Chocolate & Orange Marble Cake

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
Recipe by Baby Kato

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.

Top Review by Coasty

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

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.

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