jokes aside though, there's currently no mention in the instructions of when you add the milk - other recipes seem to do it alternating with the flour half n half, just before you divide the mixture. Just thought I'd add a comment to point that out for the author and anyone reading that wants to bake this delicious moist cake, enjoy :D!

    1. Ooops well spotted. I've now corrected the recipe

  4. Best cake I’ve ever made! Perfect consistency and not too sweet! I usually put half the amount of sugar recipes call for but I didn’t need to for this one.


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