Monday, July 26, 2010

Chocolate and Orange Marble Squares

This is a lovely cake. I wouldn't call it a moist cake, but it is definitely not dry either. The texture is just nice and soft. I will definitely make this again, only this time I will try adding some instant coffee to the cocoa mixture to make "Mocha and Orange Marble Squares". This lovely recipe is from one of the books on my shelf "brownies and bars" by Liz Franklin. There are many lovely recipes in this book and I am really looking forward to make every one of them!

Chocolate and Orange Marble Squares
(adapted from "brownies & bars" by Liz Franklin)
Makes 15
Preparation time : 1 hour and 10 minutes.
You will need a lightly buttered deep roasting tin or cake tin measuring 20 x 30 cm/8 x 12 inches

Ingredients :
250 gm / 9 oz butter
250 gm / 9 oz sugar (I use 180 gm)
4 eggs, beaten
250 gm / 9 oz self-raising flour, sifted
juice and zest of 1 orange (I got 1/3 cup)
3 tbsps cocoa powder

Method :
Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, a little at a time, stirring in between each addition, until the mixture is smooth and all the eggs are incorporated. Stir in the flour. Add the orange juice and zest. Spoon half of the mixture in dollops randomly over the base of the prepared cake tin.

Add the cocoa powder to the remaining mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Spoon the mixture in between the dollops of the orange mixture. Drag a wooden spoon handle lightly through the mixtures to create a slight swirl effect.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or so, until golden and springy.

Cool in the tin and cut into squares. Store them in an airtight container.


  1. Perfect marble cake! So smooth and moist...

  2. Delicious n perfect looking marble cake...

  3. yummy marble cake! Do you have any eggless cake recipe? I would like to bake for my mum!

  4. Hi Angie,
    Thanks. This marble cake is perfect for tea-time and anytime of the day!

    Hi Vrinda,
    Thank you for visiting! You have a beautiful blog, lots of yummy and delicious looking goodies. Nice photography! Hope you will drop by again.

  5. Hi Malar,
    Nice to see you here! Yes, I have baked an eggless cake before, click my RECIPE LIST on the right toolbar and look for "Eggless Chocolate Walnut Cake". This is a lovely moist cake. I hope this is suitable for your mom. Have fun baking!

  6. Beautiful cake! My husband loves the combination of orange and chocolate. I'll have to make this for him.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm enjoying reading your posts as well. I've left you a note on the jelly post- let me know if you decide to try it!

  7. Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    Thank you, hope you enjoy the cake. I have read the note on your jelly post. Thank you so much, I will definitely try it out and will let you know. Have a nice day!