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Marvelous Marble Cake Recipe
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Marvelous Marble Cake Recipe

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Pound cake and chocolate make the best marble cake. — Ellen Riley, Birmingham, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1-1/4 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 6-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 683 calories, 33 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 138 mg cholesterol, 330 mg sodium, 97 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Line bottoms of three greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  3. In a large bowl, cream remaining butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  4. Remove 2 cups batter to a small bowl; stir in cooled chocolate mixture and, if desired, chocolate chips until blended. Drop plain and chocolate batters by tablespoonfuls into prepared pans, dividing batters evenly among pans. To make batter level in pans, bang cake pans several times on counter.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  6. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency.
  7. If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a serrated knife to make level. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  8. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake.
  9. Drop cooled chocolate by 1/2 teaspoonfuls over frosting. Using a large offset spatula, smear chocolate to create a marble design in frosting. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Marvelous Marble Cake in Taste of Home November 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 683 calories, 33 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 138 mg cholesterol, 330 mg sodium, 97 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"The frosting not good for this cake AT ALL!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"This cake turned out exactly like the picture. Beautiful presentation, moderately simple to put together. Great flavor and texture."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I can't wait to make this mmmmm good cake!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"Great taste, I baked at 350 degrees. Made it for my friend's daughter party who wanted a Marble cake. They loved it..."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"I made this cake for my husband's birthday, and our whole family loved it! It is absolutely delicious and a nice birthday cake for a man, I think. I did adjust to 350 degrees and decided to forgo the melted chocolate top. You could just sprinkle some of the mini chocolate chips on top and it would look and taste great."

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