gateau marbre
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
This simple cake goes together in minutes. I melt the butter and the chocolate over the pilot lights on my stove. Do that before you measure out anything else, then by the time you’re ready for them, they’ll be cool enough (even if they’re lukewarm) to use. I love to serve home-made orange marmalade, just a small mound, alongside this cake. Normally, you melt chocolate in a double boiler, but if this feels like a complication, and you have a burner on your stove to go very, very low, just melt the chocolate here, stirring it often so it doesn’t stick. I normally don’t recommend microwaves (ask me later), but if you’ve got one of course you know, they do make good chocolate melters.
Servings: 6 servings
  • 8 tablespoons (½ cup; 4ounces;125g) unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces (60g) bitter chocolate preferably Lindt 70%,
  • 1-1/2 cups (200g) all-purpose, bleached flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • PInch fine sea saltPinch
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (200g) vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) plain full-fat yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons best-quality vanilla extract
  1. Butter and flour one 9-1/2 inch (24cm) round cake pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190C; gas 5).
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat, remove the heat and cool. Melt the chocolate in a small pan over very low heat, checking and stirring it often. Remove from the heat to cool.
  3. Sift together the flour, the baking powder and the salt onto a piece of waxed or parchment paper.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and the sugar until they are light , fluffy, and pale yellow. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the eggs and sugar, whisking to incorporate them as you do. Fold in the yogurt and vanilla, then the melted butter.
    cake batter France
  5. Pour two-thirds of the batter into the prepared cake pan. Fold the melted chocolate into the remaining one-third of the batter until it is thoroughly combined. Pour the chocolate batter on top of the plain batter that is already in the cake pan and run a rubber scraper through the batter several times to swirl the two batters together
    chocolate batter
  6. Bake the cake in the center of the oven until it is slightly mounded and your finger leaves a very slight impression when you touch the top of it, about 30 minutes.
    gateau marbre
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire cooling rack. Serve when it is fully cool, or the following day. If you like, you may dust the top with powdered sugar.

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