Marble Cake

Baking a cake sounds like a huge task, but believe me; it can be both, fun and easy. This is a super easy marble cake recipe with a cocoa twist and is perfect to serve at tea time. You just have to follow the same recipe for a basic sponge cake and split the mixture into two halves and add cocoa powder in one half. When you swirl it together in your cake tin and bake it, you will get the marble effect.

You can enjoy it as a tea time treat or serve it with custard as a dessert.


  • 1 Cup Cooking Oil (I use Sunflower Oil)
  • 1 Cup Plain Flour (also called all purpose flour/maida)
  • 1 Cup Sugar (I used Brown Sugar)
  • 3 Eggs (If the batter is thick, you can add another egg or some milk)
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Vanilla Essence as Flavouring (Optional)
  • Icing Sugar for dusting on the cake (Optional)
  • Cocoa Powder- 4 tsp

 Secret Ingredients:
*Salt- Just a Pinch- When you’re baking anything sweet, adding a pinch of salt will balance the sweetness and also bring out other flavours. As we only add a pinch, you won’t taste it.
*Milk- 1 to 2 tbsp- to adjust for fewer eggs in case you get less liquid from the eggs. It acts as a substitute to prevent a “dry” cake.
*1 tsp Milk or Oil- For basting


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  • Take a mixing bowl and add the flour, sugar, oil and break the eggs in it.
  • Using an electric hand mixer, mix everything together until well combined.
  • Add baking powder to the mixture and mix again till the mixture is of soft ‘dropping’ consistency and you will see bubbles in the cake mixture which means that the cake mixture is aerated.
  • [ I generally mix everything together for convenience (and it works fine) but for even better results sift the flour as it will help break up any lumps in the flour and aerate it.
  • Grease the cake tin with a little oil. [Grease it even if you are using a non-stick cake tin]Split the mixture in two halves and add cocoa powder to one half. Using an electric hand mixer, mix it together until well combined.
  • Put the 2 mixtures into the cake tin and swirl them together. [Fill the cake tin to half the height of the tin and also, don’t worry about overflow.]
  • Place the cake tin on the middle shelf of the oven. [Majority of cakes are baked in a regular oven at 180c for 30-40 minutes]. [To check if the cake for doneness, take a toothpick and insert it into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, or with only a few moist crumbs, the cake is done. If it comes out wet, add more baking time.]
  • Using a basting brush, baste the cake mixture [This will give a shine to the cake top]
  • Take out the cake tin and allow it to cool completely. Sprinkle some icing sugar
  • Marble cake is ready to serve and enjoy.(Please Note: tsp= teaspoon, tbsp= tablespoon)
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