Classic Marble Cake



Getting back to blogging seems to have been far more easier than getting back on track. Even though I have been home for the past few days, the mojo for cooking has been totally missing. We have been just eating this and that and pushing through days. Of course, HD looked a bit irritated though he didn’t show his feeling profusely. So whatever he showed, I chose to ignore. πŸ˜‰


When you come back from vacation, everything seems different. The eye cooling greens and the cozy breeze has given way to the browns and heat. Naturally, that sags your mood. For me, UAE is always like home since I have spend my whole life over here. Still, the feeling after vacation is always different. I always dread going back home and settling down, since every single thing will be a learning curve for me. Life here makes you a lot pampered in so many ways, that going back will make you feel like an open book for everyone to peep! Add to it the attitude differences and things go to a different level. Anyway, now I am back to the ground. I have rejoined work today and hope to get back to working out and being better planned over the course of this week. Leaving everything to its way… πŸ™‚




I was terribly missing baking yesterday, but as it turned out, I had no flour in my pantry and somehow I wanted to use all purpose flour to bake. It was then suddenly I was reminded of this delicious bake that I had shot earlier this year. I have made marble cake many times. Why not? It is always the easiest bake to select since it is always well accepted. This is one recipe that can be made in so many ways, like this Zebra cake, which was a rage once upon a time, then Mary Berry’s way of making it or with a tinge of yogurt sourness. It is also a cake that can go a little creative too, like this mango infused eggless version or one with cardamom and coffee (my absolute favorite!).


Today, I am sharing the classic way of baking a marble cake. All cakes start with the fluffing of butter with sugar, then adding eggs, then the dry ingredients and milk. This recipe follows the same pattern. I have added some corn flour to add a little more fluffiness to the final product and have used buttermilk instead of milk. Buttermilk always gives a much softer texture due to its acidity profile. The end result you get is a melt-in-mouth Marble Cake that you can’t stop with one slice. It is really addictive, so make sure you share it! πŸ™‚ Off to this simple recipe…





5 from 8 votes

Classic Marble Cake

Course Cake
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 150 gm butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour a large loaf pan.
  • Cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract till fluffy, around 8-10 minutes. Add one egg at a time and beat at each addition.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add half the mixture and half the buttermilk and beat to combine.
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk and beat till just combined.
  • Take out a little less than half of the mixture into another bowl. Fold in the cocoa powder well.
  • Into the prepared pan, alternate the batter to form a marble look. Bake for around 40 minutes or till a skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for five minutes, and then flip onto a rack to cool completely. Slice and serve.

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  1. Marbled cake is one of our favourites. Yours looks so beautiful and divine with perfect swirls.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. Looks perfect, yummy cake

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Suja…

  3. Saw this on your IG and loved this so much. The crumb is so beautiful and so is the marbled effect πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Taruna…

  4. 5 stars
    Your marble cake looks fluffy and picture perfect! It brings back happy memories of childhood for me too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe true… Thank you so much Sandhya…

  5. 5 stars
    This cake looks perfectly baked and the recipe also sounds very easy. Will try it this Christmas.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vandana…

  6. 5 stars
    Marble cake looks pretty and I am sure it must’ve tasted delicious. True even I find baking very therapeutic. Hands itch when I don’t bake for many days.
    It truly is a classic bake.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lata…

  7. 5 stars
    Marble cakes are the best, they have both flavours in every bite! Looks so delicious and perfectly baked! Love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayasri…

  8. The cake looks really soft and delicious, Rafeeda and those marble chocolate swirls are to drool for…yummmyyy..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anshu…

  9. Perfectly baked scrumptious cake…two flavours in a single bite is Yumm!! I just want to grab a slice…Lovely!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Padma…

  10. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful marble cake love the contrasting yellow and brown color. Making cakes the classic way makes them so much fluffier, softer and melt in the mouth as opposed to the method of mixing the dry and wet ingredients. Your beautiful clicks remind me that I haven’t baked a cake in a long time.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  11. Classic marble cake is a childhood favourite and this vanilla chocolate flavour is delicious…I used to love the strawberry chocolate flavour from Monginis… lovely share

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The strawberry chocolate sounds interesting! Must try for sure… Thank you so much Amrita…

  12. This is fantastic looking cake, fluffy and moist. Classic marble cake, I am yet to bake this beauty in my kitchen. Gorgeoue and droolworthy clicks.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jagruti…

  13. 5 stars
    Cake looks so soft, moist and fluffy. Love the texture of this cake. Looks so delicious and tempting.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Narmadha…

  14. 5 stars
    I sometimes think we are ajeeb people, we long to go home, after 2 weeks there, start thinking about how is home here, then after we come back again start missing all that stuff we dont get here!!! Blessed i would say!!!
    Coming to the bake, looks delish, talk about missing baking, i havent baked fro a long time now!!! somehow feel if i bake, i will definitely eat and will not stop with one!!!! Always in awe of that pattern the zebra cake creates, lovely bake rafee!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha this time I wasn’t even bothered about the house here since I had threatened HD and he arranged to get the house kind of clean before I came back. πŸ˜€ But when I am back after every vacation, I am totally sulky for at least a couple of weeks… Thank you so much Priya…

  15. Love this classic marble cake. The clicks are making more droolworthy particularly here dear πŸ™‚ So moist and perfect swirl also comes out here in this baked dish πŸ™‚

  16. 5 stars
    I love classic marble cake and yours look sperfect. The cake texture and crumble are awesome.

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