Triple Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake {for How Sweet’s Baby Shower!!}

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Cake is a celebration food to most people – you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘a party without cake is just a meeting’ – so I thought it would be ever so appropriate to make one for celebrating Jessica from How Sweet It Is’ virtual baby shower!! If you haven’t heard of her blog somehow you know I’m going to tell you to go read it, pronto, especially if you’re in need of some serious food porn inspiration and a good laugh. Jessica is the sweetest, most upbeat person and I’m pretty sure her kid will have the happiest life ever (who wouldn’t when you get to eat the food she makes every day). Now, I’ve never been to an actual baby shower before but if it consists of a bunch of friends making hella food and eating it together, I’m game. Sounds like the only type of party that should exist to be honest.

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The theme set by the awesome organisers of this party, Bev and Ashley, was ‘Trashed up food’ basically meaning take a regular food and then put lots of cheese, carbs, caramel or chocolate into/onto it (well, that’s my interpretation). What I did was make a hybrid dessert – a cross between a marble cake and a streusel cake: chocolate-vanilla swirled batter sprinkled with chocolate chips and covered with chocolate-cinnamon streusel. I don’t think it could get better than that! It’s triple chocolate and as we all know, MORE chocolate is always BETTER!

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If you hadn’t believed me before about how lovely Jessica is, I think that the MEGA list of people ( below the recipe) celebrating with her today proves it.

Triple Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake

4.67 from 3 votes


For the topping:

  • 3 tbsp (45g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 1/3 cup (65 g) granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (83 g) all purpose (plain) flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup semisweet , (plain) chocolate chips

For the Cake:

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (130 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Butter and flour a large loaf tin (I used a 12 inch tin).
  • Place the butter for the topping into a medium heatproof bowl and place into the oven for 3 minutes so the butter melts (or place it in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted). Stir in the other topping ingredients - except the chocolate chips - to make a moist crumbly mixture. Set aside.
  • For the cake: In a large bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Stir in half of the flour, then half of the milk, then the rest of the flour, then the rest of the milk. Pour 2/3 of this mixture into a jug and set aside. To the remaining 1/3 of the batter left in the bowl add the cocoa powder and stir together.
  • To assemble: Pour half of the vanilla batter into the prepared loaf pan. Top with half of the chocolate batter and then half of the topping mixture. Cover with the rest of the vanilla batter, then the rest of the chocolate mixture and the chocolate chips. Take a knife and gently swirl it through the batter a few times. Cover the batter with the rest of the topping mixture and bake for 45-60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before running a butter knife around the edges of the cake and turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

  2. The Lemon Bowl – Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini

  3. With Style & Grace – Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

trashed up cocktails

  1. Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

  2. Food For My Family – Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail

  3. Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes

  4. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy

  5. A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail

  6. Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

  7. Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour

  8. Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

  9. A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail

  10. A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer

  11. The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider

  12. Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats

trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective – Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy

  2. The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie

  3. Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese

  4. Cookies & Cups – Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

  5. Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy

  6. Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries

  7. Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini

  8. Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup

  9. Lady and Pups – Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs

  10. Two Peas & Their Pod – Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

  11. Bake Your Day – Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon – Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos

  2. The Fauxmartha – Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos

  3. With Food + Love – Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos

  4. Mountain Mama Cooks – Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon

  5. Heather Christo – Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce

  6. A Couple Cooks – Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos

  7. Fitnessista – San Diego Lobster Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two – Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles

  2. My Name is Yeh – Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up

  3. Picky Palate – Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes

  4. Sprinkle Bakes – Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes

  5. Averie Cooks – Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

  6. Sweet Phi – Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars

  7. Love & Olive Oil – Loaded Junk Food Brownies

  8. Lauren’s Latest – Bakery Sugar Cookies

  9. Cookie + Kate – Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  10. Flourishing Foodie – Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  11. The Sugar Hit – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake

  12. Hummingbird High – Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts

  13. Top With Cinnamon – Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake

  14. Bake at 350 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes

  15. Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake

  16. Bakerella – Baby Block Cake Pops

  17. She Wears Many Hats –  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit

trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks – Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza

  2. Rachel Cooks – Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust

  3. Foodie With Family – Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza

  4. Shutterbean – Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza

  5. i am a food blog – Grilled Cheese Pizza

  6. My Life as a Mrs – Chili Cheese Dog Pizza

  7. Simply Scratch – Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle

  8. The Beeroness – Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza

  9. Yes I Want Cake – Roasted Pumpkin Pizza

  10. Two Red Bowls – Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza

  11. Dula Notes – Pork Bahn Mi Pizza

  12. Weelicious – Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets

  13. Take a Megabite – Roasted Beet Pizza

  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida – Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta

  15. Bakers Royale – Trash’d Street Tacos

92 thoughts on “Triple Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake {for How Sweet’s Baby Shower!!}”

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  5. Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    Haha, my understanding of ‘trashed up’ was exactly the same as yours! And it’s a philosophy that I embrace in my life. Just as I would embrace this cake, because it looks like pure chocolaty, swirly, crumb topped goodness! And yes, good friends all bringing food = the best kind of party.

  6. Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    Loaf cake is a party pleasure anywhere ( even online) I simply love the theme and I would highly recommend this come to life somewhere. Sweat pants for all!
    Chocolate crumbs and double swirl n the loaf; I am in heaven

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  9. Kirsty @ Ever So Sweet

    This cake looks beautiful and I bet it tastes ridiculously good! I can’t get over how sweet it is (pun intended!) for you guys to throw Jessica a baby shower! I adore her blog and her writing and the mega list just shows how lovely she is! I’m also finding lots of new blogs which is awesome too.

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  14. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    This cake looks absolutely beautiful. Love that swirl! And it is the perfect way to celebrate Jessica!

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  21. Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table

    I agree, triple chocolate is always better. And I love me some marble cake! Great recipe.

  22. OMG. Y’all are killing me. I want to be in a kitchen so bad right now trying every one of those gazillion amazing recipes!

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  31. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    This is such a sweet thing for you guys to do for her! I love her blog, and I can’t say I’m surprised to see how many bloggers are participating! This is amazing.

  32. Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen

    So many great, blowing-my-mind posts in the blogosphere today! Love this cake, Izy! Those crumbs makes this perfect.

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  34. it’s too bad we couldn’t have this shower in real life – i would be in the biggest food coma right now! gorgeous, gorgeous cake.

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  40. Usually when I eat marbled cake I find myself taking the pieces with the most chocolate! Like you said, more chocolate is always better!

  41. Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

    Love love love what’s going on here. Marble cake + crumb topping? HECK YES.

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  46. Di @ Bibby's kitchen at 36

    Trying to give up sugar or chocolate, or cake for that matter is futile. Anything with a streusel topping is irresistible.

  47. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to come over and comment on this! This cake is just gorgeous and sounds SO delicious, and that beautiful Julia Child’s quote is one that I think of every time I enjoy cake (with is a lot lol)!

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  49. Hi! This recipe looks great. Do you think soy or almond milk would work in place of dairy milk? I would use margarine in place of butter.

    Thank you!

        1. Hannah Steinblatt

          I made two of these for Thanksgiving, and they were a huge hit! Almond milk and margarine made it dairy-free, and it tasted perfect.

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  53. I made the cake and the taste was as beautiful as I thight it would be! I did find it to be a bit denser than what yours seems to look like. I live in Australia and here with have baking powder and bicarbonate soda. I was wondering what one you think would be the right one to use for this recipe as I feel this could have made a difference to the end result. Many thanks and I adore your blog! xx

    1. Definitely bicarbonate of soda – it’s stronger than baking powder so will produce more of a rise! 🙂

  54. Hi there! So, I baked The triple chocolate crumble cake yesterday. The chocolate share was delicious and the half-melted chips, well, what can I say. But, for a reason I still ignore, the vanilla share didn’t rise as it should. It is gummy. I wonder if the blending process could be the One to blame. For his long do you stir the eggs mixture? Xoxo

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  57. Would I be able to make this in a 9 inch loaf pan? I’m planning on making it for my parent’s anniversary this weekend 🙂

    1. I think it would work but maybe only make 3/4 of the recipe? (Use 6 tbsp of beaten egg if you do). Otherwise I’d fear that there’d be too much batter for the pan!

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