Marvelous Marble Cakes

Everybody's Favorite

What makes marble cakes so marvelous is the seamless and heavenly combination of the world's two most popular flavors - chocolate and vanilla - in one cake. Perfect for any occasion, marble cakes are crowd pleasers on birthdays, anniversaries, surprise parties, bridal and baby showers, graduation parties - or just on any old day. Nothing brightens up a rainy day or tickles the taste buds more than the delectable flavors of chocolate and vanilla swirled together in a picture-perfect marble cake.

Putting the "Marble" in Marble Cake

How does one achieve the much-celebrated, hastily devoured chocolate-vanilla marble effect? The good news is that you don't have to be a professional baker to acquire the art of baking a marble cake. Even novice bakers can easily throw together the simple ingredients required, and there are many kid-friendly recipes for baking marble cakes.

Here's the scoop on putting the "marble" into marble cake: After preparing a standard white cake, yellow cake, or butter cake batter (or you can use a cake mix), pour ¾ or 2/3 of the batter into your baking pan. To the remaining batter, stir in 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Drop the cocoa batter by spoonfuls over top of the white batter, using a knife or a spatula to swirl the chocolate batter into the vanilla batter to achieve the desired streaked or "marbled" effect.

Avoid These Common Marble Cake Mistakes

Before you decide to be creative and substitute chocolate syrup or melted chocolate for cocoa powder the next time you bake a marble cake, a word to the wise from the professionals: These cocoa substitutes will ruin your recipe since they do not produce the desired texture nor the desired chocolaty taste. If you don't have the proper ingredients, you are better off buying a marble-cake cake mix sold at stores everywhere.

Types of Marble Cakes

In addition to the basic marble cake, here are but a few of the scores of delicious marble cake recipes you can find today in cake decorating books and magazines or on the Internet:

- Marble Swirl Pound Cake

- Double Chocolate Marble Cake

- Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

- German Marble Cake

- Marble Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Also receiving rave consumer reviews is one of Duncan Hines' latest cake mix creations: the Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Fudge Marble Cake. Homemade or store-bought, one thing is for sure: People consistently marvel over marvelous marble cakes!