Coffee Marble Cake

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I’ve made butter cake before and I really love it very much. Such an easy recipe and so easily adaptable into marble cakes. Recently I wanted to make a marble cake and found that I only had 2 eggs!

Do you know how that feels? That sinking feeling, that deep disappointment, that horrible longing….. but ha! Google exists for a good reason. 😛 So I found a pretty well-reviewed recipe and I texted my mom if she wanted a chocolate marble cake or a coffee one. I didn’t have to make the call because I knew even before the call got through. Who am I kidding. Mom = coffee any day.

The basic ingredients for this marble cake is: Flour, Butter, Sugar, Eggs, Milk, Instant Coffee Powder, Baking Powder
Coffee Marble Cake 1

My butter was cold when I wanted to make this so I nuked it for a very brief moment until it was soft and creamable with the sugar.
Coffee Marble Cake 2

Wet ingredients are mixed thoroughly before I added in the flour. The original recipe didn’t say this but I wanted to keep the cake light and not overmix. So there’s a tip for you 😉
Coffee Marble Cake 3

Now for the exciting bitty bit. I used part of the milk to melt the instant coffee granules in and did my own calculations on the milk etc. Then the main batter is split into 2 portions.
Coffee Marble Cake 4

I decided to layer the batter because I’m rubbish at marbling. The middle NEVER gets any of the second batter. Layering it makes it easier to have them overlap one another.
Coffee Marble Cake 5

I used a chopstick and went at it. My problem has always been under-marbling because I’m afraid of ending up with pretty much one mixed flavour cake. Mistake. Big time. Just go at it. Then bake!
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I gave this the simplest of toppings. Just a little dusting of icing sugar.
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The coffee and butter flavour came through together so nicely. 
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The marbling turned out nice, didn’t it? 
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Mom liked this. I think I’ll make another loaf.
Coffee Marble Cake 10

What’s your favourite loaf cake recipe? I want to try making more loaf cakes because they are some of the easiest.

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Coffee Marble Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Instant Coffee Powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Warm 2-3 tbsp milk and melt coffee powder in. Set aside. Also reserve an equal amount of milk in another small bowl & set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder & salt.
  4. In a larger bowl, cream butter & sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in remainder of milk & eggs and mix well.
  6. Whisk in dry ingredients until combined.
  7. Spoon out ⅓ of batter and fold in coffee milk mixture.
  8. In the remaining ⅔ of the batter, mix in reserved equal amount of milk set aside earlier.
  9. Layer the batters into the loaf pan. (I did 4 layers with both batters alternating twice.
  10. Use a skewer or chopstick and swirl the batter around to create the marble effect.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  12. Leave to fully cool and serve with a dusting of icing sugar.
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  1. At first glance I didn’t know if I would be able to pull this off (just a bartender). But you really give a nice detailed breakdown, and with such great step-by-step photos. Well done!

    • You’re too kind! I personally love step-by-step recipe instructions. Maybe because I’m a visual person. Speaking of which, your site is brilliant!

  2. What a gorgeous marble cake. You certainly can’t go wrong with coffee. YUM!

  3. Beautiful marbling! I like coffee flavor dessert, so this is a must try. Thanks, Jayne!

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