All-Occasion Marble Cake

All-Occasion Marble CakeRecipe
Photo: Wendell Webber
This easy sheet cake recipe features rich vanilla cake batter and a chocolate batter that are swirled together then topped with a rich chocolate frosting.


16 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calcium 74 mg
Calories 380
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Carbohydrate 61 g
Cholesterol 62 mg
Fat 15 g
Fiber 2 g
Iron 2 mg
Protein 5 mg
Satfat 9 g
Sodium 237 mg


1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk


For the cake: Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the cocoa, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium-high, beat the butter with the remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, add the remaining ingredients, and beat until smooth.

Spoon 2 cups of the vanilla batter into the bowl with the cocoa mixture; blend until smooth. Pour the vanilla batter into baking pan. Spoon in the chocolate batter to create six puddles on top of the vanilla batter. Using a knife, drag through the two batters to marbleize. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

For the frosting: Melt the chocolate in a Pyrex measuring cup in a pan of simmering water; stir.

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, and melted chocolate, adding just enough milk to make a spreadable frosting. Frost the cooled cake.