Marble Loaf Cake


There is something wonderful about a marble cake – though I prefer chocolate over vanilla cakes, there is a delightfulness over a the swirls of a marble cake.

I made this recently to have something for evening tea, and it is easy and delicious. The recipe contains yogurt, which is a great way to create a rich, moist cake. I adapted the recipe from, a great baking web site. I added a bit of cocoa powder to make the chocolate part more bitter, and turned down the sugar a little bit, I found the original recipe very sweet. I

Ingredients (original recipe) :

  • 4 oz dark chocolate (115 g)
  • 1/2 cup milk, divided (120 ml)
  • 1/2 cup butter  at room temperature (113 g)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (195 g)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 plan yogurt (60 ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


1. Grease a loaf tin and line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 F/ 160 C.

2. Chop and melt the chocolate in half the milk. You can use the microwave carefully to do this, or a double boiler. Mix well.



3. Mix the sugar and the butter with a electric mixer until fluffy.


4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.


5. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Add to the egg, butter and sugar mixture.



6. Mix the remaining milk, the yogurt and vanilla extract and add to the batter.


7. Transfer half the batter to a separate bowl.

8. Mix one half of the batter with the chocolate and milk mixture, and the cocoa powder.



9. Put spoonfuls of batter in the bottom of your tin, alternation between chocolate and vanilla.


10. Repeat with a second layer putting chocolate on top of vanilla.


11. Swirl a fork or wooden skewer through the cake. Don’t mix it, but swirl quite a bit to create a marble pattern.


12. Bake the cake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is firm.

13. Cool on a wire rack for 5 min in the tin, then turn the loaf out of the tin to cool completely.


I  made two loafs by doubling everything, it is still very easy. I ended up with a bit more chocolate batter than vanilla batter, but I am not complaining. Unfortunately we ended up eating the prettiest marble pieces before I got a nice picture, though!