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Friday Cake: Marble Cake

This week’s Friday cake is a classic from my childhood that my grandmother used to make. It is a chocolate/vanilla Marble Cake or as it is called in Danish “Marmorkage” because of the marbled pattern inside. Even though it is not an Easter cake it somehow reminds me of Easter. Maybe because it has a nice golden glow – or rather, it was supposed to be golden but as you can see on the photo my cake did not turn out so perfectly and got a little burnt. Browse the internet and you will see some nice Marble Cake pictures for sure! Burnt or not, it tastes delicious. Especially because this version has chopped dark chocolate in it. Taste it warm out of the oven and you will love it too!

It is an adapted version of a recipe in the Danish magazine Hendes Verden. See “Hendes Verden” Marmorkage Recipe which is a version with orange added to it and I have seen another version with coffee mixed in with the chocolate. So this is only the beginning – I cannot wait to experiment with fun versions of this pretty cake!

As they say – you learn from your mistakes… and I learned that this cake should not be baked in a ceramic form but in a metal form. It bakes slower in a ceramic pan so I had to add at least half an hour of extra baking time which is how the edges got burnt ;-(


How not to bake your Marble Cake! Mine got a little burnt because I used a ceramic form, I think a metal bread pan will work better.


Marble Cake/Marmorkage Recipe:


200 gram/ 7 oz butter

200 gram/7 oz sugar

3 eggs, separated into egg whites and egg yolks

250 gram/9 oz gram all-purpose flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

1 deciliter/ ca. 1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp cocoa powder

100 gram/3.5 oz chopped dark chocolate


How you do it:

Butter a metal bread pan. Turn the oven on to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chop the butter into cubes, add the sugar and beat it together in the mixer till it is creamy. Add the egg yolks to the mixture and beat.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder well together. Then you slowly blend it into the butter mixture. Then add the milk a little at a time.

In a medium sized bowl beat the egg whites together so they are stiff and then mix it in with the first mixture.

Here comes the fun part! You take out a third of the dough and make it brown by adding the chocolate and cocoa. Now you are ready to make that pretty marble pattern by first making a layer of half the white dough on the bottom of the bread pan, then making a layer with all the brown dough on top of this and finally topping with the last half of the white dough. Next you take a spatula and carefully stick it into the cake dough and stir around in the dough to create the marble effect. But only stir a little bit!

Bake it for 30-40 minutes – or much longer if you use a ceramic pan… Anyway, make sure your cake tester comes out clean before you take it out if the oven. And keep an eye on the cake not getting burned… If it starts getting dark, cover with silver foil and turn the heat down a little. I hope you like it.

Happy Easter to you!






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