Proper Chocolate Marble Cake

It seems fitting that my first recipe should be for my Dad – especially as its Fathers day this weekend.

Photograph of Proper Chocolate Marble Cake baked by Jane.

My Dad has supported me along my baking journey, he’s always been there to taste test my cakes, he’s taken me to all of my Great British Bake Off auditions and patiently waited for me. He was so sure I was going to get through he bought me a beautiful new Kenwood Mixer and some gorgeous patisserie books for Christmas. But it wasn’t to be.

Through all this my Dad has become a bit of an expert on cake, although not a baker himself he knows his cake! He’s a man of simple taste, he doesn’t really like fancy things or lots of icing these days, just a simple bit of icing sugar dusted over and a cup of tea to rinse it down with and he’s a happy man.

So this is Dad's cake, a simple marble cake with a dusting of icing sugar. A perfect bake for Fathers day. Just for you Dad x


  • 100g good quality white chocolate
  • 100g good quality dark chocolate
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large free range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 75ml whole milk
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  • 900g loaf tin lined with baking parchment
Photograph of Proper Chocolate Marble Cake baked by Jane.


  1. Pre heat your oven to 160 ℃ fan oven.
  2. Melt both the white and dark chocolate in separate bowls, place each bowl over a pan of simmering water until melted. Then set aside while you make your cake mixture.
  3. Place your sugar and butter in a mixing bowl and cream together until pale and fluffy. Add your eggs to the mixture a little at a time until fully combined.
  4. Next add your flour and ground almonds to the mixture and mix until the batter just comes together. Add the milk and mix once more until you have a smooth cake batter.
  5. Divide the cake mixture into two equal parts. I like to weigh mine so I can be exact. Add the melted white chocolate to one half and the melted dark chocolate to the other. Stir the melted chocolate through each half of the cake mixture until you have it all mixed in evenly. Now you should have two bowls of cake mix, one dark and one white.
  6. Now you are ready to put your mixture into the tin. I alternate blobs of white and dark cake mix until I've used it all. Take the end of a wooden spoon and lightly swirl the mixture to make a marble effect.
  7. Bake for approximately 55 minutes. To check its cooked insert a skewer into the center of the cake and it should come out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Once cool dust with icing sugar.
Photograph of Proper Chocolate Marble Cake baked by Jane.
Photograph of Proper Chocolate Marble Cake baked by Jane.
The cake keeps well for about four days if well wrapped.

Published by Jane Lewis


In 2015 I made it through to the last 50 in the last audition of The Great British Bake Off. Sadly I wasn't chosen for the programme but I need to carry on my journey as I can't imagine my life without baking.

I'd love to start writing my own recipes. So what better place to do it than starting a blog.