Classic 1-2-3-4 Marble Cake
By shahdan • April 14, 2020
Classic 1-2-3-4 cake is the first cake I learned to bake with my mother. As a child, I really appreciated the fact that the cake name helped me memorise and learn the basic cake proportions by heart: ONE for 1 cup milk and 1 cup butter, TWO for 2 cups sugar, THREE for 3 cups flour, and FOUR for 4 eggs. Then of course the baking powder and vanilla.
I have baked this cake countless times. Sometimes I bake the full quantity for a big round cake, while other times I halve the quantities for the long rectangular cake shape, as shown in this picture.
I have also realised that the cake is lighter and less dense when I use half cup butter (100g), and half cup sunflower oil, as opposed to one full cup butter.
- 1/2 cup butter softened (about 100g) - زبدة
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil - زيت عباد الشمس
- 2 cup sugar - سكر
- 4 large eggs - بيض
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 2 small packs) - خلاصة الفانيليا
- 1 cup full cream milk - لبن كامل الدسم
- 3 cup flour - دقيق
- 1 tablespoon baking powder - باكينج باودر
- 4 tablespoon cocoa powder - بودرة كاكاو
Step by step
- Preheat oven to 180C. Grease the baking pan with butter and lightly dust with flour.
- In a bowl, beat the butter and oil with the sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk after each egg.
- Add the vanilla and milk and continue whisking.
- Mix flour with the baking powder and add gradually to the cake while whisking until batter is well-combined. Always whisk in one direction to get the air in.
- Pour only 2/3 of the batter in the prepared pan.
- Add cocoa to the remaining batter in the bowl and whisk until well-combined.
- Swirl the remaining chocolate batter over the vanilla. Use a knife to create more swirls in the batter for the marble effect.
- Bake for 40- 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. If you are halving the cake quantities for a smaller cake, it will only need 20-30 minutes in the oven.
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