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.
Marble Cake Recipe
- 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.
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