Chocolate & Sweet Cream Marble Loaf


Remember when I used to work out?

Gosh golly. In our first few weeks here in the Philippines, I worked out every morning. And by worked out, I mean I ran for five seconds. It wasn’t much, but it gave me license for an extra cookie.

Now I don’t work out anymore, and I have a million reasons why.

First of all, I have this weird chest pain called costochondritis. I can’t believe I just told you that, and yes I might be 95 years old. Just please pretend I’m normal for one second. This random chest pain makes me want to lay in bed and eat chocolate and Advil all day. There is no working out when this thing is kicking my butt.

But the nice thing about costochondritis is that it goes away. So, like, it’s gone now. Annnnd I’m still not working out because I realized that it’s kind of nice to watch TV instead.

Chocolate & Sweet Cream Marble Loaf

I am so bad, but I’m about to get worse.

Because not working out also gives me extra time for yummy TV snacks. Say, for example, a chocolate and sweet cream cake named “marble loaf”.

Oooooh it’s so good. We ate about half the batter before this thing even hit the oven. Maybe it tasted so good because there was half of a can of sweetened condensed milk in it, or maybe it tasted extra good because I don’t work out anymore. Funny how that works.

Oh my gosh. I promise to you, and to myself, that I will work out again in some way, shape, or form, someday. Now promise you’ll make this and smoosh your face in it.


3.0 from 3 reviews
Chocolate Sweet Cream Marble Loaf
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Serves: 8-10
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ can sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup milk (I used part milk, part heavy cream, because that’s what I do)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ⅓ cup melted butter (or oil can work too)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease a loaf pan with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, milk, egg, and melted butter. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, reserving about ½ cup of the batter.
  5. Mix the cocoa powder with the remaining ½ cup batter and stir until combined. Pour the chocolate batter over the regular batter and marble with the tip of a knife, making “s” motions throughout the batter until the two batters are swirled together in a nice pattern.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Top each slice with butter or jam, or serve with coffee.

I’m spending tonight at the mall with six preteen girls. Buckle up.

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  1. I have no reason for not working out except I keep saying, “kids go back to school in two weeks, I’ll workout then.” In the meantime, yes, I’d like some marble bread to smoosh in my face. Thanks.

  2. okay, so i made the chicken tamale pie last night…it was fantastic! and, i think i am officially hooked on your blog now. you are one funny lady and this not working out post just made me like you even more. i am currently training for a half marathon (don’t ask me why) and looking forward to the day when it is over and i can choose to sleep in and then bake cake for breakfast instead of getting up to run, it sounds like much more fun. :)

  3. take care of yourself and your chest pains – clearly nothing to mess around with! I would definitely lay in bed and eat all the cake in the world if I were you!

  4. More foods should contain sweetened condensed milk. Looks gorgeous!

  5. I have costochondritis, too – when it happens, I can’t hardly breathe, let alone eat chocolate. The first few times, I thought I was having a heart attack! Very scary.

  6. This looks amazing!

  7. Hey we’re loaf ladies today {that sounded way cooler in my head}! I signed up for a 5k in September… probably should start training for it :/. I’ll start after I make a loaf of this marble goodness. Have a great weekend Lindsay!

  8. Sweetened condensed milk literally makes everything in the world better. Doctor’s orders: eat an extra piece for me. :)

  9. This sounds (and looks) incredible…I’ve never had a loaf with sweetened condensed milk and I LOVE the idea. And not working out = not so bad. I’ve always kinda thought I might like to gain 100 pounds just so I’d have a real goal in mind with my workouts :)

  10. Totally know what it feels like to rather watch TV than work out. That happened to me yesterday.

  11. I had costochondritis when I was pregnant and I seriously thought the baby had broken my rib it was so painful! And I’m probably going to have to make two loaves, because my husband will probably eat one before I get a chance to try it!!

    • I’ve read that it can be onset by pregnancy (which is not in my case, since I’ve had it for the last few years off and on and still no baby!) :) but I can’t imagine trying to deal with the pain WHILE CARRYING A CHILD. You are a champ!

  12. Just to clarify, chasing after small children (preteens for that matter) at the mall equals exercise! Love your blog!

  13. There are times where I just don’t feel like going to the gym at all! And yes, TV definitely trumps the gym!

    So glad you skipped the gym and made this cake. It’s freaking gorgeous, and the perfect breakfast item! (It’s perfectly normal to eat this for breakfast, right?)

  14. Sounds like the perfect way to use up that little bit of cocoa that’s not quite enough to make brownies with. Wouldn’t want to waste right?

  15. I hope you get better soon. Life is tough enough without feeling like you are having a heart attack.

    Thanks for the recipe. I think one of these should be in the freezer just in case some one stops by for a visit.

  16. Sweet cream, cocoa, butter, and vanilla!??!? How can you beat that!? I gotta make this soon!

  17. haha i want to return your workout question with – remember when i never worked out?! ugh, i really need to start getting shape for my wedding but it’s SO.HARD. to get in a routine!! ack! maybe i shouldn’t ask you to send me a loaf of this bread then….

  18. jean Morrison says:

    I am looking for recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Donut Balls as shown in the September 2012 issue of Ladies Home Journal but can’t find it. Help!

  19. I get Costochondritis too!!! It wakes me up in the middle of the night. My doctor told me to take 2 extra strength tylonol and 2 advil. I don’t know why but it works. Do you have access to those in the Philippines?

    This loaf is beautiful!

    • Yeah, I’ve been popping ibuprofen/acetaminophen combos like crazy for the last 3 weeks. I brought a huge bottle in anticipation that it would bother me while I’m here and I’m so glad I did!

  20. I’m so deep- down tired, in a “I just helped 60 pre-k through 8th graders produce a 90 minute play, with only one week of rehearsals… As in we just got the scripts on Monday and performed tonight” kind of way. I am (was) just a titch crabby… Until I read the title of your recipe and everything else melted away. :) Such sweet therapy you are!
    I am so sorry to hear about your chest pains. How truly terrible! My sound medical advice is to bake all you want, then when you come home, I’ll just give you my wardrobe of the “skinny” clothes I’ve grown out of! :)

    • Oh my, I can only imagine. Kudos to you for taking the time to make summer fun for those kiddos! When I come back, you can help me exercise by going for long walks to Dairy Queen with me. :)

      • Lindsay, you must have ESP! The kids and I discovered that a Dairy Queen on our route home from Creative Arts Camp has half-price HAPPY HOUR every day from 2-4 o’clock. That there is some dangerous knowledge in my hands, as we have been to happy hour every single day since… :)

  21. I vote for eating this over working out:-)

  22. Oh boy…this sounds freaking awesome!

  23. I just came across your blog and I’m so glad I found it! I just started a blog on 7/20/12 and I’ve been posting everyday, but wondering how I can do more with my blog. I think your blog will answer a lot of questions. Your blog looks great! Do you have any advice for me on how to get more exposure with my blog?

    BTW, this recipe looks great. I’m gonna search around because I bet you have fab. recipes on here!

  24. I have that too and it feels like someone is stepping on my chest when it gets bad! OR rather, ripping my chest bone in half. I feel ya! This looks delicious!

  25. yum – this looks soooooo good. I’ve quit working out temporarily too. . . . back in the saddle again once school starts – hopefully!!

  26. Mary Mork says:

    Glad you are feeling better, Lindsay. I’m going to give the marble loaf a whirl!!! Looks good :)

  27. Oh my goodness, this looks good. I’m sure the sweetened condensed milk makes this extra moist.

  28. Oh, my. This looks heavenly!

  29. Lindsay, I actually went and cooked it! I should have been careful and read the warning between the lines – this cake is the shortest road to food heaven and self-restrain hell! I cooked it and then I ate most of it, despite my diet of now nearly 10 weeks!

    This cake is mild, delicate and a touch salty from the condense milk in it. You also can’t really taste the milk, you rather go: “m-m-m…. yum… what is it? I know this taste” – but it’s gone now, you have to take another bite!

    Thank you Lindsay for this great recipe:-) I took the liberty to re-post it on my blog, I hope you don’t mind!

  30. i would definitely lay in bed all day and eat your mango snack cake, your peanut butter oatmeal cookies, advil, water, this marble cake, and your baked croissant cinnamon french toast. we’d be fat and lethargic and have 849758394 cavities. But it would be WORTH IT. 😉

  31. I’m 16 and also have Costochondritis so we’re both in the old lady boat I guess. I got it from my back pack being too heavy in like 7th grade it’s super annoying and painful. Feel better!

  32. I don’t have any conditions but I’ve been going to physical therapy for a year because every part of my body hurts all the time except my arms and chest. So there can be a few of us in the old lady boat! Woohoo. It also prevents me from exercising.

    And yeah. A half can of sweetened condensed milk usually makes anything better so I know this must be great. :)

  33. That looks really good. Mmmmm

  34. What a lovely loaf cake! I workout 5 days a week, but I’m starting to think it’s overrated! 😉

  35. Working out is overrated! Ha! Especially if you have this bread hanging around your kitchen! Looks delicious! :)

  36. I’m such an excuse maker when working out comes up…
    I mean, us girls get busy, right? Ha. This loaf looks divine!!

  37. That is a gorgeous cake….what an awesome recipe!

  38. I was just sent your blog through a twitter friend! This post alone just made me forcefully add you to my google reader! lol. Not working out + watching TV = tv snacking for sure!!

  39. Cake Decorating says:

    This recipe is so perfect for me right now – I had a long and far from perfect day, and really crave a piece of nice, home baked cake. On my way to the kitchen already :)

  40. I know how you feel about the Costochondritis, Lindsay. I have it, too, and sometimes you feel like you’re having a heart attack. It’s no fun at all.

    Can’t wait to try your Chocolate Sweet Cream Marble Loaf! It looks so yummy!! Thanks for posting it, and I hope you have more days when you feel better, than you have in pain.

  41. Just noticed vanilla is listed twice in the ingredients list. I do not see in the directions any reference to adding it twice, can you verify that this is correct? Thanks, can’t wait to make this!

  42. I loved this recipe…Instead of being left with half a can of the sweetend condensed milk I decided to double the whole recipe. It made a beautiful high loaf in my pan and it was

  43. Hi, can you tell my what size was the can of condensed milk that you used? Just so I get an accurate measurement of what half a can is. Thanks!

  44. WAAAAAAAAAAY Too much Sweet Cream. I realised it after mixing the ingredients but it was too late. Nothing I did could save it. This comes out more like a biscuit than a cake. I felt like I was eating a KFC biscuit.

  45. Tried this recipe..followed to a tee and missed the moist part. Good out of the oven but then turned hard…do you happen to have a r ecipe that is moist and won’t turn hard once cooled??thank you

  46. So crazy…I have the SAME chest pain! I never knew what it was until now when I was finally able to give it a name and google it and find out more about it…the internet is so much more powerful and smarter than doctors these days…

    Making this loaf tonight!! Thanks for being awesome! :)

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