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Marble cakes recipe

Marble cakes recipe

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Marble cakes are a classic British pudding from childhood and this recipe is a brilliant one to make with the kids – especially as they take less than half an hour to make and bake! Use a skewer to make that lovely marbled effect. See method

  • Makes 18
  • 15 mins to prepare and 8 mins to cook
  • 110 calories / serving


  • 115g butter, softened
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 115g self-raising flour
  • 1½tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp good quality vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 25g dark chocolate chips
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    7g 10%
  • Saturates

    4g 20%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    0.5g <1%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 12.6g Protein 1.5g Fibre 0.4g


  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Butter a madeleine tray or a 12 hole muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold in the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture between 2 bowls, and stir the cocoa powder and chocolate chips into the mixture in one of the bowls.
  4. Spoon the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the moulds alternately. Then take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the moulds a few times to create a marbled effect.
  5. Bake the cakes for 7-8 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool before serving.

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