Marble cake recipe – a simple cake with no frosting needed, perfect for kids and adults alike.
I grew up eating marble cake. It’s almost a comfort food for me – warm, spongy marble cake fresh out of the oven served with cold milk or “Boost” when I get back from school. Ah, bliss. While a good chocolate cake is always on top of my favourite cakes list, marble cake was a very close second as a child.
Amma baked pretty often when I was a kid so I don’t remember us buying this from outside during the early years of my childhood. When baking a cake was in the plans, she would take out her cream pot and churn it make soft cloudy butter. I don’t think we ever bought butter during those days. Any butter that was in the fridge for a few days was made into golden ghee.
When I started college, a family friend opened up a bakery called Johns and Pauls. They sold the best marble cake in Kottayam at the time. Since they opened shop, I don’t think we’ve made this cake at home.Print
A simple butter cake with vanilla and chocolate batter swirled together to create a marbled look. A favourite for kids, this cake needs no frosting, just good quality butter to make it taste amazing!
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- A pinch of salt (omit if using salted butter)
- 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 100 gm unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 180C / 350F
- Grease a cake tin of choice with some butter. I used my silicone bundt pan which needs no greasing.
- Place the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla essence and milk in a bowl.
- Beat slowly with a whisk to moisten, then beat with an electric mixer (or vigorously by hand) at medium speed for about two minutes until the batter is smooth.
- Reserve three-fourth cup batter and pour the remainder into the cake pan.
- Stir cocoa into the three-fourth cup reserved batter. You can add cocoa to more of the batter depending on which flavour you want dominating.
- Drop the chocolate batter by the spoonfuls on top of the white batter.
- Using a knife, swirl the cocoa batter into the white batter to give it a marbled effect.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven. Check with a skewer to see if the cake is done.
- Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Marble cake is delicious without any frosting but a light dusting of icing sugar won’t hurt.
I have tried this marble cake recipe with salted butter and unsalted butter. Both taste fine (add a fat pinch of salt if using unsalted butter) and I would recommend using the best quality butter you can get your hands on
The batter is meant to be a bit thick and this is perfect.
When swirling the cake batter, don’t over do it or the batters will mix together and turn beige
The crust needs to turn a golden brown so bake as long as a skewer inserted into the cake comes out with moist crumbs
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Few images of baking marble cake
Drop white and chocolate batters into the cake pan by the spoonfuls, alternating as you go
Swirl gently with a pointed knife or skewer
Bake until the crust is golden brown