Rating: 3.69 stars
692 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 197
  • 4 star values: 220
  • 3 star values: 172
  • 2 star values: 68
  • 1 star values: 35

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

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (29)

692 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 197
  • 4 star values: 220
  • 3 star values: 172
  • 2 star values: 68
  • 1 star values: 35
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2017
Made it from Martha Baking Book but same recipe as shown here. Tried it to use up buttermilk. Easy to follow and not stressful at all, even though recipe called for eggs at room temp. As a regular home baker I do notrecall ever seeing that in a recipe? I went ahead with cold eggs and used All Purpose flour. Loved the mixing of cocoa & water, good texture easy to mix with vanilla batter. Alot more batter than expected but it fit fine in loaf pan. It turned out amazing! Had to bake 5 min longer. Moist, tasty and gorgeous. I did not use glaze as I don't like things very sweet. New go to recipe for quick dessert for house guests and friends.I no longer have to admire Marbled cake at the bakery I can now just whip it up! Hit with the husband too! I am at high altitude 5000ft and I did not adjust for anything. I impressed myself today!
Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2017
I had to double ingredients to make a layer cake, but it seems that the chocolate batter (cocoa & boiling water mixture) was too liquid-y; it turned the "1/3 reserved batter" into a too-liquid cake batter, thus I couldn't use all of it in the marble mixture. Did others run into this issue? Mine is baking in the oven right now (for a daughter's birthday cake) and so I hope it comes out well!
Rating: Unrated
04/08/2016
How many cups of batter does this make I need like 20 cups for a few big cakes!
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02/02/2016
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.
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2014
Hi, I made this cake today and it's absolutely Fantastic!!!! I cannot find enough great words to describe how wonderful the cake is:)
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2014
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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Rating: Unrated
09/18/2013
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
Rating: Unrated
09/13/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
08/14/2013
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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07/03/2013
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. datingtips101.org
Rating: Unrated
04/03/2013
i want your recipe marbel cake please tag in for me thanks ........
Rating: Unrated
02/12/2013
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 :)
Rating: Unrated
08/11/2012
My cake didnt turn out good. It was so moist that its like not cook and i've bake it for more than an hour. What happen?
Rating: Unrated
07/19/2012
Overall, a very good and moist cake, I love marble cakes since I have the pleasure of tasting both vanilla and chocolate in the same bite. I used medium size eggs instead of large, still it came out great, I have also used milk instead of butter milk. The marble design on my cake was amazing. Thanks for the wonderful recipe :)
Rating: Unrated
05/27/2012
Such a hit!! My son wanted marble cake for his birthday. His twin wanted ice cream cake ( I will review that next) This was a little involved but the results well worth it. I am going to make another for a neighbor having surgery next week. I call Martha my sister now with all my great baking results. I always thought of myself as a cook, not a baker.
Rating: Unrated
12/26/2011
I tried this recipe for the first time tonight. The cake turned out great! Moist and not too sweet, just how I like it. Overall pretty easy to make, given that there's a video too. However, I had to bake the cake for almost an hour because when I took it out after 50 mins, there were parts that still needed more baking. I guess everyone's oven is different. Next time I make this I'll aim to make prettier marbles. :)
Rating: Unrated
10/17/2010
Tested this out last night and it is amazing. Moist and soft texture, absolutely delicious. Love the marbling technique. Much better marbled look than the old method of putting spoonfuls of chocolate on top of the white.
Rating: Unrated
10/16/2010
Since cake flour is so expensive I do not use it. Instead, use 1 less tablespoon of flour per cup, and double sift the flour. I bake wedding cakes and have always received rave reviews for my cake flavor. Am baking a marble wedding cake for next weekend and cannot wait to test out this recipe.
Rating: Unrated
08/03/2010
I baked this marble cake twice and it was finished the very next morning. Its so addictive. Now that I've moved to Australia, there is no cake flour to be found. I want to bake this marble cake again. Any suggestions on cake flour substitute? Thanks
Rating: Unrated
04/09/2010
Nicolehewson, it's 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of boiling water.
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2010
This was delicious. Very moist and tasty. I did add a little bit more of vanilla and baked it for 40 minutes.
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02/19/2010
I found that 2 tablespoons of boiling water was not nearly enough to smooth out the cocoa. I ended up adding more water to make a smooth paste, and it worked fine.
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2010
I've made this cake 3 times and it's a wonderful recipe, with a beautiful smooth texture thanks to the cake flour. It's never lasted more than 1 day in my house because it's such a tasty cake! Perfect recipe.
Rating: Unrated
09/02/2009
So you put the cocoa into the 1/3 or the 2/3?
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02/09/2009
This cake came out perfectly and delicious. I substituted buttermilk with plain yogurt (same amt) and did everything by hand (no mixer) - quick, easy, impressive. THANK YOU for a great recipe that was exactly what I was looking for.
Rating: Unrated
09/08/2008
I baked this marble cake buy I do not recommend it
Rating: Unrated
04/07/2008
Oops, you are right, 1/3 of the batter...my error...anyway it was very good although I used a loaf pan and it wasnt as high as I would have liked it...thanks
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2008
Kitkath- Just looking this over and it is 1/3 of the batter and not one third of a cup! Hope that helps :)
Rating: Unrated
03/07/2008
i just baked this marble cake but havent tried it yet.....my problem is how could 1/3 cup of batter mixed with the cocoa be enough to make the above checkerboard. Maybe it should have been 2/3 cup of batter to save for the cocoa. I added extra batter to the 1/3 cup.