Sunday 30 March 2014

Marble Butter Cake

There are days when the going gets tough (with housework and kids!) that I simply must have a slice of cake! A good piece of cake is such comfort food. This marble cake which I found on The Little Teochew's website was one of those - one bite made everything better. 

This marble cake is quite unlike those crumbly and airy butter cake - the texture of this cake is extremely fine, moist and tender. Instead of the usual whole eggs method (where the whole egg is added to the creamed butter), this cake uses the egg separation method. Egg whites are beaten separately then gently folded into the butter mixture. 

There is no doubt that this method gives the cake an extraordinarily fine and moist texture. This is definitely the marble cake recipe for me from now. 

Marble Butter Cake (8 inch)
Recipe from The Little Teochew

  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • 9 ozs (255g) castor sugar (Reduced to 220g)
  • 12 ozs (340g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 9 ozs (255g) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsps good quality cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven at 160°C (convection fan on) with a wire rack in the middle. Line an 8-inch round cake tin with parchment, butter and flour. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2. Cream butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment till light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar till light. Gradually add this into the butter and beat on medium speed till just incorporated. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites till stiff peaks form. With a spatula, fold in the meringue into the egg yolk mixture in 3-4 batches*. Add in the dry ingredients gradually until just incorporated.

* The first time I added the egg whites, it was impossible to fold. What I did was just mix it up with the thick yolk batter and "loosen up" the batter. The subsequent batches were much easier. I folded the whites in 3 batches.

3. Scoop out 1/4* of the batter in a separate bowl. Sieve cocoa powder over it and fold to mix well. Pour batters into tin, alternating between the two mixtures. Start with the yellow batter and end with the cocoa mixture. Rap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles. With a long skewer, swirl (sparingly) around the batter to create the marble effect. Bake for 40-55 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

* This is somewhat arbitrary. A little more won't hurt, especially if you want a bit more chocolate in your cake! :)

4. Cool on wire rack completely before serving. Cake keeps at room temperature up to 3 days and can be frozen up to 3 months.

This is for Bake Along hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Lena of Frozen Wings and Joyce of Kitchen Flavours


  1. I totally agree....after a hard day of house chores, we should take a break and have a cup of our favourite hot drink and nonetheless a piece of cake to go with it. Butter cake or marble cake Im sure almost everyone love this comfort cake.

  2. Hi Mich,
    Yes, nothing beats a delicious slice of homemade cakes and a cup of hot tea! Your cake looks moist with soft crumbs!
    I've linked up for you at Bake-Along! :)

  3. A beautifully marbled butter cake, Mich. The cake has such a light and smooth crumb that I can't believe it's packed with amount of butter. Well done!
    Happy Sunday!

  4. Looks beautiful like a zebra love those chocolate and vanilla swirls. Perfect with a cup of tea. I hope you are doing well. Take care, BAM

  5. Marbled Butter Cake is an 'evergreen' cake, unbeatable and well known. Each has it's own unique quality. I have a long list of it which I must try including yours...

  6. Mich, I love this type of butter cake. Definitely agree that a bite or two does make a world of difference!

  7. Hi Mich your cake used the same method as the recipe that I used but the amount of butter is more. I can imagine how good the taste is.

  8. Much, your marble cake looks so soft n yummy

  9. This marble butter cake was my grandma's signature cake....
    lovin it all the way!!!

  10. Ooo this marble cake uses double amount of eggs compared to mine, it must taste a lot richer!

  11. Looks like a zebra. Beautiful! Reminds me of my mum's cake. But I think yours used more eggs! I need to dig out my mum's recipe.

  12. Great zebra cake! And so interesting with two different tastes. A lovely cake to go with tea or coffee. I have never made this. This is a great recipe Mich!

  13. I love marble cake and this look amazing Mich!

  14. Hi Mich,

    This recipe originates from Life is great and it is excatly the one that I baked... Yours look fantastic. I can see the beauty of this recipe too :D


  15. I love your marble cake. It looks like a moist and has a great texture to it.

  16. This cake is gorgeous! I have never made a marble cake before, but I sure want to

  17. Beautiful looking butter cake :D
    I love the design! Best of both worlds :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  18. I know, sometimes when I'm so stressed with my busy routine life, I will think of naughty food like this butter cake, haha. I'm also tight with busy life lately, that's why haven't been updated my blog for sometimes. I will certainly try this butter cake in the future. I like egg-separation method, it always result in a fine-texture cake. Thanks for sharing.

  19. It's a wonderful cake Mich!
    We call it here - a comforting cake :)
    I could always use a big slice

  20. Nice marbeling Mich. I must try to bake this cake. It looks so inviting and just perfect with a cup of tea! Thanks for sharing, Mich...

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  22. Mich , I really need a slice or 3 of this ! I can't remember the last time I had butter cake *sigh*

  23. hi, i just saw alice making her butter cake recipe from little teochew too but it's a different recipe. I am convinced, your marble cake looks great, i just want to bake all those butter cakes recipes that you gals submitted..LOL! thanks so much for linking to bake along. CHeers!

  24. This is so pretty, you've made me hungry!

  25. Your marble butter cake looks stunning! Love the marble pattern you created - so beautiful. I wish I have several slices and have it with tea!

  26. I love your marble butter cake, looks wonderful!

  27. Hi Mich, love your marble cake. The texture look so soft and fluffy. Well done, the marble effect look beautiful.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  28. Mich, this cake looks delicious, delicate crumb and beautiful marble...I sure will try this recipe...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  29. I also like butter cake with egg separation method, light and buttery!

  30. Looks like will be a delicious. Cook book offering clear and simple recipes with easily obtained ingredients as an antidote to some of what's out there.

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  32. Hai..really miss the little teochew recipe. I lost my recipe from her. Thank you for your share