Chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake

Simple and classic, this marble loaf cake is comfort food at its best. Chocolate and vanilla flavors are swirled to create a beautiful pattern topped with a dark and white chocolate ganache to give you a sense of what’s to come. Chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake from

I love a good marble cake. I has been one of my favorites since childhood and every time I miss home and my family a slice of this marble loaf cake seems to make me feel better.

I remember my mom making it for almost every birthday party, along with the traditional birthday. For every family gathering.

Every time she would ask us what too make for us, we’d happily say : marble loaf cake. Oh, all the beaters we licked before my mom pulled the cake out of the oven.

Yesterday I asked her to make it again. Seemed like the perfect time. 

It’s been raining here for the last two days. A steaming cup of tea and a slice of this cake put an end to a stressful week.

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Although my mom’s marble loaf cake is comfort food for me, over time I adapted a little bit the recipe to fit my family’s taste buds.

Instead of vegetable oil I used melted butter. I scraped the seeds out of vanilla bean to give the cake a more intense vanilla flavor. Instead of just mixing cocoa powder in half of the batter like my mom does, I swirled a little bit of chocolate.

To make it a lighter and fluffier loaf cake I whipped the egg whites and gently added the rest of the ingredients to them making sure the batter still holds plenty of air.

For the topping I swirled melted dark and white chocolate to continue the swirl pattern from the cake. chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake

If you’re looking for an easy, classic loaf cake, look no further. This chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake combines the best of both chocolate and vanilla worlds.

It makes a perfect addition to your steaming cup of coffee or tea, or as a sweet treat in your lunch box.

Chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

2 hours

Yield: 1 loaf cake

Chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake

Simple and classic, this marble loaf cake is comfort food at its best. Chocolate and vanilla flavors are swirled to create a beautiful pattern topped with a dark and white chocolate ganache to give you a sense of what's to come.


  • 5 eggs, separated
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 (250 grams) cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (you can also use vegetable oil)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 2/3 cup (200 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1-2 oz dark and white chocolate (optional, for topping)


  1. Heat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a clean, grease-free mixing bowl whisk the egg whites (on medium speed) with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.
  3. Gently fold in the sugar and keep whisking until firm peaks form.
  4. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean.
  5. In a small bowl mix the egg yolks with the melted butter and vanilla seeds. With a spatula gently fold in the egg yolks into the egg whites.
  6. Slowly, making sure you don't deflate the egg whites fold in the flour and baking powder.
  7. In a small bowl combine to cocoa powder with the water until smooth.
  8. Optional you can separate the batter in 2. In one half stir in the chocolate.
  9. For a quicker version fold in the chocolate into the entire batter gently folding and marbling it.
  10. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. With a skewer make some swirls if you want.
  11. Bake the cake in preheated oven for 50 minutes.
  12. Once the cake is baked, leave it to cool slightly into the loaf pan before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.
  13. When the loaf cake is cooled, melt both the dark and white chocolate and drizzle it over.
  14. Let set for few minutes before slicing it.

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      • Joanna S. says

        Took it to a meeting and everyone loved it. I let the kids sneak some for breakfast this morning and it was a big hit with them as well. Definitely a keeper!

  1. says

    Beautiful loaf cake, Roxy! Love all the marbling and how you tweaked the recipe by using melted butter and vanilla bean seeds for extra flavor boosts. Good call. And, the combined glaze of melted chocolate and white chocolate…divine! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

  2. Kitchen Belleicious says

    seriously, not everyone can do this- do that perfect swirl- only the best and you are the best at it

    • says

      Hi Vivian,
      I don’t have a secret for the swirls. Just like I mentioned in the directions, I just slightly swirl the chocolate into the vanilla batter and hope for the best


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