Pink Marble Cake

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two 8" cakes or 24 cupcakes

As a change from having chocolate marble cake, you can make just about any colour of marble cake that you like out of my soft basic vanilla cake recipe! This one is strawberry and vanilla flavoured. Pink and white...cute combination and perfect to have with tea although the cake can also be decorated with frosting if one wanted to! :)

Everyone needs to have a GOOD basic cake recipe that always turns out fantastic. This is my favourite one!!

1 cup
unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups
eggs, room temperature
3 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tbsp.
baking powder
1 tsp.
1 tbsp.
vanilla extract or essence
1 tsp.
strawberry essence or red food colouring
1 1/4 cup
non-fat buttermilk

You can bake this in a 9x13 pan or use two 8" pans then layer your cakes with frosting or ganache.

You can make buttermilk at home. Take 1 cup room temperature milk and add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Let this stand for 5-10 minutes and then use accordingly.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Grease and put some parchment in your pan(s). Then grease the parchments as well and dust with a bit of flour.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl every few minutes using the whisk attachment or a rubber spatula. This is crucial. Otherwise you're going to be left with chunks of butter in your finished batter. So make sure you cream it well and don't rush! :)

Add eggs one at a time. Making sure each egg is perfectly incorporated before you add another. If you skip too quickly past this stage, you will have a cake that smells of eggs because the bits of egg that aren't fully beaten in will bake separately in the cake and it will be like having scrambled eggs cooking in your cake, eww! So incorporate the eggs whenever you reach this stage for any cake recipe!! Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl after every few eggs. Add vanilla.

Add flour and buttermilk in three alternative pours, starting and ending with flour. Mix on slow speed and scrape the bowl during the process. I know, it's a pain in the butt. It's worth it. At this stage do NOT over mix, just combine until the batter is incorporated. Over mixing can ruin your cake.

Once everything is well incorporated, use a plastic spatula to fold the batter a few more times to make perfectly sure you've got everything will mixed.

Remove about a third of the batter into a separate bowl, then add the strawberry flavoring or red food coloring and mix until the colour is a vivid pink. Remember, the colour you mix the batter to will be the same colour once the cake is baked, so try and get it to the shade that you want.

Divide the white batter between your cake pans. Then add blobs of the pink batter, making sure to distribute them evenly. Use the edge of a knife and swirl the colours together so that the pink is incorporated with the white. Do not over-mix, you want the colours to be vivid and clearly visible.

Bake in preheated oven for twenty-five (for 2 pans) to forty minutes (for a 9x13 big pan). Check for doneness by pressing gently on the cake. If you leave an indent, not done. If it bounces back gently without leaving a mark, done. You can use a toothpick to check also. Don't over bake the cake! :)

Let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes then turn it out onto a rack to finish cooling completely.




Salaam could you give me the gas mark instead of degrees pls

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W/Salaam. Gas Mark 4.

assalamualaikum. may i know butter milk means just milk or condense milk pls explain me. thank u.

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W/Salaam, recipe of how to make buttermilk is included in the recipe. Please check. :)

pls state for hw many degrees should we back the cake

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It is mentioned in the recipe, please re-check.

aslm alkm!!

The sugar to be used has to be powdered right? So is it 1 3/4th cup of crystal sugar that's to be powdered or 1 3/4th cup of powdered sugar itself??

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W/Salaam, yes, first measure out the sugar 1 and three-fourth cup, then grind and use. The measurement will change a little bit once grinded, but that is ok.

salam sis can i use stork baking liquid in this and do i need to put the same amount as butter?? thanx

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W/Salaam, sorry no idea what stork baking liquid is. Best to use butter.

Salaam, Making this for Eid Insha Allah! The Cake looks yummy, hoping mine turns out perfectly. Thanks for sharing and Eid Greetings with love!

Chill it b ok if I made this recipe completely red with food color means no white part?

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Yes that is fine.

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No need to drain it, just give it a stir and use.

15ml vinegar in 250ml milk :$
thanx for replyin so quick.. i have stopped at this stage and was waiting for ur reply :$

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Yes that is ok.

and a transparent liquid layer comes at the top of buttermilk.. i dont need to drain that off right?

hey i am making this cake right now.. have made buttermilk at it sour in taste? :$

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Slightly sour yes.

and also it has vinegar fragrance in it.. my cake wont smell vinegar na? :$

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How much vinegar did you use? It shouldn't be too strong.

wwoooaahhh.. it turned out awesum MashAllah.. Thankyouuu soooo mchh..seriously.. stay blessed :)


I tried this recipe.
Inshallah....will try few more recipes.

I made dis cake 2day, its so delicious and everyone loved it. Tanks fauzia may Allah reward u.

Hi just a quick question. In your cake recipes, instead of milk can I use freshly squeezed orange juice (with no added sugar)? Look forward to your response.

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Hi, have actually personally never tried that but I don't see why not. Do give it a try and let me know how it turns out. :)

Assalam-Alaikum,i had been seeing ur receipe photoes several times,but today found the page of receipe card...& i read & feel happy to find even MAHAMBRI & MKATE WA SINIA... PLUS AM SURE in future i may find more swahili receipes...i leave far from kenya now but i think i found the right page. ....i wish tobe a member...plz...thanx. ..jazakal Allah

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W/Salaam, thank you and please remember to subscribe to the website so you can receive all the latest recipes. :)

Assalamualaykum, if I use margarine instead of unsalted butter (because I don't have any)will the cake still come out right?

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W/Salaam, yes you can use margarine.

Salaam Fauzia,

Can I make half the quantity in one 9" pan? Or if I want to make this as cupcakes then do I need to frost it or can it be had as is? Also, can u tell me the baking time if made for 12 cupcakes please?
Thanks 

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W/Salaam, yes you can halve the quantity. And yes the cupcakes can be had as is, without frosting. Cupcakes would take about 15 minutes to bake.

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hello fozia!!
wanted to ask something
today i baked marble cake n when it was near to done n rose to the top of the pan, it suddenly fell down.
i don't know what happend to it as i usually bake dfrnt things n this never happend to me

Salamz, i mde it tdy n it cme out vry soft!!! Jazakllah soooo muc

Salam fauzia wntd to ask wat if we use a beater while mixing da eggs is it ok

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W/Salaam, yes I normally use a beater while mixing the eggs.

Assalamu aleikum fauzia..please advice if my oven doesnt have 180 degrees its wenever i bake betwn 150 n 200 the cake takea time to bake..please advice..thanks

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W/Salaam, am sorry but there is nothing much I can advice. Baking especially with cakes needs to be accurate and the temperatures given in the recipes are very important.

Assalamu aleykum Fauzia, made this and it came out beautifully and delicious. Thank you so much, may the Almighty Allah shower blessings on you.

Good morning, please can I add cake preservatives to this cake recipe?Thanks

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I've personally never added preservatives to any of my recipes.