Chocolate-Vanilla Marbled Bread

Chocolate-Vanilla Marbled Bread

My husband may be a savory breakfast person, but on my side of the table there’s got to be a little sweetness. Whether with fresh fruit or muffins, or even just a flavorful cinnamon tea, I love to wake up to a weekend breakfast on the sweet side.

One of my favorite indulgences is quick bread. It’s just that – quick! Not to mention easy and always delicious. Some of my favorites have been my Mini Gingerbread Loaves and Lemon-Blueberry Breakfast Bread but this marbled bread, my first ever, really takes the cake. Er… bread.

Marbled Bread

All it involves is making a simple vanilla cake batter, then pouring half into another bowl and whisking in melted chocolate. The marbling effect is the result of spooning the batters into a loaf pan alternately, then swirling a skewer through the batter to achieve ribbons of chocolate and vanilla wonderfulness.

Enjoy this easy and mouthwateringly moist bread some slow morning, or as an after-dinner treat with some fruit, cream or powdered sugar. It’s sure to be delicious any way you devour it!

Chocolate-Vanilla Marbled Bread

Chocolate-Vanilla Marbled Bread

Yield: 1 loaf


  • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter and lightly flour a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a strip of parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate with 1/4 cup of the milk in the microwave, on high, stirring every 15 seconds until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream with the remaining 1/4 cup milk, and the vanilla extract.
  5. With an electric or hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. On low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and sour cream/milk mixture. Spoon half of the batter into a separate bowl. Add the melted chocolate mixture to one half of the batter and fold in.
  6. With two spoons, place spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the prepared loaf pan alternately (chocolate, white, chocolate, etc.). Run a wooden skewer or knife through the two batters to achieve a marbled effect. Don't over mix.
  7. Bake for about 50 - 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
  9. Enjoy!

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  1. Such a beautiful loaf!!!!
    I love marble cake and breads… There is something so mysteriously delicious about them…Right…
    This looks spectacular!!!

  2. I love quick breads too. And the marbled effect look gorgeous.

  3. I’m definitely a sweet breakfast person as well so this looks right up my street. Gorgeous pictures as ever!

  4. This bread sounds so wonderful!

  5. You know that feeling when a food photo simply takes your breath away? That’s exactly what I’m feeling right now. I just want have a slice of this for breakfast.

  6. I love quick breads – definitely a special treat. The marbling in this cake is so pretty and I always love the chocolate vanilla flavor combo.

  7. I am going to make this and send it to my out of state children. They will love it!

  8. I love quick breads as well! I tend to be a savory breakfast person like your husband, but I do love sweet breads around the holidays in particular. This looks yummy.

  9. yum! this looks gorgeous. I love marble cake and you made a great combination with vanilla and chocolate :)

  10. This looks delicious! Confession…I wish I could indulge in a breakfast on the sweet side like this bread every morning :)

  11. Gorgeous!! Just pinned. :)

  12. wow, this looks incredible. i love that it uses milk and sour cream, the moistness would be through the roof. bookmarking!

  13. this bread is beautiful! bread can be beautiful, right? yup, it is :)

  14. Can just imagine this underneath some glorious fresh picked strawberries in a couple months from now. Bookmarking this one!

  15. I’m with you, I like a little sweetness in my breakfasts…this looks wonderful!

  16. Marble cake is simply my favorite type of cake! Everytime we walk into Starbucks I stare at the ones in their display case contemplating whether I should splurge for one (calorie wise)… Thank you for sharing the recipe, gonna have to give it a try soon!

  17. Hi lovely. This looks delicious…just beautiful, in fact! Thank you for your sweet comments lately. They ALWAYS make my day! Yes, I did get a new camera, and I’m still learning so much about it. But it has been fun. Now let’s get together soon and bake/cook together. I’ll email you shortly. Hugs and love.

  18. I’m a big quick bread fan, too. This one is so pretty it looks like it is harder to make than it is. That’s my kind of recipe.

  19. Hi Georgia!
    I am SO glad my tutorial on how to add molding to a bathroom mirror helped you! Yay! :) Sometimes you wonder if anyone really uses any of the ideas that you post, so I’m very glad you let me know that you did, it blesses me to know that. :)
    Your quick vanilla/chocolate marble cake looks yummy! I love quick, easy and scrumptious recipes! :) I just put together the 3-2-1 cake from pinterest and my kids love that they can have cake in a minute! Have you seen it yet? 1 box of angel food cake mix, 1 box of any other kind of cake mix…and you mix them together in a baggy. 3T of the mix, 2T of water..mix in a mug and microwave for 1 minute! :) A little icing or fresh fruit on the top and it’s a simple yummy dessert in a couple of minutes! :)
    (if you’ve already heard of it, sorry for making you go through that! lol)

  20. mmmmmmmm!!! love the chocolate and vanilla combination Georgia. it would be so yummy with some fresh berries. ya know, i’ve never made quick bread before. i should though, this looks so simple.

  21. Beautiful! I would like a piece with my afternoon coffee please :)

  22. yumm! definitely making this soon. paired with some tea!

  23. I love a little savory and sweet breakfast too. This bread sounds perfect and it’s gorgeous, Georgia!

  24. This is my kinda baking and bread, Georgia. Will be trying this recipe and like the use of sour cream/plain yogurt. I wonder if Greek yogurt would sub well? Looks perfect for a Sunday morning with leftovers for the rest of the new week. :)

  25. @ My Cottage Charm – Thank you for the recipe. I had never heard of that before!

    @ Cristina – Yes, I think Greek yogurt would work fine in place of plain. Enjoy!

  26. Gorgeous! Love the swirl of chocolate. Sounds like the perfect breakfast to me!

  27. Light and smooth in texture..your marbled bread looks perfect.

  28. My boyfriend loves marbled bread so I think I should really try this recipe!!

  29. I’m with you. I like my breakfast to be sweet! This bread looks fabulous and oh so easy. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Beautiful bread that looks so good! Great combination of flavors.

  31. Georgia thank you for stopping by my blog to say hi. I’m glad you did because yours is beautiful and has so many lovely recipes. I especially love this bread. The ingredients are simple and easy to find and I like that you use yogurt in it. I look forward to making this especially with the addition of chocolate.

  32. Nice to meet you Georgia :) thanks for dropping by my blog! I’m just like you ~ I like some sweetness for breakfast too hehe thanks for sharing this great recipe! Can’t wait to try it out ~

  33. How delicious! I love the swirl in your bread, so this is right up my alley. Great post!

  34. That’s a beautiful loaf!! And perfect with coffee. :-)

    Thanks for stopping in and the nice comment on my homemade soap. I appreciate it.♥

  35. What a beautiful marble cake. To be honest, I can eat this bread any time of day :)

  36. A really lovely loaf! super recipe – so happy to have found your blog and have signed up to follow!
    Mary x

  37. How have I not said how delish and amazing this looks yea?!? I would love to make this!

  38. I’m the same way! I love it even more when it can be cake but you can call it bread so you don’t feel guilty eating it for breakfast!

  39. I like a little sweet and savory with my breakfast… this bread looks delicious!

  40. This bread with a steamy cappuccino for breakfast and I’m a very happy person! :)

  41. Beautiful marbled bread! I guess it’s kind of a cake;-)

  42. this is gorgeous and I want it! NOW! :)

  43. ooh, this looks divine. just pinned it on Pinterest + am planning to try it soon – maybe even tomorrow!

  44. Oh, this must be so so so good!! I’m imagining dunking this in my morning coffee.

  45. This is a wonderful classic. It is not only tasty and moist-it has that lovely eye catching swirl. Awesome picture here. I like that this is in a loaf pan, I have been looking for a recipe that is smaller than a big bundt. Glad you posted this-yum!

  46. I’ve never tasted a bread like this but I can tell I would LOVE it. My husband isn’t a sweet lover either but I can make him something else and eat this all by myself! LOL

  47. This bread is the best of both worlds. I love that you marbled my two favorite flavors together. And I’m with you, sweet is a must!

  48. I’m all for a little sweet for breakfast too! Especially in the way of your delectable cake! Love that swirl of chocolate.

  49. Wow, this bread looks so pretty and I am sure is fantastic in taste too. Yum!!!

  50. I think my husband could eat omlettes and savory breakfasts every morning too…but I need sweetness on my breakfast plate too. Love, love, love this quick bread!

  51. Georgia….I LOVE this bread. I swing more to the sweet side for breakfast, so I will definitely try this with my morning tea or coffee. It really looks so moist, and your swirl came out just perfect! Great pictures as always!

  52. Hi Georgia! Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m so glad to have found yours as well. Love your photos and all your gourmet and fresh recipes. Marbled bread is one of my biggest weaknesses… these look heavenly!

  53. Hi Georgia! This looks amazing. I actually can’t decide savory and sweet breakfast because I love both. But if this is on the table I know I’d pick this over any omelet. =) Looks easier than what I expected (for a non baker). I’m going to keep this and try it one day! Pinning~!

  54. Perfect for my afternoon tea. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  55. This looks wonderfully versatile! I really like it! :D

  56. A beautiful cake! Great flavors.



  57. Mmmmm! Love this cake! Absolutely perfect!

  58. Beautiful loaf! I’m right with you on having something sweet for breakfast, for me it’s almost required.

  59. This looks delicious!

  60. This is such a lovely loaf cake, a perfect treat and looks so pretty.

  61. That looks so good–it’s pretty amazing when you can tell from the photos just how moist the bread is!

  62. For a slow morning or after-dinner treat, even for tea now (it’s almost 3pm), this is the perfect bread to have. :)

  63. I love quick breads too. This is beautiful and looks super yummy!

  64. I love a good quick bread too. And I’m totally loving this marble bread! Beautiful :)

  65. my boyfriend is savory and i’m sweet, too! this is a great recipe!

  66. my daughter is going to love this!

  67. This looks fabulous! Love those swirls!

  68. 5 stars
    This not only looks beautiful but so delicious! I’m a certified chocoholic so I would love to try this. It would be wonderful with a cup of tea in the afternoon!

  69. Always wanted to make marble effect in baking cakes, loved this one a lot! Delicious!

  70. I’m a savoury breakfast girl, but I do like a bit of sweet now and again, and well this sounds like something I would love being the chocoholic I am :D

  71. This looks fantastic!! I’m with you on wanting something sweet in the morning. Even if I have something like eggs, I always need a little toast with jam or fruit on the side.

  72. Sometimes I truly consider baking something particular only to see it show up on your blog. How do you do that? :) This bread looks wonderful!

  73. Hi Georgie…anything that is quick I’ve got to try, especially when yours turned out looking so delicious!

  74. marbled cake is perfect for a sweet treat in the morning (yummy!)

  75. I’m pretty sure you’ve out done yourself this time, Georgia!! I want to eat that whole loaf!!!

  76. This looks absolutely amazing!

  77. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful loaf! A marbled loaf never fails to amaze me!

  78. 5 stars
    That is one beautiful loaf! I love quick breads :) We loved this recipe!

  79. 5 stars
    Beautiful! I love the swirls!!!!!!!!!!

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