Very Moist Marble Cake

Chocolate marbled cake - Lilie Bakery

A recipe that takes us straight back to childhood: the Marble 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. Perfect for children's (and adults') snacks.
  • 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). To bake it, you will need a loaf cake pan. I use this cake pan, for heat conduction it is the best.
Easy chocolate marble cake - Lilie Bakery

Details on some ingredients of the recipe

  • 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 marble 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. We beat butter and sugars together
  2. We add eggs
  3. Apart, we mix dry ingredients
  4. Apart, we mix wet ingredients
  5. We pour them alternately in the dough
  6. On divide the dough in half
  7. We add the bitter cocoa in one of them
  8. We pour the two pastes alternately in the pan
  9. We bake the marbled cake!

NB: the complete list of ingredients and the detailed recipe are given at the bottom of the page.

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 from the moment the flour is added 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 marble effect : Alternate the doughs by dividing the chocolate dough in two and the plain dough in three.

How to keep the cake moist ?

To keep this marble 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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4.8 on 64 votes

Very Moist Marble Cake

A very moist marbled chocolate cake, perfect for a snack! Easy to prepare, it will delight all gourmets...
Prep time20 minutes
Cook time50 minutes
Total1 time 10 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cake
Yield: 6 people


Marble 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 tbsp natural vanilla extract
  • 50 g neutral oil type sunflower, rapeseed…
  • 100 g heavy whipping cream 30%
  • 270 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 0,5 tsp salt
  • 22 g unsweetened 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 pan: 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.
Did you make this recipe?Tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see the result :)
March 31, 2023



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    March 16, 2023

    This marbling is superb!

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      Lilie bakery

      March 17, 2023

      Thank you Lady!

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    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

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      Lilie bakery

      March 20, 2023

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

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    March 27, 2023

    5 stars
    Excellent marbled, very soft. Very good recipe.

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      Lilie bakery

      March 30, 2023

      Thank you Nadine for your feedback! See you soon :)

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    April 3th

    5 stars
    A real killer, soft as desired, favorite recipe

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      Lilie bakery

      April 4th

      Thanks for your feedback Stephanie! See you soon :)

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    April 17th

    5 stars
    I have made it several times, it is excellent, thank you for all these wonderful recipes…
    Can we replace cocoa with orange blossom water?
    Thank you

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      Lilie bakery

      April 20th

      Hello Magali, I do not advise you to replace cocoa because it brings texture in the same way as flour. On the other hand, what you can do is add a few drops of orange blossom in the “natural” part. See you soon :)

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    April 28th

    5 stars
    Made for my son's birthday, they all loved it!
    A small question however, I would like to try in a round mold but I'm afraid I won't find the same softness… Do you think this will affect the texture?

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      Lilie bakery

      April 29th

      Hello Charlotte, glad you enjoyed this marble cake! I advise you not to change the mold because the dose of leavening agent is calculated for a cake mold specifically, the same for the cooking time. And I think it's prettier when cut in cake format :) See you soon

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    April 28th

    5 stars
    The best marble recipe! Super soft and easy to make, thank you for this beautiful recipe :)

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      Lilie bakery

      April 29th

      My pleasure ! Thank you Lisa for your feedback :)

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    Mary vero

    24th May 2023

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe, excellent! Tested with my granddaughter (as greedy as me), I appreciated the clarity and precision of the explanations, the fact that we could do it without heavy artillery, just a hand whisk and a few bowls. We didn't have time to try putting it in the freezer, poof, it evaporated before

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      Lilie bakery

      26th May 2023

      Thank you Marie Véro for your feedback! It is true that it does not last long! See you soon :)

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    29th May 2023

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe and bravo for all your achievements, what talent!
    I just made this cake and it is absolutely delicious! I keep this reference recipe

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      Lilie bakery

      30th May 2023

      Thank you very much Samira! See you soon :)

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    31th May 2023

    5 stars
    Hello ☺
    If I double the proportions do I also have to double the cooking time?

    Thank you

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      Lilie bakery

      31th May 2023

      Hello Océane, say your mold must be gigantic! :) No, you don't have to double the time – it depends on the depth of the mold, that's up to you. You have to check the end of cooking with a wooden pick every 5 or 10 minutes to know if it's cooked enough.

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    11th June 2023

    Great recipe thank you very much.

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      Lilie bakery

      14th June 2023

      With pleasure, thank you Florence! See you soon :)

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    July 11, 2023

    5 stars
    Recipe made for a friend who came for a snack. I just reduced the amount of sugar a bit and skipped the oil. The result exceeded my expectations and I must admit that you reconciled me with the marble that I always found too dry for my taste. Bravo for this beautiful recipe and a big thank you!

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      Lilie bakery

      July 13, 2023

      Thank you Andrea, with pleasure! See you soon :)

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    August 29, 2023

    5 stars
    He is just amazing!! Best marble I've done, and I've tested several!!

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      Lilie bakery

      August 29, 2023

      Thank you very much Marina for your message! See you soon :)

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    September 5, 2023

    The cake made this evening, and the result:
    very very good marbled! Just perfect to accompany my tea! Really soft!

    Thanks again for a great recipe! I haven't missed any of your desserts...until now :))

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      Lilie bakery

      September 6, 2023

      Thank you Oxana, delighted that you like this cake so much! See you soon :)

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    September 13, 2023

    5 stars
    Hello, recipe tested, good cake

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      Lilie bakery

      September 13, 2023

      Thank you Fanfan for your feedback! See you soon :)

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    September 14, 2023

    Hi! Can we substitute the heavy cream with orange juice or milk?

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      Lilie bakery

      September 15, 2023

      Hi Maria, I do not recommend doing this, because this will end up by a loaf cake drier than what it should be. Heavy cream is the best here :)


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