Easy Marble Cake Using Cocoa Powder and Oil

Hello everyone, this is my first recipe on the blog. I’ve been making these and I decided to share the recipe. It’s a quick and easy marble cake that you’ll love!

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Easy Marble Cake Recipe

Michelle E
This is a quick and easy marble cake recipe using. The best part is you can use OIL.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert


  • 1 3/4 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 3 tablespoon Cocoa Powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350F or 175C
  • Grease baking pan (9'' pan will do). You can do this with butter or oil
  • In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Set Aside
  • In another bowl, add the sugar, egg and oil and mix until creamy/pale yellow
  • Add vanilla and mix for about 30secs
  • Add milk and mix
  • Add flour mixture from the other bowl and mix thoroughly
  • Reserve 1 cup of batter and pour the remaining in the baking pan
  • Add cocoa powder in reserved batter and mix thoroughly. If you feel the cocoa batter is too thick, you may add 2 or 3 tablespoons of milk.
  • Pour the cocoa batter in the pan. Using a knife, create swirls (mixing the coco and vanilla batter)
  • Bake for about 30 to 50minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean


Easy Marble Cake Ingredients

For this recipe, I used Ideal (tin) Milk. You can substitute with powdered milk. Simply Measure 1/2 cup of water and add 3 tablespoons of powdered milk. Mix until the powdered milk is fully dissolved.
I've made this cake with both (tin milk and powdered milk) and it was amazing. 
For oil, you can use any vegetable oil you have at hand. For this recipe I used Frytol (... I've also used Aya Oil too).
Cocoa Powder, I've tried two brands: 
  • Brown Gold Natural Cocoa Powder
  • Golden tree: Royale Natural Cocoa Powder

Brown Gold Cocoa Powder


Golden tree royale cocoa powder

NB: I have both on the recipe image but you can use whichever one you like :). (I did not combine both).
Flour measurement, you will need 1 3/4 cups of flour. If you do not have 3/4 cup, you may use 1/4 thrice (1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4).
Original recipe called for 1 1/2 cup of sugar but I decided 1 cup 2/3 cup would be suitable for this quantity of cake. You may add more sugar (based on your preference).
My cake cracked (from the photos). So my tip here is to reduce the temperature slightly when you place your pan in the oven.
Keyword Cake, Marble Cake