Moist Marble Cake

Posted on 03/03/2009 by snappytreats
A moist marble cake that I made this afternoon...

What makes this cake very moist is the use of melted fat (butter). And I gather that the fluffiness of the cake comes from the use of ovalette, a type of cake stabilizer, which stabilizes the eggs, helping to retain its volume.

The most enjoyable part about this cake is cutting into it, because I really like seeing the different marbling effects!

If you like, you can slice the cake into half and frost with yummy Nutella! Mmm... I didn't because my dad is a marble cake purist!

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Moist Marble Cake


250 grams butter
250 grams caster sugar
250 grams flour
8 eggs
1 tbsp ovalette
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp chocolate emulco
2 tbsp cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease a 7-8 inch round/square pan.

Melt butter (I usually melt it in a microwave, but you can melt it over the stove too) and leave aside to cool.

Sift flour into a mixer bowl. Add sugar, eggs and ovalette into the bowl and using a whisk attachment, beat at low speed to firstly combine ingredients, then medium speed to add volume. Mix until ingredients are thoroughly mixed in, about 3 minutes.

Beat in vanilla essence. Gradually pour in melted butter while beating the batter at low speed. Continue beating until all the butter has been incorporated.

Separate half the mixture into another bowl. This will be your plain mixture.

In the original mixing bowl, add cocoa powder and chocolate emulco to the batter and beat till well incorporated. This will be your chocolate mixture.

To assemble, spoon 3 tablespoons of the plain mixture in the middle of your baking tin. Then place 3 tablespoons of the chocolate mixture. As you continue spooning in the batter into the middle, the batter will start spreading out into the tin. Continue alternating, as this will form the marbled effect.

Bake in the centre rack of the oven for 40 minutes, until a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

After removing from the oven, allow the cake to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. Then, turn the cake out to cool on a wire rack.
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cookingupadream 3rd-Mar-2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
AHHHHH!!! This looks gorgeous! I love the swirls :)
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You never know what you'll get whenever you cut into the cake!
rachelashleigh 3rd-Mar-2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
That looks INCREDIBLE!!!!
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
gunshotbeauty 3rd-Mar-2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
that looks delicious
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
mickey8 3rd-Mar-2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
this look absolutely fantastic! i'll have to try it once my confidence level is enough not to cry over a badly turned cake. :p

thanks for sharing! ♥
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I know, scratch cakes do that to you sometimes, but the satisfaction gained when a successful cake comes out of the oven is guaranteed to up your confidence level!
lizziebuffy2008 3rd-Mar-2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
It looks just lovely. What exactly is ovalette (baking powder?) and chocolate emulca? Am I wrong in assuming that vanilla essence is vanilla extract? I am from the US and have never heard of the first two.
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Ovalette is an emulsifier and comes in the form of a bright orange gel. It is ok to omit this ingredient if unavailable as it is also used as a preservative to extend shelf life. I don't think it is available in the US.

Chocolate emulco is concentrated chocolate flavouring or extract. Again it is also possible to omit this. This gives the chocolate batter a deeper colour. I think just the use of cocoa for the batter would suffice.

And yes, vanilla essence is vanilla extract! :)
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snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
I thought the swirls looked rather trippy. I think I will try rainbow tie-dye cupcakes next!
woodsprite2 3rd-Mar-2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
It couldn't look more gorgeous!
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you!
thesweet_cherry 3rd-Mar-2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
That is the prettiest cake that I have seen in a long time!
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
You're too kind! :)
misvalentine 3rd-Mar-2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
that is picture perfect. :O Your skills amaze me!
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks, am flattered! :)
naanie 3rd-Mar-2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
It's beautiful!
snappytreats 3rd-Mar-2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Icon love! ;)
stardust_ballad 3rd-Mar-2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow that looks absolutely gorgeous! Excuse me as I fly over to steal some from you.

I hope to be able to try this recipe soon :D It looks delicious
snappytreats Re:4th-Mar-2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Please do, it's more economical to try baking it than erm, flying here!
felize 3rd-Mar-2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, almost too pretty to eat!
snappytreats 4th-Mar-2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
jumpshiftbite 3rd-Mar-2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
omg that looks delicious :[

i have to wait another 2 hours before i can eat lunch and i'm faced to stare at thisss.
snappytreats 4th-Mar-2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I hope you made it to lunch! :)
maevegoddess 4th-Mar-2009 04:24 am (UTC)
That has got to be the most perfect marble cake I have ever seen. Wow. :)
snappytreats 4th-Mar-2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've never really had a nice marbling effect until I tried this method of spooning 3 tbsps batter alternately.
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