Side shot of graveyard marble cake with Halloween decorations and candy on top.

Graveyard Marble Cake

Serving Time Icon 35 min
Serves Number Icon Serves 12

Serving up both chocolate and vanilla flavours, this moist marble cake is the perfect canvas for a Halloween vignette to share with family or a small group of friends. While the cake is delicious, the decorations are the great fun. We’ve used sugar pumpkin and skeleton bone candies with sugar cookie tombstones along with a few whimsical mini decorations to set the scene. Feel free to use what you love or what you have on hand to set the scene for screams of delight.

Prep 20 MIN

Cook 35 MIN

Marble Cake Ingredients


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line an 8-inch (1.5 L) baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.

Step 2

In a bowl, whisk together hot water and cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Step 3

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Step 4

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Beat in sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one a time, until combined. Beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture in three additions, alternating with 2 additions of milk until smooth and well combined. Remove 1/3 cup (75 mL) of the batter and add to the cocoa mixture until smooth.

Step 5

Spread remaining vanilla batter evenly into prepared pan. Spoon chocolate batter over top and using a knife swirl the chocolate mixture around to create a marble effect.

Step 6

Bake for about 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cake cool completely.

Step 7

Slice cake in half horizontally and carefully lift top off. Spread jam over bottom layer and top with cake. Spread sides and top liberally with icing to coat. Sprinkle top with chocolate cookie crumbs and decorate as desired.

Buttery Chocolate Icing Ingredients

This chocolate icing is perfect for cakes and cupcakes alike! No melting chocolate required for a chocolate taste. Use a deep, dark-coloured cocoa for rich colour and flavour.


Step 1

In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat butter until light in colour. 

Step 2

Slowly beat in 1 cup (250 mL) of the icing sugar. Beat in cream and vanilla. Beat in remaining icing sugar and cocoa powder until fluffy and smooth.

Nutritional Information

One Serving 1/12 Recipe

Calories 450
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates 56 g
Fat 24 g
Saturated Fat 14 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 95 mg
Sodium 190 mg
Fibre 2 g
Sugars 35 g
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