Easy Marble Cake Recipe

Updated on September 18, 2019
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I love baking of all types: cakes, biscuits, donuts, cookies, pies, bread, muffins, and much more!

A yummy marble cake, fresh out from the oven.
A yummy marble cake, fresh out from the oven.

A Marble Cake to Start the Festive Month

September feels festive to me, as this is the time that I start thinking about the approaching holidays. I decided to do some baking to kick off the season, and I realized that I hadn't enjoyed a marble cake in a long time. One of the things I love about this dessert is the combination of chocolate cake and yellow cake. They are so perfect together. To get started, you will need some basic ingredients, including flour, sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, eggs, baking powder, and sour cream.

What Does Sour Cream Do in the Cake Mixture?

The other day, my husband asked why I added sour cream to this recipe. The answer is simple: It makes the cake soft and moist. Baking a cake can be quite a challenge. Sometimes, the cake can turn out too dense, dry, or crumbly. Trust me; you don't want your cake to turn out that way. Sour cream is a great addition to help your cake soften and retain its moisture.

All-Purpose Flour vs. Self-Raising Flour

Both types of flour can work just fine for baking, but each has its pros and cons. For this recipe, I decided to go with all-purpose flour because I believe in the process of the leavening agent (baking powder) to do its job. However, you are welcome to use self-raising flour for this recipe. If you do so, however, just remember to omit the baking powder.

Note About Pans: Initially, I had wanted to use a loaf pan, but I decided to go with a bundt cake pan for the pretty pattern it would create. As a result, the cake is a little bit smaller than it should be.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sieved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar using a hand mixer at medium speed until fluffy.
  3. Add the lightly beaten eggs into the mixture and continue mixing for a few minutes.
  4. In a pitcher, combine the sour cream and vanilla extract together. Stir with a spoon and combine to the wet mixture. Beat until it well combined.
  5. In the meantime, in a separate bowl, sieve the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture into the wet mixture while beating on low speed until well combined.
  7. Transfer one-third of the batter to another bowl. Combine the melted chocolate and add the cocoa powder and stir with a whisker until blended.
  8. In the meantime, grease and flour the cake pan. Tap out any excess flour.
  9. Use a spatula to spoon the chocolate batter and yellow batter into the prepared pan. It doesn’t have to be neat. The swirled batter makes the cake extra special. Use a bamboo skewer or tooth-picked to swirl the batter.
  10. Bake the cake for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool cake on a wire rack before transferring to a cake stand.
  12. Enjoy a slice of marble cake with a cup of coffee or tea.

Photo Tutorial

In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar using a hand mixer at medium speed until fluffy.
In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar using a hand mixer at medium speed until fluffy.
Add the lightly beaten eggs into the mixture.
Add the lightly beaten eggs into the mixture.
Combine the sour cream and vanilla extract to the mixture.
Combine the sour cream and vanilla extract to the mixture.
Continue mixing for a few minutes until it well-combined.
Continue mixing for a few minutes until it well-combined.
Gradually add the flour while beating at lower speed.
Gradually add the flour while beating at lower speed.
Take out a third of the batter into a separate bowl.
Take out a third of the batter into a separate bowl.
Combine the melted chocolate into the batter.
Combine the melted chocolate into the batter.
Add the cocoa powder into the chocolate batter.
Add the cocoa powder into the chocolate batter.
Grease and flour the cake pan. Tapping out any excess flour.
Grease and flour the cake pan. Tapping out any excess flour.
Use a spatula to spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Use a spatula to spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Use a tooth-picked to make a swirl on the batter.
Use a tooth-picked to make a swirl on the batter.
Voila! The cake is done. Let it cool before taking it out from the pan.
Voila! The cake is done. Let it cool before taking it out from the pan.
Two slices of marble cake for me!
Two slices of marble cake for me!

Questions & Answers

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      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        4 weeks ago from UT,USA

        Hi Liz, that is correct! :)

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 weeks ago from UK

        This looks great. By 'all purpose flour' do you mean plain flour?

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        4 weeks ago from UT,USA

        You're welcome, Linda. The cake taste was delicious. The sour cream worked very well. Maybe, next time I will use it in another cake mixture :)

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I like the fact that this cake contains melted chocolate chips as well as cocoa. I think that would create a lovely chocolate taste. I like the idea of adding sour cream as well because I don't like cakes that are too dry. Thanks for sharing another interesting recipe, Liza.

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        4 weeks ago from UT,USA

        Thank you, Rachel. I'm happy to hear that you're going to make a marble cake for your son law. I'm sure he will like a delicious marble cake made from you. I wish your family continue living a happy and wonderful time.

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        Rachel Alba 

        4 weeks ago

        Yummy, That's my son in law's favorite cake. I think I'll make it for him. Last year was my daughter and son in law's 25 wedding anniversary. I wanted to make it special and was trying to think of the perfect dessert. She loves cheese cake and he loves marble cakes, so I make a marble cheese cake. Your pictures are inspiring me to make a marble cake. Thanks for sharing.

        Blessing to you.

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