Marble Cake

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Happy Friday! This is one of my favorite cakes ever! It looks complicated to make, but really it is very easy! I’m giving you all the tips so you can master a nice marble effect. Also, you can watch how I made this cake on my Instagram @Pastry_Tales

For this cake I’m using butter and oil. The butter will make your cake taste amazing and the oil will help the cake to have a nice texture. I really really like how using butter and oil in the same cake recipe can give you such a nice crumb.

Let’s start with the recipe.

Yield 1 regular size bundt cake pan


For the vanilla part

3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

13 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1 and 3/4 cups white granulated sugar

4 large eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup milk, room temperature. You can use any milk you want.

For the chocolate cake batter, you just need:

5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder

3 tablespoons milk. You can use any milk you want.


1.- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease your Bundt cake using butter, please be sure the whole pan is well greased. Flour your pan too, get rid of any excess. Using a pastry brush will help you to spread the butter evenly and in each corner of your pan.

2.- In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3.- In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter for a couple of minutes. Then, add the sugar and mix for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add oil, mix for 1 minute. Add eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla extract, mix.

4.- Add milk and at this point you’ll see your cake batter will look weird, but that’s ok, everything will come together after adding the dry ingredients.

5.- Add dry ingredients and mix in low speed until everything is well combined. Be sure to not overmix because your cake can get dense.

6.- Divide batter in 2 bowls. If you have a scale, use it so you can get even halves.

7.- Add the cocoa powder to one of bowls and mix well. Add the milk. Mix.

8.- Now, the trick for a great marble effect is how you pour the 2 batters into your cake pan. After a couple of attempts, I finally found the best way to do it and it’s using piping bags. Get 2 piping bags and in one pour the chocolate batter and in the other one the vanilla batter.

9.-Make a ring at the base of your Bundt pan with the vanilla batter. On top of it, make a ring with the chocolate batter, continue doing this until you use all of the vanilla and chocolate batters. You will see that the cake batter will start to spread out as you pipe more and more.

10.- Bake for about 40-50 minute or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

11.- Let it cool for 30 minutes and carefully take it out from the pan.

Slice and enjoy! You can serve it with fresh fruit or a big scoop of ice cream.

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