Marble Cake Recipe – Free Easy Marble Butter Cake Recipe

This marble cake recipe yields a very rich butter cake. The name marble cake came about because of the chocolate batter that is swirled in plain vanilla batter, creating a chocolate-vanilla marble effect. This recipe is very simple to follow, and yields a deliciously rich butter cake.

Ingredients for marble cake recipe:

340g butter

340g castor sugar

340g self raising flour

A pinch of salt

6 eggs

1 1/8 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tbsp  cocoa powder

10 1/2 tbsp milk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredients and cake tin sizes for marble cake recipe:

Round tin sizes (2 tins) 7 inches 9 inches 11 inches 13 inches
Square tin sizes (2 tins) 6 inches 8 inches 10 inches 12 inches
Butter 340g 560g790g 1120g
Castor sugar 340g 560g790g 1120g
Self raising flour 340g 560g 790g 1120g
Salt a pinch a pinch a pinch a pinch
Baking powder 1 1/8 tsp 1 7/8 tsp 2 5/8 tsp 3 3/4 tsp
Eggs 6 10 14 20
Cocoa powder 1 1/2 tbsp 5 tbsp 7 tbsp 10 tbsp
Milk 10 1/2 tbsp 17 1/2 tbsp 24 1/2 tbsp 35 tbsp
Vanilla essence 1 1/2 tsp 2 1/2 tsp 3 1/2 tsp 5 tsp


Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.

Mix cocoa powder with half of the milk and leave aside.

Add cocoa powder to milk and mix well

In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar till soft and creamy. 

Add butter and sugar into a bowl
Cream until light and fluffy

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add eggs, one at a time
Beat well after each addition

In another separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt 3 times. Fold in the sifted ingredients into the creamed mixture alternately with milk, starting and ending with flour.

Fold in flour
Alternate with milk

Finally add in vanilla essence and combine well. 

Add vanilla essence

Transfer 1/3 of the batter into a separate bowl and add the milk-cocoa mixture to it. Mix well.

Add the cocoa mixture into batter
Combine well

Scoop the plain batter and chocolate batter alternately into 2 equal sized, well greased and floured cake tins. 

Here is my prepared cake tin:

Grease and flour your cake tin

And here is how to alternate the cake batter in your cake tin:

Start with plain batter
Alternate with chocolate batter
Continue with plain batter
Finish off with chocolate batter

Run a jam knife or spatula through the batter to get a marbled effect. You can either run the knife in a circular motion or run the knife through the batter in crisscross pattern. 

I started off with 3 cuts vertically.

Cut through the batter horizontally
This is how it looks after the first round of cutting through the batter

Followed by 3 lines of horizontal lines.

Another round of cutting through the batter, this time horizontally

Finally, 3 more lines diagonally.

Finally, cut through diagonally

Here's how the marbled batter will look like:

"Marbled" cake batter

Level the top. I normally push the batter towards the sides of the cake pan so that the cake becomes level after baking. 

Level the top

Bake the cakes for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cakes come out clean.

Bake until done
Baked marble cake

Remove cakes from oven and let them cool completely before decorating.

This marble cake recipe yields enough batter for two 7 inch round cake tins or two 6 inch square cake tins (each approximately 1.5 to 1.75 inches tall). See below for other cake tin sizes.

Here is the calculated marble cake recipe for different tin sizes (each recipe yields enough batter for 2 tins):

9 inch round/8 inch square

  • 560g butter
  • 560g castor sugar
  • 560g self raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 7/8 tsp baking powder
  • 5 tbsp  cocoa powder
  • 17 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

11 inch round/ 10 inch square

  • 790g butter
  • 790g castor sugar
  • 790g self raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 14 eggs
  • 2 5/8 tsp baking powder
  • 7 tbsp  cocoa powder
  • 24 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 3 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

13 inch round/12 inch square

  • 1120g butter
  • 1120g castor sugar
  • 1120g self raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 20 eggs
  • 3 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 10 tbsp  cocoa powder
  • 35 tbsp milk
  • 5 tsp vanilla essence

Note: Baking time for larger cakes may be slightly longer than smaller ones.

Cool completely on a wire rack

Orange Chocolate Marble Cake Variation

If you wish to make an orange chocolate marble cake,  reduce vanilla essence to 1/3 of the measurement given above and add it the chocolate batter. Add finely grated orange rind (amount of orange rind is up to you, but you may refer to my orange cake recipe for a guide) to the rest of the plain batter. Alternate the batter into 2 equal sized cake pans and bake as directed above. 

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