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Chocolate Marble Loaf Recipe

Chocolate Marble Loaf

Not only is a marble loaf visually appealing, they’re pretty darned delicious and this recipe is no exception.

The marbling is created by dividing the batter in half and adding cacao to one half. It’s very easy to do and creates a dramatic effect.

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Chocolate Marble Loaf
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Recipe type: dessert
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup softened margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cacao powder, sifted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a 9” x 5” loaf pan and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla and continuing mixing until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder
  5. Now you can start adding the dry mixture and milk into the butter and sugar mixture, but add just a little bit at a time to avoid big messes. Once the ingredients are wet, you can turn up your mixer and blend for about 2-3 more minutes.
  6. Once the batter is ready, divide in half. Add the ¼ cup cacao powder to half the batter, but make sure you sift it beforehand, so it blends in well.
  7. Now you’re ready to add the batter to the loaf pan. Put a layer of vanilla, followed by a layer of chocolate and then continue until the batter is used up. Then, using a knife, cut through the batter in a variety of patterns to create a marbled effect with the batter.
  8. Bake on the middle rack of your oven for about 50-60 minutes. You’ll know when your loaf is done when you insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean.

This loaf can be eaten fresh, but also freezes very well. You can even pre-slice it and include in lunches over the next few weeks.

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About Kelli Miller

My husband (Ricky) of 15 years, our three wild and wonderfully different little boys, one totally spoiled little dog named Annie, and I live in a small town on the coast of Southern Alabama.


  1. Hi Kelli- this looks delicious! I’m always on the lookout for some quick bread recipes, and this looks like one I have to try. Thanks for sharing-
    Stopping by from Bowdabra Blog. Have a great weekend!
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  3. I’ve got to try this bread. Looks amazing; sounds yumy! Visiting from Pocket Change Gourmet.

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  5. Susie @Bowdabra says:

    DELISH! Thank you for linking up in our Crafty Showcase last week.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Susie @Bowdabra

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  6. What a great recipe! Have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you are having a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~
    Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain´s last blog post ..Double Chocolate Cupcakes

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