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24th February 2019

Marble Cake

My sisterly neighbour, Caroline Cabral, once shared a piece of cake that she had made. I enjoyed the soft and light texture of the cake and just had to learn to bake it. Caroline obliged and I was shocked with the steps involved. I was in doubt for some time – was dear Caroline giving me the correct recipe. The steps involved were exactly the opposite of what I have ever learnt about baking cakes. But the result restored my faith in Caroline (Sorry for doubting you dear!). And so here follows the recipe for The Marble Cake – bake it and believe.

Prep. Time: 20 Mins.

Baking Time: 40 Mins.


  • Maida (APF) – 175 gms.
  • Cocoa – 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Powdered Sugar – 250 gms.
  • Eggs – 4
  • Salted Butter – 175 gms.
  • Milk Cream – 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Vanilla Essence – ¾ tsp.
  • Baking Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Soda Bi-carbonate – ¼ tsp.

The Powdered Sugar.

Step 1:     Line a baking dish [8-inch diameter x 2 inch deep] with parchment / butter paper and keep aside. Preheat the oven at 180° c.

Step 2:     Take the butter in a bowl at room temperature. Add the maida and mix well with a wire whisk till it forms a dough like mixture.

Step 3:     Add the powdered sugar and mix again for 3 to 4 minutes, till mixed well. Break an egg in a small bowl to check if okay. Add to the mixture and mix for 2 minutes. Do the same for the next 3 eggs.

Step 4:     Next add the milk cream and whisk at a fast pace for 3 to 4 minutes. The more quickly you whisk – the fluffier your cake will be.

Step 5:     Finally add the baking powder and soda and mix well for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 6:     Divide the batter into two portions into two separate bowls. Add vanilla essence to one portion and cocoa to the other portion. Fold each portion gently to mix well.

Step 7:     Now comes the time to pour the batter into the baking dish. Pour spoonfulls of the cake mixture into the dish alternating between the vanilla and cocoa mix.

Step 8:     Bake at 180°c for the first 15 minutes and then lower the heat to 160°c and bake for a further 25 minutes, till done.


  • I had a little batter left, which I used in two muffin cups. You can do the same if you have a smaller baking dish.

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