The Perfect Marble Cake

There are some things in life that you just take for granted. Everyone grows older year after year, not younger. Of course the sun sets West. Obviously you’re going to be late whenever you really should not be.

Then there are things that you don’t ever really think about. Marble cake was definitely one of those things for me for the longest time. That is until a friend of mine made this incredibly tasty marble cake with cream cheese frosting for a summery rooftop party in Helsinki and my life changed in an instant. Since then marble cake has been an obvious thing for me. Especially if it comes with frosting.

I know it’s easy to think of marble cake as just another thing that was really popular in the ’80s and sorta kinda still exists, but not really, at least not in the real world. It’s easy to think that, but it’s also wrong. That’s because this marble cake is no relic from a bygone era. This is a marble cake for a new generation. Wth frosting!


225g (2 sticks) of butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

vanilla to taste

½ cup milk

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

50g (2 ounces) dark chocolate, grated

cream cheese frosting:

400g (14 ounces) cream cheese (substitute half with a lighter quark if preferred)

½ cup powdered sugar

plus: strawberries, grated lime peel

How to:

Start by creaming the butter and sugar. Add eggs one by one and mix thoroughly. Mix dry ingredients (except cocoa powder) together and add to batter taking turns with the milk, starting and ending with dry ingredients.

Separate one third of the batter and add cocoa powder and the grated chocolate. Pour the separate batters into a buttered cake tin in small amounts, one on top of the other. This will give the cake a beautiful marble effect.

Bake in 180°C / 350°F for about 45 to 50 minutes, until a pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Prepare the frosting by mixing the cream cheese with the powdered sugar. A light and tart quark can also be used to substitute some of the cream chees. This will result in a slightly less creamy but still very delicious frosting. Pour the frosting on a completely cooled cake. Decorate with chopped strawberries and lime peel.


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