Marble Cake – Reviving a Childhood Classic


When I was a child, this is a cake that my mom and I used to make together, but I hadn`t made it in about 10 years, until last week when I was visiting my parents. I was feeling bored, and when I`m bored, I bake! I had been thinking about marble cake everynow and then, and considering I was at my parent`s place, it would be a fun thing to make; reminiscing about the good old days.

Sidenote: in Norwegian, marble cake is called “marmor kake” (yeah, cake is kake), but what`s funny is that I used to call it “mormor”, which means grandmother on the mother`s side. (mormor = mother-mother). A mistake my mother rarely corrected me on, as she thought it sweet that I called the cake after my grandma:-)

One of the best things about this cake, is the unique pattern that is created. Especially for a little child, it was always so exiciting when it was time to slice the cake into bread-like pieces, and look at the shapes. Like in this one, it kind of reminds me of a cartoon whale.

Anyway, here`s the recipe, and I hope that you all have a great weekend!

1.5 stick of butterย  (175g)

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup milk

3 eggs

1 2/3 cup flour

1 ยฝ tsp. baking powder

3 tsp. vanilla sugar


3 tbsp. cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla sugar

3 tbsp. milk


Preheat the oven to 350ยฐ F.

Prepare a bread pan. Mix butter and sugar well. Add done egg at a time. Add milk and flour with the baking powder and vanilla sugar. Take out half the batter and pour it in the bread pan. Add cocoa, vanilla sugar and milk to the half that`s left in the bowl. Mix well and pour the dark batter over the white batter. Take a fork into the batter and makes swirls so the light and dark batter gets swirled into each other.

Bake in the oven for 45-50 min.
Let cool off, then slice into bread-like pieces and enjoy!

12 thoughts on “Marble Cake – Reviving a Childhood Classic

    • Thanks!:-) I often have memories about certain recipes, and I love sharing it, making the posting of recipes more special:-) It`s super easy to make, and as to flavours, you can add whatever flavours you want really!

  1. I love the way foods have memories and stories attached to them that make them special. I used to make hand cookies (sugar cookies, but instead of using cookie cutters we traced our hands and cut it out) with my grandma, and this post reminded me of that ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a sweet story – and I used to be allowed to help my mom bake German “Marmorkuchen”, too! My mom always worked long hours, so this was a rare domestic moment for me with her ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think I will make one today – for the first time in many years! Thanks.

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