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Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Loaf

Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Loaf

The Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Loaf, is one of the go to recipes for tea time. Combining the two most common/popular flavours, it’s definitely a great option as accompaniment for your tea or coffee. It’ll please the youngster as well as the adults, being a simple yet delicious cake,

The marble effect makes your loaf even more impressive because of the patterns that are created. Though it may seem daunting, what’s great is that your marbling doesn’t have to be perfect! And that’s what makes this Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Loaf so great!

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Making Buttermilk from scratch

Buttermilk is one of those ingredients that sounds quite fancy but is actually very easy to make at home. For 1 cup of Buttermilk, use 1 cup of a milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Then let sit for 10-15 minutes which will allow enough time for the milk to curdle. Hence, having the same texture and flavour as Buttermilk.

There are a few other ways to make Buttermilk, which you’ll find carefully detailed on Tastes Better From Scratch.

This Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Loaf is an easy dessert to make at home for yourself and your family. What’s great is you most probably have all the ingredients in your fridge or pantry already!

So let’s get baking!

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Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Loaf

Course: From The Kitchen, Something SweetDifficulty: Easy


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  • Vanilla batter
  • 3 cup self-raising flour

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 7 egg whites

  • 1½ cup buttermilk (see paragraph on Buttermilk)

  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil

  • Chocolate batter (after separating Vanilla batter in 2 bowls, to one of the batter bowls add the below ingredients to make it chocolate flavoured)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Vanilla batter
  • Preheat oven to 175C. Grease your loaf pan with vegetable oil
  • In a bowl, sift flour then add baking powder, sugar and salt. Mix well
  • Using a whisk or electric beater, add chunks of the unsalted butter at room temperature. Mix in low speed until the mixture becomes crumbly and there are no longer big chunks
  • Add in the egg whites and mix until well incorporated
  • Add in Vanilla and vegetable oil and beat on medium speed for 20-30 seconds
  • Separate the batter equally into 2 bowls
  • Now make one of the bowl of batter into the chocolate batter
  • Chocolate batter
  • To 1 of the vanilla batter bowls add the cocoa powder, sugar & baking powder. Mix well
  • Add the egg whites and buttermilk mixing on low speed until well incorporated and smooth
  • Marbling
  • For the marbling, add in the batter spoonfuls at a time alternating between the chocolate and vanilla batter
  • Keep enough of the chocolate batter to add a few big drops/spoons on top and using a knife or chopstick swirl it around making the marble pattern on top
  • Place loaf pan in oven and let bake for 40 mins, check by sliding a knife into the loaf and remove if the knife comes out without any batter on it


  • * Bake the cake into a 24 X 15 cm (9 X 6 inches) mould
Recipe adapted from Chelsweets

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