Adam’s Marble Cake

My son came to me one morning saying, “Mom, I love vanilla cakes and I love chocolate cakes. Can we mix them?” I said, “Yes!” So we browsed the internet for recipes—or rather he did that part—and selected one inspired by Buttercake Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Marble Cake. We tweaked it (as always), reducing the sugar by 1 whole cup and taking out the corn syrup and chocolate chips. It was the moistest marble cake I’ve ever had, where both the vanilla layer and the chocolate layer were equally amazing.




PS: The kids swirled it so I didn’t quite get the true marbled effect. Maybe I should rename the Bicolor Cake.


Makes 1 large or 2 small


1 ½ cups sugar, divided
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup hot water
2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
2 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 large eggs
1 cup milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C and grease a large bundt pan or 2 small ones.
  2. In a small saucepan, on medium-high heat, whisk together ½ cup sugar, the cocoa powder and the hot water. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 1 tsp of vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a standmixer, cream the butter with the remaining cup of sugar until light in color and fluffy (1-2 minutes).
  4. Add the eggs one at a time until thoroughly incorporated. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Beat in the remaining vanilla.
  5. Reduce the mixer to low and pour in the baking powder and salt. Add half the flour, then half the milk. Whisk until incorporated. Beat in the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk.
  6. Place one third of the batter in a clean bowl and whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture to create the chocolate batter.
  7. Now ladle ½ the vanilla mixture in your bundt pan. Spoon the entire chocolate mixture over it. Fold the remaining vanilla mixture over that.
  8. With a clean knife, swirl the two batters in a continuous figure 8 motion all around the baking tin.



My little helper and…


... my little tester. I had to put the cake up on the counter.


It did not deter my little tester.


Yep… it was that yummy.


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