Easy Marble Cake
Updated: Apr 29
When you simple cannot decide between a chocolate cake and a plain vanilla, go for this beautiful marble cake. This cake combines the best of two worlds and also creates an intricate pattern along the way. You can bake this in a loaf tin and serve freshly sliced with a hot cup of tea or top this up with some buttercream and ganache to make a beautiful birthday cake or dessert that wows when the cut reveals the beautiful pattern.
1.5 cups or 180 gm flour
0.75 cup or approx 160 gm powdered sugar
3 large eggs
150 gm softened butter
2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
0.5 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
2 table spoons milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line the baking tin with baking paper
In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt
In another bowl, whisk butter, oil and sugar till light
Add flour to the butter mix and fold in by gentle whisk, add one egg and gently whisk.
Continue adding flour and egg alternating and ending with flour
Divide the batter into two halves
Add vanilla extract to one half and fold in
Now to the other half, add cocoa powder and fold in lightly. Add 1-2 tablespoons milk to make the batter similar in consistency to the vanilla batter
Put dallops of alternating cocoa and vanilla batter in the baking tin
Swirl through the batter using a tooth pick in circular motions to mix up the two batters creating marble effect
Bake for approx 30-35 mins depending on oven setting
Let cool in the pan for 5 mins before taking out
Cool down the cake completely before frosting
To make the frosting
Whisk cream till peaks are formed and gently add in sugar. I prefer less sweet sugar so this is a trade-off between stiff peaks and sweetness of the frosting.
Gently fold in melted chocolate and mix so that no traces of white remain
Cut the cake in half (if using one cake), spread a layer of mixed fruit jam followed by a layer of frosting
Place the top half on the prepared bottom half of the cake.