Marvellous Marble Cake

Marble cake originates from Germany and is actually called Marmorkuchen in German. It dates back to the 19th Century and the technique of this cake is to create a marble effect with two different colours of cake batters. Our Jersey Dairy recipe is the classic vanilla and chocolate effect with some delicious icing to go on the top! 

Ingredients – cake batter 

Ingredients – chocolate frosting


– Preheat the oven to 180C. Line and grease an 8 inch cake tin with baking paper. 

– Beat together in a large bowl the Jersey butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and creamy. Add the vanilla extract, beat again, and then add the egg. Beat the entire mixture, then scrape down the sides. In a separate bowl, sift the plain flour and baking powder together. 

– Add half of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and then add half of the Jersey milk. Slowly mix together using a whist on a low speed. Add the remaining flour and milk to the large bowl and continue to mix until combined. Finally, add the Jersey yogurt and mix again until smooth and creamy.

– Remove 3/4 of the vanilla cake batter and add it to a separate bowl. To this, add the cocoa powder and the extra tbsp of milk. Stir until smooth. You should now have a vanilla batter and a chocolate batter. 

– Add two large spoonfuls of vanilla cake batter to your prepared tin, followed by two spoonfuls of chocolate. Continue doing this with the remaining cake batter, letting the cake batters swirl and combine. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before gently removing the cake from the tin and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.

– Now onto the frosting! Place your softened butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for a couple of minutes until pale and creamy. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a microwave, stirring in between 20 second bursts, until just melted and set aside to cool a little.

– Once the butter is very pale and creamy, add in half of the icing sugar and two tablespoons of milk and beat until combined. Next, add the remaining sugar, cocoa powder and milk, and beat slowly until the sugar is incorporated before turning it up to medium for another minute. 

The final step! Add in your melted chocolate to the buttercream mixture, ensuring the chocolate is still smooth and melted but is not warm. Beat until the chocolate is completely mixed through. Add frosting to the cooled cake using a small spatula.

– Serve and enjoy your marvellous marble cake with a cup of tea or a glass of cold Jersey milk.