Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

When you’re a university student, it suddenly becomes completely acceptable to still be awake at 2am, in fact, that’s considered early. This was the time I decided to write this blog post. Thankfully, I held back posting at that time of the morning to ensure that the following day I checked that the writing of, what was a very sleepy blogger, actually made sense. Anyway, this weeks post is finally ready! Chocolate and orange is one of my favourite combinations. I’m sure you’re aware that I also, love cake. So for me, nothing could be better than having a chocolate orange cake.



225g Unsalted Butter, Softened
225g Caster Sugar
4 Eggs
225g Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
2 tbsp Milk
3 tbsp Cocoa Powder, Sifted
1 Large Orange, Zest & 1 tbsp of Juice


1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Grease and line a round or loaf tin with baking paper.

2. In a bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar until smooth and creamy.

3. Add in the eggs and gradually sift in the self-raising flour.

4. Divide the mixture equally between two bowls. In one bowl, add the milk and cocoa powder and combine together. In the other bowl, beat in the orange zest and juice.

5. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin, taking alternating spoonfuls from each bowl. Swirl the mixture using a fork or skewer to create the marble effect. Try not to mix the two types of batter together as they will combine and the marble pattern will be lost.

6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes to an hour or until golden brown and well risen. The cake will be done when a skewer or fork comes out of the centre clean.

7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a few moments before transferring to a wire rack. Once cool, you can drizzle a little melted chocolate over the top, but this is optional.

8. Cut into slices and serve!



– Charlotte x

| Original Recipe BBC Chocolate Orange Loaf |

| Previous Recipe Cake in a Mug |

16 thoughts on “Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

  1. cate b says:

    this sounds wonderful! I want it bad enough that I will google the measurements for US I find so many “foreign” (I think Us is the foreign one) recipes – sure wish we went metric. ;D thank you for sharing.

  2. reginadurst95 says:

    Looks great! I don’t make a lot of cakes, but this sounds amazing 🙂
    What’s it like cooking as a university student, by the way? That’ll be me next year, so I’m pretty curious about how that works. Do you live in dorms or in private apartments with kitchens?

    • bakewithmeblog says:

      Ah thank you, it was a pretty yummy cake!
      I live in university halls meaning that I share a flat on the university campus with 10 other housemates, so we have one kitchen to share between us. So far it’s been alright cooking as due to different timetables, everyone in the flat seems to be in and out at different times meaning that there is plenty of space and time for us each to cook our meals. When we’re all here together though we do tend to cook something as a group. I wouldn’t say the food I’ve cooked as been amazing but it’s not bad! What are you planning on studying?

  3. Nicola Tomkins says:

    Hiya, i love the sound of this cake.

    i want to make a halloween cake for work so i thought a marble cake willl give the surprise feel inside the cake but i wanted to make a a pumpkin do you have to do this in a loaf tin or can i use a normal cake

    • onlycharlotte says:

      A pumpkin cake sounds great! You can use whichever tin you prefer, just keep an eye on the baking time as it may differ from tin to tin depending on the depth, thickness of tin etc.. To check if it’s cooked, just poke a skewer or fork in the centre and if it comes out clean, its done! Happy baking! 🙂

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