This mouthwatering marble pound cake perfectly balances chocolate and vanilla, making it a crowd-pleaser. All you need are eight simple ingredients that can be found in your pantry, so you don't have to worry about going out shopping. Plus, this cake is parve, which makes it perfect for Shabbat or other special occasions! So get ready to indulge in this tasty treat.
What is marble cake?
Marble cake is named after the marbling effect it has when baking. The two colors are swirled together to create a pattern that looks like marble stone. As the cake bakes, the chocolate and vanilla mix together, creating a unique design with each bite.
The traditional marble pound cake is made with either cocoa powder or melted chocolate for the chocolate layer, giving it a more intense and rich flavor.
This marble pound cake is perfect for Shabbat since it is parve (contains no dairy or meat). The combination of vanilla and chocolate makes this a great dessert for all occasions.
Let's get baking!
Tips for making marble pound cake
When it comes to making a delicious marble cake, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you bake the perfect cake.
Here are my best tips:
Use room temperature ingredients
Cold ingredients will make the batter harder to mix and can affect the end result of your marble cake.
Mix the ingredients carefully
Over-mixing your batter can lead to a tough, dense, or flat cake. You want to incorporate all of the ingredients until just combined.
Prepare your pan
Be sure to grease and flour your pan before pouring in the batter. This helps the cake avoid sticking to the pan and slide out easier.
Swirl, don't mix
When combining your vanilla and chocolate batter, use a spoon or spatula to swirl the two together. Don't mix them too much. Otherwise, you'll end up with a solid color rather than the marbled effect.
Here are some questions people often ask about how to make the best marble cake recipe.
Can I make this marble cake recipe vegan?
Yes, you can. Substitute the two eggs in the recipe with ½ cup of applesauce. I like to use homemade applesauce because I want to know how much sugar I add.
How do you get the marble effect on the cake?
Once you mix your cake batter and pour it into the prepared pan, use a toothpick to swirl together the chocolate and vanilla mixtures.
What type of cake pan should I use?
You can use a standard bread loaf pan or a bundt cake pan for this marble cake recipe.
How many cakes does this recipe make?
This recipe yields just one loaf cake; however, if you need to serve more people and require a larger dessert, double the ingredients!
Can I make this marble cake ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this marble pound cake up to 2 days in advance. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place.
Is this pound cake recipe freezable?
Yes, this marble cake recipe can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a resealable bag before freezing.
Make this easy marbled pound cake recipe today!
Making a marble cake from scratch is so easy! With just eight simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can have a delicious dessert ready in less than an hour. It makes a great Shabbat dessert or weekend treat.
So try it out and enjoy the moist and fluffy marble pound cake with its perfectly balanced combinations of vanilla and chocolate!
More dessert recipes:
Want to try a few more desserts at home? Check out some of these delicious recipes:
- Parve Chocolate Babka
- Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
- Chocolate Crumble Bars
- Parve Rugelach
- Pretzel Chocolate Cake
Marble Cake Recipe (Parve Dessert)
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/paste
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Preheat your oven to 160°C/ 325°F on fan mode.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
- Divide the batter evenly into two separate bowls.
- Stir in cocoa powder into one of the bowls until fully incorporated throughout, keeping the other batch plain vanilla.
- Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray before adding batters randomly to create an appealing marble effect when baked together as one cake!
- Bake between 45-50 minutes at the desired temperature. Check it for doneness by using a toothpick stuck inside that comes out clean upon removal from the oven.
- Allow it to cool down completely at room temperature before slicing up and indulging!