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Marble Cake

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Spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate swirl together to make this delightful marble cake for dessert.

  • Yield: Makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2007

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan; set aside. Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the buttermilk and beginning and ending with the flour. Set aside 1/3 of the batter.

  3. In a bowl, mix cocoa and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture to the reserved cake batter; stir until well combined.

  4. Spoon batters into the prepared pan in 2 layers, alternating spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate to simulate a checkerboard. To create marbling, run a table knife (or wooden skewer) through the batters in a swirling motion.

  5. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack to cool 10 minutes. Turn out cake from pan and cool completely on the rack. Cake can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

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  • cjl081
    8 APR, 2016
    How many cups of batter does this make I need like 20 cups for a few big cakes!
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  • phungcaogmail
    2 FEB, 2016
    This recipe is very easy to follow! I used AP Flour and it turned out perfectly fine. Now I have a marble cake in my baking arsenal.
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  • BlueClouds
    16 DEC, 2014
    Hi, I made this cake today and it's absolutely Fantastic!!!! I cannot find enough great words to describe how wonderful the cake is:)
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  • Altgen
    24 AUG, 2014
    I've made this cake tonight and exactly followed the recipe. It turned out just great. Best marble cake I've made. The checker board filling might seem hard as they tend to mix but they don't. So just apply as instructed and do not mix to much. One or two swirl will do it. Thanks for the recipe.
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  • Danh Vo
    18 SEP, 2013
    Marble cake is one of my favorite dishes and I was looking all over the internet for its recipe. Finally I found an informative one about its recipe. The steps you provided are very good and easy to understand. Keep up the great work.Sonic Games
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  • Cynthia3142
    13 SEP, 2013
    For some reason I thought that this was a pound cake since it was made in a loaf pan! It still tastes good though, although I couldn't get it to swirl as nicely as it was shown in the photo.
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  • Didi5
    14 AUG, 2013
    Hi, I've been looking for a great marble sponge cake recipe and seems that I've now found it! However, I've been asked to make it as a four tier wedding cake! Can you please tell me the quantities of ingredients I would need to make a 16" round cake? Many thanks :)
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    3 JUL, 2013
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  • Bilqis Camila
    3 APR, 2013
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  • Nurul Zabuddin
    12 FEB, 2013
    Omg! This recipe is like the best marble recipe cake ever!! I totally fell in love with it on my first bite XD my family absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing the recipe :)
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