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Marble Cake

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Tea time is an important part of my day. It's a time when we get to sit and have a chat with the family about how our day was and getting to hear what's new around. My kids take this time to let me know what's going on at school and with their friends before they have to rush off again. I honestly cherish this time because once they are too old to think Tea Time is 'fun', I'll be drinking tea with my hubby alone.

So to make this time fun, I usually make a little treat for the kids. Either a tea cake, sandwiches or even some fried snacks, like samosas. I know, I know, they get lots of treats, but most of the time they get to eat the final products from my YouTube videos.

I make this in the morning and set it aside to cool so that when it's time to slice it, it slices easily without breaking apart. Also my slices are thick, unlike most people, so maybe you can get more than 8 slices from your batch.

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour

Serves 8-10 slices


150 grams/ 2/3 cup butter- softened

300 grams/ 1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup milk

300 grams/ 2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

a pinch of salt

4 tablespoons cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper. Set it aside.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between additions until smooth. Add the vanilla too.

  4. Add the milk and mix through. If it curdles, don't worry, it's all good.

  5. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well with a spatula until no dry parts remain. Then beat on low for 2 minutes until smooth.

  6. Divide the batter into 2 bowls.

  7. Mix the cocoa powder into only one bowl and mix it through. This will become your chocolate cake batter.

  8. Alternate layering the batter into the loaf tin. Swirl the batter with a toothpick.

  9. Bake at 180c for 1 hour.

  10. Cool the cake completely before cutting into slices. Serve.

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