When we have chocolate and vanilla batter in a baking pan and swirl them up together, we will get those lovely marble-like designs on a cake. Tantalizing enough, this marble cake which I am going to introduce to you is really easy to bake. It is called the Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake. I have to give credit to thekitchn for this baking recipe.


Serving size: 6 to 8 persons
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes


1. ½ cup of unsalted butter
2. 1 cup of brown sugar
3. 1¾ cups of all purpose flour
4. 1½ teaspoons of baking powder
5. ½ teaspoon of salt
6. 3 eggs (unbeaten)
7. 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
8. 2/3 cup of buttermilk
9. 1/3 cup of cocoa powder and sweeten chocolate power (I am using the CBTL chocolate power.)


1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
2. Use butter to grease the loaf pan. You can also sprinkle some flour into the loaf pan.
3. Add the butter and brown sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix them well using a hand mixer for 5 minutes until it becomes light yellowish in colour. Set it aside.
4. Add the 1 cup of flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Mix them gently.
5. Add the vanilla extract into the flour batter and mix it well.
6. Add 1 egg into the flour batter and beat it gently. Repeat this step for the other 2 eggs.
7. Add 1/3 of flour into the batter and mix evenly. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk into the batter and continue mixing. Repeat this process alternatively.
8. Split the batter into 2 separate bowls, one for vanilla and one for chocolate.
9. To make the chocolate batter, mix the cocoa and chocolate powder together with hot water until smooth. Add this into one of the batter and stir until the batter turns chocolate in colour.
10. Spoon the 2 batter into the prepared pan and create an alternate checkered pattern.


Alternate checkered pattern in my aluminum loaf pan.20130722-202447.jpg


11. For the swirling outlook, use the handle of a spoon, swirl the batter to create the effect.

My completed swirl of the batter. Do it slowly.20130722-202609.jpg

With the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sweetened chocolate powder.20130722-202645.jpg


12. Place the batter in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Use a toothpick to test if the cake is fully baked. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before serve.


The top of the marble cake.20130722-202718.jpg

I love those swirls!20130722-202732.jpg


I love the buttery aroma from my hot oven when the marble cake was 60% done. For my first bite, the exterior texture of the marble cake was crispy and the cake was fluffy. The vanilla taste stronger than the chocolate.

When I left the marble cake in the fridge for 1 night, the marble cake turned out to be chewy. I love this chewy mouthfeel because it reminds me of Sara Lee’s pound cakes, which are sold in most supermarkets in Singapore. The chocolate taste becomes much more superior than the vanilla taste.

Why not give it a try and let me know what do you think?


Looking for another marble swirl recipe? Do check out my German Chocolate Marble Cookies.


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