We’re not sure whose recipe this is. You see, it’s a common one made by not only Nelson’s mom but also her cousins, and her sisters in law, and their family…and so on. It’s pretty simple and whenever we go visit one of these relatives, we’re pretty sure to find a version of this cake.
Our version came from Nelson’s cousin Tania (thanks Tania), and she got this from her mom, who may have gotten it from Nelson’s mom. Hey…recipes get around in this family–and now we’re sharing it with you.
The base of this recipe is really just a vanilla cake. But, with a simple tweak, it can become multiple recipes. This time I made a marble cake, but I’ve also made this as simply vanilla, or all chocolate. Skip the chocolate and add coconut and voilà, you’ve got a coconut cake. I’ve never tried adding anything else but I suppose it would be pretty simple to turn this into a slightly different flavoured cake. Any suggestions?
Our family loves this cake. It’s a go-to of mine to make (yes me…Liz). You know Nelson does most of the cooking and baking here. I don’t cook much at all, but before having children I used to enjoy baking quite a bit. Now I only bake once and a while, and I often turn the experience into a fun (and messy) activity with the kids. But a few years back Nelson started making desserts too (he used to only enjoy making savory dishes). He discovered that enjoys baking too (and he’s good at it). So, now I’m really not needed much in the kitchen…and I’m not complaining about it either. This cake was made by me and our little guy. He said it turned out so yummy because he added love. Sweet.
We really do all love this cake because it feels light. We don’t feel too guilty about having a slice after a weeknight dinner. I mean…do you really need an ‘ocassion’ to have cake?!
We have drizzled chocolate on this in the past but normally we leave it plain–no dressings, no fillings, no icing. It’s a great cake to enjoy with a glass of milk, or mug of coffee/tea. There’s something cozy about this.
Try out this simple and yummy cake. Let us know if you swap out the chocolate or coconut for something else.
Happy baking. We hope you enjoy!
Simple Classic Marble Cake
This is an amazing marble cake recipe. It's light, simple and we don't feel too guilty about having a slice after a weeknight dinner. Great to enjoy with a cold glass of milk, or mug of coffee or tea.
Author: Nelson Cardoso
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup milk
- 2½ tsp baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 pinch of salt
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 2 to 3 tbs spoons milk for the chocolate batter
- Pre-heat oven 350 ºF.
- Grease and flour a bundt pan or tube pan (if using a bundt pan, make sure to get all the crevices).
- Cream the eggs and sugar using a stand mixer on medium high.
- Slowly pour in the oil and the the milk.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a small bowl.
- Lower the mixer to medium low and add the dry ingredients.
- Separate about a ¼ of the batter into another small bowl.
- Mix in the cocoa powder into the smaller bowl.
- Drizzle in about 2 to 3 tbs of milk to thin out the chocolate batter.
- Pour the vanilla batter into the cake pan.
- Pour the chocolate batter over the vanilla batter.
- With a fork or knife, swirl the chocolate batter in figure eights all around the pan.
- Place the cake pan in the hot oven and bake for 1 hour.
- Remove the cake from the oven and test with a cake tester or toothpick. The tester should not come out wet.
- Let cool for 10 minutes in the cake pan.
- Flip the cake over onto a cake plate.
- Once the cake is completely cooled, you can sprinkle powdered sugar over it or drizzle melted chocolate or even leave it as is.
Chhiwat maghribya says
it looks moist and delicious!Thanks for sharing the recipe,
Nelson Cardoso says
Thank you for the kind comment