Friday 22 November 2013

Marble Butter Cake

Once in a while I would develop cravings for some old fashioned marble cake - the type that I used to eat from the neighbourhood bakeries when I was a little girl.

When my daughter asked me to bake her a butter cake, I went in search of a good marble cake recipe - the moist and crumbly type that melts in your mouth. 

This Rasa Malaysia recipe for Marble Butter Cake did not disappoint at all - it was just exactly like I imagined Marble Butter Cake to be - a light chocolate cake interspersed with plain butter cake with fine moist crumbs. 

It was gone in a day!

Marble Cake Recipe (1 large loaf)Recipe from Rasa Malaysia
  • 174 g butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cups sugar (I used 3/4 cup)
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt, full fat preferred
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 50 g (3.5oz) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp Grand Marnier (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 325 F (165 C).
  • Put chocolate in a dry, clean bowl and melt in microwave oven in 30-second intervals, stirring till you get a smooth paste. Remove and let cool
  • In a stand mixer, or a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar till mixture is fluffy and sugar has been cut in well.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Beat on med-high speed for about 20 seconds after each egg, and scrape down before adding the next one.
  • Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Add dry ingredients in three portions, interspersing with the yogurt and milk and stir gently. So basically, this means 1/3 dry ingredients, yogurt, 1/3 dry ingredients, milk, final third dry ingredient. Stir till all traces of flour is gone.
  • Take out half of the vanilla cake batter and drop it into the baking pan. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder and Grand Marnier (if using) to the remaining batter and stir it.
  • Interspersing globs of vanilla batter with chocolate batter, drop batter into pan.
  • Using your spatula, twirl the batter together using a figure-eight motion to mix the batter up to get that nice pretty marble design. Don’t overmix.
  • Smooth out the top of your pan and put cake in oven to bake. If you’re using loaf pans, start to test the cake after about 40 minutes. If using your bundt, it will need about 1 hour (test after 55 minutes). Cake tester should come out clean when it’s done.


  1. Mich, that's a perfect loaf of marbled cake! The swirls are just beautiful.

  2. Your butter cake make me craving for some! It looks really crumbly. Love the chocolate marbling :)

  3. I wish I could take this a bite! You have made a fab cake Mich!

  4. Butter cake always sound so plain and normal but it is my al time favourite. I remember I eat butter cake, butter cake all the time when I was a litle because this is the only type of cake availabe at my

  5. I like the addition of Grand Marnier - my kind of cake :-)

    1. I agree, it puts the cake on another level! Great idea :)

  6. I think when we get older, we miss our childhood food more. This is a pretty looking butter cake with marble effect. And love the idea of adding yoghurt there. By the way, u have missed out 'butter' after keying 174g.

  7. We love butter cake too, last week I just made some for my family as they kept asking for it! ;)

  8. Love this cake, butter cake are yumm.

  9. My goodness! That looks so moist and delicious! I'm totally craving a loaf of pound cake now!

  10. I love butter cake but haven't baked it for more than a year :P Your cake looks really moist and yummy !

  11. this look wonderful I love this cake!!

  12. It looks fantastic, very moist!
    A childhood cake.... :)

  13. A lovely cake, Mich! I love marbled butter cakes!

  14. that looks so soft and with all those crumbs, looks so good....

  15. Mich, this cake brings back childhood memories!

  16. I would love to devour this beautiful cake, the marbling makes me grin :D


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  17. I haven't had Marble Cake in so long, Mich, I can't even remember the last time. That touch of Grand Marnier is just perfect. Oh how I wish I could have a piece. I'm sure it has been devoured by now, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing, Mich...

  18. Marble butter cake is my family's favourite.
    Will try out this recipe.

  19. bake along is actually doing a marbled butter cake in the next coming months. This one looks beautiful!

  20. I love unadorned cakes too and the more buttery the better, only disadvantage is they are pretty high in calories! A lovely cake indeed!

  21. Hi Mich, my late FIL's favourite cake. I remembered we went searching for this cake on CNY eve and end up with a mini marble cake cos' all sold out. It's one of my favourite cakes, too.

  22. I like butter cakes, looks so yummy. Thanks for hosting this food guide.

  23. Ok I'm at maximum hungry level right now after reading your posts one after another (sorry I've been MIA). Major hunger! Your marble pattern is so beautiful and the cake is very moist! YUM!

  24. Do you think I can use this recipe for a bowl cake? I am making a Shower cake, that needs to be round shaped for a theme designe and this recipe sounds delicious.

  25. Hi,why isn't this recipe the same as from the Rasa Malaysia link above?

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