Marble cake

Marble cake is a fun alternative to a regular chocolate or plain cake. Real Living have used pink food colouring here, but you could experiment with different hues, if you like.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Marble cake
  • cooking oil spray
  • 200 gram butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa, sieved
  • few drops pink food colouring
Choc buttercream frosting
  • 250 gram butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar mixture
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa, sieved
  • 200 gram milk chocolate, broken into individual pieces
  • vanilla ice-cream, to serve


Marble cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to hot, 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Spray cake tin with oil and line with baking paper.
  • 2
    Put butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer with paddle; cream on medium-high speed until pale and creamy.
  • 3
    Add eggs to mixture, one at a time, ensuring first egg is incorporated before adding the next. Add flour and milk; stir until just combined.
  • 4
    Divide mixture evenly between 3 mixing bowls. Add cocoa to one bowl and pink food colouring to another. Stir to combine.
  • 5
    Dollop alternate spoonfuls of each mixture into cake tin. Stir with skewer to create marble effect. Tap tin on benchtop to settle mix.
  • 6
    Bake cake 45 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean when inserted into centre. Remove from oven; turn onto wire rack to cool.
  • 7
    Meanwhile, to make chocolate frosting, combine butter, icing sugar mixture, vanilla and cocoa together on low speed of electric mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk until incorporated. Increase to high speed; whip until pale and fluffy.
  • 8
    Melt chocolate 2-3 minutes in microwave on medium (50%) heat in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 1 minute; allow to cool slightly. With motor running, drizzle melted chocolate into butter and sugar mixture until incorporated.
  • 9
    Spread frosting over top and sides of cake; allow to come to room temperature before serving. Serve with ice-cream.

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