Very Moist Marble Cake

Chocolate marbled cake - Lilie Bakery

A recipe that takes us straight back to childhood: the Marbled cake ! This one is particularly soft and remains so for several days. We love its different vanilla and chocolate marbles with each cooking. I give you all my advice to make it a success at home…

What you will love with this marble cake recipe

  • flavors : the sweet blend of vanilla and cocoa in a delicious cake!
  • texture : this marbled cake is particularly moist and remains so for several days.
  • difficulty level : easy to prepare! The most technical gesture will be to alternate the chocolate paste and the vanilla paste in the mold (therefore not very complicated).
Easy chocolate marble cake - Lilie Bakery

Details on some ingredients

  • Butter : you need soft and well softened butter.
  • Milk : I prefer to use whole milk because it contributes to the softness of the cake. Alternatively, you can use semi-skimmed milk.
  • oil : we put a little here to make the marbled cake very soft. I use sunflower oil or canola oil.
  • liquid cream : take whole liquid cream 30% mg.
  • bitter cocoa : choose unsweetened bitter cocoa powder (Van Houten type).

How to make a marble cake?

  1. Beat the butter and the sugars together
  2. Add the eggs
  3. Separately, mix the dry ingredients
  4. Separately, we mix the wet ingredients
  5. They are poured alternately in the dough
  6. Divide the dough in two
  7. We add the bitter cocoa in one of them
  8. Pour the two batters alternately into the mold
  9. We bake the marbled cake!

My advice for a successful marble cake

  • pleasure ingredients at room temperature one hour before starting, especially the butter and the eggs: this optimizes the texture of the cake.
  • do not over mix the dough to keep all the softness of the marbled cake once cooked.
  • sift the bitter cocoa before adding it so that it incorporates well into the batter, without lumps.
  • for nice marbled effect : Alternate the doughs by dividing the chocolate dough in two and the plain dough in three.

How to keep the softness of your cake?

To keep this marbled cake moist, the ideal is to keep it at room temperature, in an airtight container or wrapped in cling film or aluminum foil. In this way, we can keep it up to 4 days, away from light and heat.

Soft marble cake - Lilie Bakery

Can you freeze this marble cake?

Yes ! We can freeze it whole or in slices once cooled. The important thing is to wrap it well in cling film and place it in an airtight container so that it does not get wet.

To thaw it, place it in the refrigerator or at room temperature for several hours.

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If you make this marbled cake, don't hesitate to rate the recipe below and tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your pretty cakes!

Marble cake recipe - Lilie Bakery
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Very Moist Marble Cake

A very moist marbled chocolate cake, perfect for a snack! Easy to prepare, it will delight all gourmets...
Preparation20 min
Baking50 min
Total1 h 10 min
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Kitchen room: French
Keyword: cake
Quantity: 6 people


Marbled cake

  • 100 g softened butter
  • 120 g Granulated sugar
  • 80 g Light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 200 g whole milk or semi-skimmed
  • 1 cs natural vanilla extract
  • 50 g neutral oil type sunflower, rapeseed…
  • 100 g whole liquid cream 30% mg
  • 270 g flour
  • 2 cc baking powder
  • 0,5 cc salt
  • 22 g bitter cocoa powder

Soaking syrup (optional)

  • 50 g water
  • 20 g Granulated sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 175° traditional heat. Butter and line a cake tin with baking paper (mine is 27x10cm).
  • In a large container, whisk the softened butter and the two sugars to obtain a creamy texture. Add the eggs and mix to homogenize everything.
  • Separately, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Separately, mix the wet ingredients: milk, oil, cream and vanilla.
  • Then add half of the wet ingredients to the large container, then half of the dry ingredients. Finish with the rest of the wet ingredients and the rest of the dry ingredients. Do not overmix the batter (just enough) to preserve the softness of the cake.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts in two containers: in one of them, incorporate the sifted bitter cocoa and mix.
  • To create the marbled effect in the cake mould: first pour a third of the plain batter then half of the chocolate batter. Then add a third of the plain dough, then the last half of the chocolate dough. Finish with the remaining plain dough.
  • Bake for about 45 to 55 minutes (this varies a lot depending on the oven). The top of the cake should be golden brown. To find out if it's cooked through, insert a wooden skewer: it should come out dry or with a few crumbs. Leave to cool then unmold onto a wire rack.
  • (Optional) While the cake is baking: prepare the soaking syrup (which keeps the top of the cake even softer). In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Coat with a brush on top of the cake when it comes out of the oven.


This marble cake can be kept at room temperature for up to 4 days in an airtight container or wrapped in film.
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  1. Reply


    March 16, 2023

    This marbling is superb!

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      March 17, 2023

      Thank you Lady!

  2. Reply


    March 17, 2023

    5 stars
    Looks del, will do on sunday, thanks

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    March 20, 2023

    5 stars
    Excellent marbled, surely one of the best I've ever eaten! Super fluffy without being heavy, simple to make :) PERFECT!! Thank you for that great recipe

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      March 20, 2023

      Thank you very much Laura! See you soon for new recipes :)


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