Juicy marble cake with a difference – alternatives to the classic

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The marble cake is undoubtedly one of the most popular cakes. It’s delicious and quick and easy to make. We have selected different variations of the classic marble cake for you, which reproduce the typical taste and the marbled look of the dessert, additionally spice it up and turn it into a real eye-catcher. A juicy marble cake with eggnog or without egg and milk? Let yourself be inspired by our suggestions.

Moist marble cake – basic recipe

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We have prepared a simple and delicious recipe for a fluffy marble cake that you are sure to succeed. You will need the following ingredients for the batter:

  • 200 g soft butter
  • 200 g of sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 grams of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 150 ml milk
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 30 g powdered sugar for sprinkling or 200 g cake icing of your choice

Juicy marble cake – light and with few ingredients

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Mix the butter, sugar and salt until frothy. Add the eggs one after the other and stir in. Mix the flour and baking powder and add alternately with 100 ml of milk. Fill 2/3 of the dough into the shape you want. Then stir cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sugar and 50 ml milk into the remaining batter. Spread the dark dough on the light one and marble the cake. The baking time is about 50 minutes at 180 ° C top / bottom heat (convection 160 ° C).

How do you get the typical pattern

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So that the typical pattern in your marble cake is nice and large, but not too even, place the dark dough on the light one and then pull a wooden skewer spirally through the dough once or twice. The skewer should touch the bottom of the baking pan. If you want the marbling a little more evenly, you can use an ice cream scoop or spoon to put the dough side by side and on top of each other in the mold.

Zebra marbling – light and beautiful

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If you want to have a pretty zebra pattern, put a spoonful of the light dough in the mold and the dark mass on top. The sequence is repeated until the whole mass is used up.

 The baking pan is a matter of decision


You can bake your marble cake in any shape you like, whether wreath shape, ring cake, box cake or simply on the sheet, marble cake is delicious, always looks great and the shape can vary. Depending on the occasion, you can try different serving options, such as small marble cakes served in a glass or cute marble cake muffins.

Marble cake muffins – fine and varied


The muffins are ideal if you have several guests to entertain. Decorate the little sweets as you like and ensure variety and amazement. Garnish your mini tartlets with creamy cream, with a light mascarpone cream cheese frosting, buttercream, meringue, fruit and caramel sauce or nuts, why not coated with fondant? There are definitely no limits to the bonnets.

Juicy marble cake served as a small format in a glass


Are you looking for attractive and unusual serving suggestions for your marble cake? The homemade pastry delicacy served in a glass is guaranteed to be well received. To bake the small cake you need thick-walled, heat-resistant jar or screw-top jars with a wide opening so that the finished mini cake can be turned over without any problems. Before you pour in the dough, please grease the glasses well and then sprinkle with flour or ground nuts. Marble cakes in a glass are not only suitable as a sweet little thing on the coffee table, but also for a picnic, as a small giveaway or gift.

Realize your own creations according to your preferences

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If you want to give this delicious cake a personal touch and spice it up in terms of taste, you are welcome to create your own unbeatable combinations. If you like the pastries to be fruity, a juicy marble cake with strawberries, raspberries or cherries is a great option.

Juicy marble cake with your favorite fruit inside or on top


You can simply lift the pieces of fruit under the dough or use them as a topping for a cake and so easily conjure up a fruity, fluffy dessert. If you don’t like cocoa very much, but still want the cake to be chocolatey, then replace the cocoa powder with two tablespoons of Nutella.

 Garnish the cake with nuts or caramel


The cake looks particularly classy with caramel pieces on top. Caramelize sugar in a pan and use a fork to pull caramel threads onto greased aluminum foil. Let this harden and decorate the fragrant marble cake.

Turn juicy marble cake into a dreamy cake


Are you looking for a sophisticated cake recipe? Whether for sociable family celebrations or simply for a coffee chat with friends, you can turn a delicious marble cake into a simple cake. Bake the marbled cake bases in a springform pan and carefully cut two layers of cake evenly thick.

Light marble cake tart filled with butter cream


Refine the marbled cake according to your taste and mood, for example with lots of cream, buttercream and other selected ingredients and pamper your guests.

Marble cake filled with cream and fruit

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The sponge cake is also wonderful when filled and is quick and easy to prepare. Cream and apricot filling is a delicious and tempting combination. You are welcome to cover your cake with fruit jelly and garnish with pistachios.

Colorful marble cake – spice up the black and white classic with color

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Tri-colored Neapolitan marble cake is a real eye-catcher from the inside and can be easily prepared with food coloring and the appropriate flavor. You are welcome to add fruit jam and pieces of fruit to the colored dough and achieve a more intense fruit flavor.

The sweet temptation to refine alcohol


For a special full-bodied aroma, you can add a shot of rum or Baileys to the basic recipe or prepare the classic with eggnog. Replace the specified amount of butter with vegetable oil and add 250 ml of egg liqueur to the dough. Simply fold in an additional 2-3 tablespoons of flour, as the addition of the egg liqueur will liquefy the dough a little.

Vegan marble cake


Do you do without animal products? A juicy and deliciously fragrant marble cake is easy to prepare even without butter, milk and egg. For this you need the following ingredients:

  • 400 g of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 60 g cornstarch
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
  • 90 ml rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 80 ml lemon juice
  • 280 ml of sparkling mineral water
  • 4 tbsp cocoa for the dark dough

Bake at 175 ° C for 40-45 minutes and then of course enjoy without hesitation.

Juicy marble cake – a reduced-calorie alternative


If you want to do something for the slim line or want to try the low-calorie variant of the marble cake, you can, for example, replace the wheat flour with low-carbohydrate almond flour and thus achieve a nutty taste.

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Since almond flour is very dry, it is advisable to add 3-5 tablespoons more milk to the dough. Coconut or soy flour are suitable as additional flour. You can avoid sugar with substitutes such as birch sugar, erythritol or xylitol.