Marble cake

Marble cake

The Birthday Cake Book
Laura Edwards

To halve the cake, bake in two 20 cm round tins for 20–25 minutes.

For the marble cake


Quantity Ingredient
450g unsalted butter, really soft, diced, plus more for the tins
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
450g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
8 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
450g golden caster sugar
50g dark chocolate chips

For the buttercream

Quantity Ingredient
150g 55% cocoa solids chocolate
or 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
225g unsalted butter, really soft
300g icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/fan 160°C. You will need three 20 cm round sandwich tins. Butter the tins and line the bases with baking parchment. If you have only two tins, make the cake batter and divide it into three batches, baking the third last.
  2. Mix the cocoa powder with 2–2½ tablespoons very hot water and stir to make a paste. Set aside to cool. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the butter, eggs, vanilla and sugar. Beat until well blended; do not over-mix. Spoon half the batter into the tins (substitute a bowl for the third tin if you only have two). Fold the cocoa paste into the remaining batter with the chocolate chips, and spoon into the tins. Swirl the two cake mixes together with a fork until rippled, level the tops, then bake for 30–35 minutes, or until a skewer emerges clean. Remove from the oven, leave for a few minutes, then run a knife around the rims. Turn on to wire racks, remove the papers. Let cool.
  3. For the buttercream, melt the chocolate, if using, in a bowl over simmering water; the bowl should not touch the water. Set aside to cool. Beat the butter until really pale and fluffy, then add the icing sugar and vanilla. Beat for five minutes until light and creamy. Add the chocolate or cocoa powder and beat again.
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