Simple Marble Cake

Marble Cake - sounds exotic and difficult to bake, however, it is one of the easiest and even a lazy baker like me can bake one. A marble cake is basically made of 2 different flavours and the marbling effect is achieved by spooning alternate colours of cake mix into the cake tin. Vanilla and chocolate/cocoa flavours are popular choices. A marbling effect is achieved by swirling the cake mix into different patterns.Follow this simple recipe to bake this simple yet delicious cake.

Prep time: 30mins

Cook time: 50-60mins

Serves: 8-10 slices


175g castor sugar

175g butter

225g self raising flour

pinch of salt

3 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

2tbsp milk

2tbsp back coffee ( cold)

2 tbsp cocoa powder


  • Pre-heat oven to 160deg and grease and line a 900g cake tin.

  • In a big bowl, beat castor sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

  • Add the eggs one by one and beat well after adding each one.

  • Now add the vanilla extract and mix well.

  • Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and fold well, ensuring there are no lumps(do not beat)

  • Divide the mixture equally and pour 1/2 of the mixture into another big bowl.

  • In the first cake mixture, add the milk and gently mix well.

  • Add the black coffee and cocoa powder and make a smooth paste.

  • Add this cocoa and coffee paste into the 2nd cake mixture. Gently mix till the cake batter becomes chocolatey in colour.

  • Spoon both batters alternately into the cake tin to make a pattern. Insert a tooth pick or skewer and swirl the mixture to form patterns.

  • Tap the cake tin on the counter a couple of times to get rid of air bubbles. Put the tin in the pre-heated oven.

  • Bake for about 50-53mins. Check if it is cooked by inserting a skewer and if it comes out clean the cake is baked.

  • Let the cake rest inside the tin of 10mins., remove it from the tin and let it rest for on a cake rack. The cake should be cooled completely before slicing. Enjoy your marble cake with a hot cup of tea!

Hints & tips: If you do not have self raising flour you can use plain flour. Mix 2tsp of baking powder to every 150g or 1 cup of plain flour.

I had become a bit lazy and did not pour the cake mix diligently in a pattern, you may make a chess board pattern or swirl the mix to make feather like designs, depending on how creative you are. You can also get your kids to design it!.

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