Chocolate Marble Loaf


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time1 hr
*PLUS 10 minutes cooling time
Chocolate Marble Loaf

Photo, Erik Putz.

Chatelaine Triple Tested

Who says a loaf can't be the star of the show? Swirls of dark chocolate and sweet vanilla cake make every slice a decadent and unique treat.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

  • 1/4 cup hot water

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 2 tsp coarse sugar


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F and spray a 9 × 5-in. loaf pan with oil.

  • WHISK flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, butter, hot water and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir into flour mixture until just combined. Reserve 1 cup of the batter.

  • MELT chocolate chips and 2 tbsp hot water. Stir into reserved 1 cup batter until no streaks remain. Pour half of the plain batter into prepared pan. Top with chocolate mixture, then cover with remaining plain batter. Drag a paring knife through the batter 2 or 3 times. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

  • BAKE 50 to 60 min. Cool in pan on rack, about 10 min. Remove from pan and cool on rack completely.