Chocolate Marvel Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Marvel Cake Recipe

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"This tall chocolaty cake with its fluffy mocha frosting is deliciously moist," assures Pearl Watts from Cincinnati, Ohio. "It's a treat I'm proud to prepare for family and guests alike."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) prune baby food
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 306 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 3 containers baby food, coffee, milk, egg whites and vanilla; beat until well blended. (Save remaining container of baby food for another use.) Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to coffee mixture. Beat for 2 minutes or until well blended (batter will be thin).
  2. Pour into two 9-in. round baking pans that have been coated with cooking spray and lightly floured. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until cake pulls away from sides of pan. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, cream the butter, sugar and cocoa. Gradually add the milk, coffee and vanilla; beating well. Frost between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Marvel Cake in Taste of Home June/July 1998, p17

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 226269
Reviewed May. 13, 2015

"INCREDIBLE! Extremely moist and delicious. I made a homemade strawberry frosting to ice cake and it was like a chocolate covered strawberry! Everyone enjoyed it! I have even swapped out the flour for a gluten free rice blend with excellent results."

Zafira Fauxhall User ID: 4054064 22531
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"My son always requests a chocolate cake for his birthday. This year I whipped up this yummy cake. WOW! Will definately make this again!"

Trinodino User ID: 1345028 81875
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2009

"This is better than regular chocolate cake! I love it and so does everyohe else who tries it! It is incredibly moist and delicious!"

cheflene42 User ID: 3534862 22528
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2009

"its 2 4 0z gars of baby food prunes"

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 202700
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2008

"I would like to make this cake today. I am not sure about the amounts of baby food. The ingredient list states 2 5oz packages, but the directions say 3 containers. Which is right?"

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