A good practical cake, one that I make quite often.

Carol
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan.

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  • Place flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter or margarine, eggs, vanilla, and milk into mixing bowl. Beat slowly to moisten, then beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for about 2 minutes until smooth. Reserve 3/4 cup batter; pour the remainder into pan.

  • Stir cocoa into the 3/4 cup reserved batter. Drop by spoonfuls over top of white batter. Using a knife, swirl the cocoa batter into the white batter to incorporate it in a marble effect.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

280.5 calories; 5 g protein; 41.2 g carbohydrates; 63.6 mg cholesterol; 303.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2009
This cake was just what I wanted.Reading the other reviews beforehand(too dense) I simply reversed the order in which i mixed the ingredients. First I mixed the sugar and butter until fluffy,then added the eggs 1by1, then having put all the dry ingredients together beforehand I added a little at a time alternating with the milk. Lastly, I added the vanilla. It turned out very light and fluffy and tasty too!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/26/2007
I was very disapointed in how this cake came out. My husband's favorite cake is Marble so I thought I could make one from scratch. Instead of the cake mix kind. I looked everywhere online and found that different sights had this same recipe. I figured it would come out good but instead it was very heavy and thick tasting and thats even with the 3 TBSP of Oil I added. Will constinue to look for another recipe. Read More
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230 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 84
  • 4 star values: 73
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 29
Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2009
This cake was just what I wanted.Reading the other reviews beforehand(too dense) I simply reversed the order in which i mixed the ingredients. First I mixed the sugar and butter until fluffy,then added the eggs 1by1, then having put all the dry ingredients together beforehand I added a little at a time alternating with the milk. Lastly, I added the vanilla. It turned out very light and fluffy and tasty too!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2006
Excellent and easy cake! I made this for a co-worker's baby shower cake and brought sample cake made from this recipe and from a very traditional marble cake recipe to the office for them to pick their favorite. This recipe was the unanimous favorite. I made changes as suggested by the other reviewers: added 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup melted shortening to the batter; I also mixed the cocoa with 1 Tablespoon melted shortening prior to mixing into the batter. I also was careful to not overbake the cake. It was moist and full of flavor, absolutely delicious! No cracking of the top, either, and it rose high and light. This is the easiest "from-scratch" cake I've ever made. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/26/2007
I was very disapointed in how this cake came out. My husband's favorite cake is Marble so I thought I could make one from scratch. Instead of the cake mix kind. I looked everywhere online and found that different sights had this same recipe. I figured it would come out good but instead it was very heavy and thick tasting and thats even with the 3 TBSP of Oil I added. Will constinue to look for another recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2008
This was my first EVER cake made from scratch, it turned out BEAUTIFUL! Since I was using a standard 9x13 cake pan I increased the recipe by half. For example, I used 3 cups of flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, etc. The only thing I did differently was that I took other users advice and used additional 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup oil. Plus I added 1/2 a package of instant vanilla pudding and 1/2 cup extra milk. The cake evenly filled the pan to about 3 1/2 inches high baked and is EXCEPTIONALLY moist and flavorful. This is from now on going to be our family's standard birthday cake. Thanks for the GREAT recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/13/2007
I made this for my husband because he loves marble cake his grandmother makes it for him all the time and she is from Germany so it is always good. My husband said that it didn't taste like marble cake. The cake just doesn't taste like marble cake and it is pretty dry not moist at all and I even added some oil. I am very disappointed in this recipe I will not use it again and I will have to keep looking for a good marble cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
Great recipe but I would mix butter with sugar oil eggs and vanilla first. Then add the rest. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2008
This is an amazing cake. I doubled it for two 9 layers adding 25% more sugar and 50% more butter (salted) as other reviewers suggested. With three sticks of butter and all of four eggs it was practically torte! Light crumbly and heavy all at the same time. Add to that the butter cream icing and well they loved it. Even so I would say it's flavor was pretty mellow due to all the eggs and butter. I think you could fix this cake s flavor problem as noted by other reviewers by doubling the salt. My best yellow cake recipe calls for lots of eggs and butter as well but about double the salt. A little extra vanilla or higher quality vanilla will round out the flavor as well. Next time I will use salted butter again just not so much of it and double the salt add a little extra vanilla and no extra sugar. Oh and one more thing I am a purist about presoaking baking flour before cooking with it (or using sprout flour) so for this recipe I mixed the flour milk and salt in the evening around 7 p.m. and let it sit at room temperature overnight. The next morning I mixed the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl added the flour mixture to it and baked it in two insulated 9 round pans for about 45 minutes. Worked out awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2003
Perfect excellent best cake I ever had I don't know what those other people are talking about It's not flat and it's sweet enough for me they must of made it wrong bacause I loved it infact I'm going to make it for my birthday with whipped cream. Like i said It's the Best Cake Ever!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/08/2003
The recipe states 1 8 inch layer cake. That is a single layer. The recipe actully made 2 8 inch layer cakes. It cracked TERRIBLY on top. Tasted blan. Hardly a cake taste at all. I am SO glad that I made this cake 2 days before my son's birthday because I would've been embarrased to serve this cake at his party. NOW to go find a cake recipe for his birthday party..... Read More
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