Doodle In The Cake Pan With This Fast Marble Slice

by | Jul 8, 2010 | 10 comments

Marble Slice

A couple of weeks ago I was rushing to meet my project deadline before picking my son up from school and driving him to a play date. I had 40 minutes at best after I wrapped up my final logo presentation before leaving home. Overcome with a sudden urge to bake [I really wish I wasn't hit by those at the most inopportune times], I picked up a recipe for a marble cake, tweaked the quantities so it would cook faster and baked this little masterpiece which was a hit with the kids and the mums, but especially the kids.

Marble Slice

I bake marble cakes all the time. I had baked a massive one for my dad's birthday and sent it with my mum to take it home to him. Who doesn't like a little bit of color and adventure in their food that makes them feel like little kids scoring delicious looking treats? I certainly do. This recipe slices perfectly, is enough to feed 8-10 people, looks gorgeous with its swirls of chocolate and pink, doesn't need icing, is moist while retaining the perfect crumb texture I've seen in a cake.

Marble Slice

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Author: Sneh
Course // Cake, Chocolate, Party, Picnic
Cuisine // Australian
Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 180 g butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups self raising flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • few drops of pink liquid food colouring
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray an 18 x 28cm slab [slice] pan with oil [any kind]. Line the base and sides with baking paper, allowing the paper to hang over the edges of the pan.
  • Use an electric beater to beat the butter, caster sugar, strawberry essence and vanilla extract in a bowl for a few minutes until pale and creamy. Add eggs, beat some more.Add the flour and milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed thoroughly.
  • Divide the mixture into 3 bowls. Add the pink food colouring to one of the bowls and mix well. Add the cocoa powder to the mixture in the other bowl and mix well. Drop dollops of plain, pink and chocolate batter into the prepared pan, alternating as you please. Once all the batter is in the pan, use a fork to gently swirl the tops of the batter and blending into each other.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Wait for it to cool completely before cutting into slices. Serve dusted with icing sugar.
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  1. Edmund Mokhtarian

    The food coloring is a great idea for a boost in presentation. I, unfortunately, wasn't quite as skilled as you were with my touch--I also didn't manage to get the beautiful swirling patterns, and the color came out a bit weak. How many drops of food coloring do you typically use to get that type of semi-intense coloring?

    • Sneh

      @Edmund I usually just keep adding drops till I like the colour. It always bakes a shade darker than it looks in the batter, so I keep that in mind when I am adding the colouring. Hope that helps 🙂

  2. Petra

    I made these last week when the kindy boys were over and as you can expect it was a big hit. I had to put green colour into the uncoloured dough otherwise Mr D. was complaining that his sister got pink and HIS favourite colour wasn't represented!

    • Sneh

      Sounds good Petra .. I have never tried green in cakes, might give it a go!

  3. Lydia

    2/3 cup sugar vs 1 3/4 flour -- plenty. I'd go the route Sneh suggested, an icing!! I think a thin poured chocolate icing would be nice. I would go with a softer pink. Tip: always mix colors in a little milk -- easier to judge, one can always add more.

  4. Andrik

    I hope you're having a great day! It was an absolute joy to stumble onto your website and i went on immediately to bake the marble cake..however i couldn't achieve those amazing amazing amazing swirl patterns you made 🙁 My relatives(aunts) loved it, but it wasn't sweet enough for me. Should i add more butter/sugar the next time round to make it sweeter? Thank you SO much once again!!

    • Sneh

      I went with this quantity of sugar because it makes it light, especially for the kids. To make it sweeter, you could try glazing it with icing or just dusting it with heaps of icing sugar.

  5. Mark @ Cafe Campana

    Great looking cake. I love the swirls. The question that needs to be asked is "Is that CWA regulation marbelling?"

  6. shweta jain

    Seems so tempting... will definitely try but yeah without eggs 🙂

  7. Petra

    This cake is delicious and SO good looking - thank you, for sharing!


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