Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Loaf

Marble Loaf Cake 1

Seeing so many posts of Marble Cake recipes in the blogosphere,I was tempted to bake one too.For someone who likes to bake at the drop of a hat,it was quite difficult to stay away from baking for some time now.The reason being,many of our friends[with whom the cake would be shared with] are out of station and I fear we'd end up eating the whole cake on our own,not a good thought.

I got the perfect opportunity to bake last weekend as we had guests at home and that too kiddie guests--a friends' nieces and what better way to treat them than with a cake,so Marble cake it was!

Marble Loaf Cake 2

Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Loaf
Recipe from The Big Book of Baking


Semi sweet Chocolate - 55g / 2oz
Milk - 3 tbsp
Butter,unsalted - 70g / 2½ oz,plus extra for greasing
Caster Sugar - 85g / 3 oz
Egg - 1,beaten
Soured cream* - 3 tbsp
Self raising flour - 115g / 4 oz
Baking powder - ½ tsp
Vanilla extract - ½ tsp

Marble Loaf cake 4


Preheat the oven to 160C / 325 F.
Grease/line a 450g / 1lb loaf tin.

Break up the chocolate,place in a small heatproof bowl with the milk and set over a saucepan of simmering water.Heat gently until just melted.Remove from the heat.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and the soured cream.Sift the flour and baking powder over the mixture,then fold in lightly and evenly using a spatula.
Spoon half the mixture into a separate bowl and stir in the chocolate mixture.Add the vanilla to the plain mixture.
Spoon the vanilla and chocolate mixtures alternately into the prepared loaf tin,swirling lightly with a knife or skewer for a marbled effect.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch.

Cool in the tin for 10 minutes,then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Marble loaf cake 3

  • For making self raising flour at home - sift together the said amount of plain flour with 1¼ tsp baking powder and use.
  • *I substituted the soured cream with plain yogurt and it works out just fine.
  • The cake is not overtly sweet and I think the sugar can be increased to 100g.
  • My cake was cracked on top unevenly,probably because I used a smaller pan than required. 
How did we like it - The cake was gone as soon as it was cut since kids were around!Except for the cracked top,everything about the cake was great,nobody else seemed to notice the crack though!.I served it with tea and it was a great combo.If planning to serve the cake on its own,I would suggest increasing the sugar.


  1. I was wondering about the cracks in the first pic as this happens to me too but glad to find the answer in the notes sections. Never thought it would be so easy. Book Marked. Today planning to try out your panner pound cake. will get back to you on the results.

  2. Before I bake anything, I first think about who's going to be eating it:-) We Got to keep baking, but not eating all of it...

    Perfect tea loaf, reminds me I haven't baked a marbled bake since ages...

  3. The loaf looks super delicious dear.....Love to have it wid tea now..:)

  4. The cake is looking good...no wonder the kids liked it so much.

  5. wow....
    looks soft and delicious dear.
    Nice clicks :)

  6. Gorgeous loaf, wat a wonderful spongy and super moist texture..would happily have some for my snacks..

  7. Wow so fluffy n soft it looks, would luv to try it

  8. Looks fab!!!! Love the swirls...they have come out perfect Divya..Will bookamrk this one for sure :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. The cake looks scrumptious, with that cracked up crust!

  10. Personally, I think the cracked crust makes it more appealing, not to mention crunchy - just the way I like it :) The cake looks moist and totally delicious, Divya!!

  11. delicious and wonderful marble cake

  12. yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!!

  13. Love it, bookmarked, going to make it pertty soon :)

  14. hey divya....that looks really nice...i love marble cakes/loafs...your recipe seems to have some added twists than mine...would love to try this next time arnd...:)

  15. wonderful and moist looking cake..love it.

  16. Dear Divya,

    Thanks for the recipe. Looks delicious.

    Could you please advice at what degree should the cake be cooked at? You've mentioned the degree and time for preheating but only time for cake to bake.


  17. Delicious and perfect marble cake dear! Loving it ;)

  18. Very delicious and mouth-watering marble cake.Nice presentation.

  19. The cracks on the cake happens to me also. lovely marble cake. perfect one Divya and its so easy to make.

  20. The Big Book of Baking is an awesome book and i own it too. I totally love it :) This recipe was bookmarked from that book and now that I see it here I need to give it a try!


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