Chocolate & Orange Marble Cake

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

First cake I ever learned to make was a marble cake. It was for my Brownie Troops Cookbook. I remember being very proud because I had taken 3rd place with my mom's recipe. I hope you will enjoy this modern version. We like our chocolate cake to be on the sweet side, I have changed the measurement you may use less sugar, if you prefer.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a deep 9-inch tube pan and dust with flour, put aside until needed.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Next beat in the eggs, one at a time then add vanilla.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, making 3 additions of dry and 2 of the milk.
  7. Put half the batter in a smaller bowl and stir in the melted chocolate chips and cocoa. Mix well.
  8. Stir the orange rind and liquer into the remaining batter.
  9. Pour half the orange batter into the a prepared tube pan.
  10. Then in a random fashion spoon the chocolate batter overtop of the orange batter and finish with the rest of the orange batter.
  11. Swirl a knife, through the batter to create marble effect.
  12. Bake in 350°F oven for about 1 hour check and see if cake is done, if not keep in until a skewer inserted in centre of cake comes out clean, shouldn't take longer than 1 to 1 1/4 hours.
  13. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack to cool.
  14. When ready to serve dust with a little icing sugar.
Most Helpful

This is a nice variation on chocolate cake it has a good dense crumb without being heavy. I followed the recipe exactly but we all found it a bit too sweet and although it smelt wonderfully of orange we couldn't taste any orange in the cake. Like most chocolate cakes this improves if left to sit a day or 2 before eating. I will make it again adding some orange oil to the mix and reducing the sugar. I made this for Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #39

Sri S. April 12, 2010

Great cake without doubt. I made a half recipe and still got a good sized cake. This recipe is a dream to work with the batter was just like silk it was so smooth. I made this for my son who doesn't use alcohol and replaced the liqueur with a teaspoon on orange juice and some orange extract to bump up the orange as Grand Marnia isn't a shy flavor. My only suggestion would be to watch the cake as it bakes. Since it asks for an an hour and a quarter bake time I set the timer at 35 min to check on it and mine was already a bit over baked. The cake tastes exquisite and it was a bright spot on a rainy day in June.

Annacia June 11, 2009