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Feb 20, 2021

Marble Cake

If you are craving a slice of cake, be sure to make this easy marble cake, a mixture of chocolate and vanilla cake that doesn't need any frosting. It's so good! 

Marble cake with fork


This marble cake is super moist and stays fresh for several days. It's delicious on its own or topped with whipped cream or ice cream. 

The batter is easy to pull together. You can make it with a handheld mixer or a stand mixer. 

To make the chocolate part of the batter, just divide the batter in half and add cocoa powder to one half, along with a tablespoon of milk. 

Three pieces of marble cake

Once you have the two batters, all you need to do is scoop portions of the chocolate and vanilla batter into a prepared pan and run an offset spatula through everything to create the marbled effect. 

This marble cake recipe makes 9 servings. You can also cut the cake into smaller servings for a delicious dessert with ice cream, whipped cream, and chcocolate syrup. 

Marble cake on plates

This cake would be perfect for a lunch box. It's also fun as an impromptu snack or dessert. 

Tips for making this cake:

For measuring perfectly, I highly recommend using a kitchen scale, especially for measuring flour and cocoa powder. Not only is it more accurate, you often don't have to get measuring cups dirty because you can just measure the ingredients right into the mixing bowl. 

The recipe calls for room temperature milk. If your milk is cold, you can microwave it for 15 to 20 seconds to get it to room temperature. 

The same goes for eggs. If your eggs are cold, you can drop them, in their shells, into a glass of warm (not hot) water for a few minutes to bring them to room temperature. 

Line the bottom the pan with parchment paper that also comes up on two sides. That way, you can grab the parchment on the sides and lift the whole cake out of the pan in one piece after it cools. 

marble cake on fork

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

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Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

Cookbook cover

It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for February 2021 were ~ 

Orange Marmalade Loaf with Coconut Topping

Fig & Orange Cake

Marble Cake

Marble cake on plates

Marble Cake Recipe

Marble Cake Recipe
Yield: 9 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
If you are craving a slice of cake, be sure to make this easy marble cake, a mixture of chocolate and vanilla cake that doesn't need any frosting. It's so good!


  • 180 grams (1 1/2 cups) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 127 grams (9 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 149 grams (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 170 grams (3/4 cup) whole milk, room temperature, one tablespoon separated.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 23 grams (3 tablespoons) unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8 inch square cake pan with spray oil and line the bottom and up two of the sides of the pan with an 8 inch by 14 inch piece of parchment paper. Spray the parchment with spray oil. 
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. 
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, mix the butter on medium high until creamy. 
  5. Add the sugar and beat for about 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. 
  6. Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated. 
  7. Mix in the flour and milk (reserving one tablespoon) on low in alternating increments, beginning and ending with the flour. Add in the vanilla and mix until smooth, about 30 seconds. 
  8. Divide the batter in half and mix in the cocoa powder and the reserved milk to one half of the batter and mix until incorporated. 
  9. Dollop the vanilla batter into the pan with about 5 dollops. Follow with the chocolate batter. With an offset spatula or butter knife, swirl the two batters to create a marble effect. 
  10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan. 



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  1. This cakes look great! Love your tips, too (especially the one about the room temp eggs - I'll use that one).

  2. So SO pretty - it came out beautifully!

  3. I love how we both thought about chocolate syrup for a topping. Great minds Karen.

  4. Your cake looks so good! Was yours set at 25 minutes?

  5. I adore this type of cake, and actually have not made it in a couple of months - it's time! That is very nice to wrap and give away... I think I'll include your version in this week's goodies!

  6. Your cake looks perfect! And I appreciate all your tips since I don't always plan far enough in advance for ingredients to reach room temperature!

    1. Thanks Kim! I almost aslways forget to plan ahead!

  7. Hi, I’m wondering what I could be doing wrong. I have made this exact recipe three separate times over the past year and my cake is always half the height of the pictures yours show, as if it hasn’t risen at all. It’s also very dense because of this. Is the 1 1/4 tsp baking powder the correct measurement?

    1. That is the correct measurement. I also checked the photos of the other bloggers who made this cake and they had the same results. Have you tried it with new baking powder? I also recommend weighing the flour just to make sure because there are so many variables.


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