Donna Hay marble cake

13 Apr


This Donna Hay cake is simple and impressive and can be jazzed up with the addition of a quick icing. It isn’t overly chocolaty which could be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about chocolate or how early in the day it is – while choc addicts would argue that it is never too early in the day for a chocolate hit I would actually disagree (ducks for cover). This cake neatly straddles the issue though – there is just enough chocolate for any time of day.

Any chance to use my bundt pan and I am there. I have a few including mini pans and just love how pretty they look – no need for icing (score!). I think I may add to my collection soon, good tins like Nordicware are pricey but they are worth it as they never let you down.

I reduced the amount of sugar from the original recipe, which I found in my well-thumbed copy of Donna Hay Simple Essentials Chocolate book.



250g butter, diced, at room temperature

¾ cup caster sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ¼ cups self raising flour

¾ cup milk

4 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted


3 tablespoons caster sugar

1 ½ tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 180C and thoroughly grease a 22cm bundt cake tin with non-stick cooking spray – ensure you get into all the crevices.

In bowl of electric mixer beat together sugar, butter and vanilla and light and not-gritty.

Add eggs one at a time and beat well, scraping down sides once or twice with a spatula.

Fold through flour and milk until just combined.

Remove half the mixture to a large bowl.

To one bowl add the extra milk, extra sugar and cocoa and stir until combine.

Drop alternate big dollops of mixture into tin then gently swirl a butterknife through to mix up the two batters.

Smooth top then bake for 40-45 minutes then remove from oven.

Leave in tin for 15 minutes then carefully unmold onto a wire rack to cool completely.


19 Responses to “Donna Hay marble cake”

  1. Bam's Kitchen April 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    Your beautiful marbled Donna Hay cake would not last long at our house.

    • thehungrymum April 16, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      It didn;t last long here, I must say 🙂

  2. Heidie April 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    I love this cake, my mum calls it “Tiger Cake” 🙂 Love xoxo Heidie

    • thehungrymum April 20, 2015 at 2:34 am #

      oooh, tiger cake sounds way more fancy – love it!

  3. Feast Wisely April 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Great cake and good to see it worked with less sugar than the original recipe called for!

    • thehungrymum April 16, 2015 at 8:13 am #

      I don;t have a v sweet tooth so I generally reduce the sugar 😉

  4. Sophie33 April 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    I made it, loved it immensely! xxx

    • thehungrymum April 26, 2015 at 11:27 am #

      yay Sophie! You’re such a great cook that I know yours would have been perfect.

  5. sabine April 18, 2015 at 4:34 am #

    Marble cake was one of my mums to-go cakes when I was a kid – always loved it, trying to eat the chocolate part only when she would´t watch 😉 I still love this cake, and your delicious recipe makes me want to make one again!

    • thehungrymum April 20, 2015 at 2:14 am #

      Ha ha – trying to only eat the choc part of a marble cake sounds v tricky! Hope you get to make it soon and relive some childhood memories 😉

  6. chewtown April 24, 2015 at 4:46 am #

    Haven’t had a marble cake in years… methinks I need to make one soon.

    • thehungrymum April 25, 2015 at 6:58 am #

      Is quite old school – most of my bakes are a bit retro 😉

  7. the Butterfly girl April 26, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    I must try this out in my ring tin! I was thinking of making a cake in it today, again! – yesterday I made a vanilla ring cake! But you can never have enough cake!

    • thehungrymum May 18, 2015 at 7:12 am #

      Love ring cakes! Let me know how yours turned out in this tin, would be interested in trying this.

      • the Butterfly girl May 18, 2015 at 10:30 am #

        I will! I haven’t made cake for a few days…I’m trying to be healthy! But I will link to your post when I do make this! 😀

      • thehungrymum May 18, 2015 at 11:35 am #

        I hear ya – I am doing 5:2 diet and it is tough. Food is so much fun, I hate missing out!

      • the Butterfly girl May 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

        oh no! good luck! I tried the 5:2 once but i found myself struggling so I stopped…now i’m just trying to slowly do more exercise and eating less cake…I think it’s working, but I love cake too much 🙂

  8. deliciousdaydreams May 12, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Is it sad that my first thought is to eat the outer chocolate edge? This looks amazing.

    • thehungrymum May 13, 2015 at 8:59 am #

      nup, not at all! I like the way you think 😉

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