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marble cake recipe

Marble Cake Recipe

  • Author: nags
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking


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


  1. Preheat oven to 180C / 350F
  2. Grease a cake tin of choice with some butter. I used my silicone bundt pan which needs no greasing.
  3. Place the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla essence and milk in a bowl.
  4. 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.
  5. Reserve three-fourth cup batter and pour the remainder into the cake pan.
  6. 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.
  7. Drop the chocolate batter by the spoonfuls on top of the white batter.
  8. Using a knife, swirl the cocoa batter into the white batter to give it a marbled effect.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven. Check with a skewer to see if the cake is done.
  10. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  11. 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

Keywords: marble cake