Whole-Wheat Marble Cake

Spongy, soft and delicious cake which is a treat for the eyes as well as the taste-buds!

The goodness of wholewheat makes it healthier than the one prepared using plain flour.

Time: Prep Time: 20 minutes Baking Time: 35 minutes


Serves: Makes 10-12 slices

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  1. 1 cup wholewheat flour
  2. 1/2 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  6. 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  7. 1/4 cup pomace olive oil or any neutral oil of choice
  8. 1 medium egg
  9. 1/2 cup milk + 2 tablespoons
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (170°C for fan ovens).
  2. Grease a loaf tin with oil and keep aside.
  3. Combine the cocoa powder, instant coffee (if using), 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk in a bowl. Mix well and keep it aside.
  4. Sieve all the dry ingredients (wholewheat flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda) together in a large bowl. It helps in aeration and makes the cake light.
  5. In separate bowl, beat an egg. Add milk, oil and vanilla essence. Mix until just combined; avoid over mixing.
  6. Combine the egg mixture with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  7. Pour half of the batter in the bowl containing cocoa mixture, Mix until combined.
  8. Use 2 tablespoons of each batter to create the layers of batter on the greased loaf tin. Starting from the middle of the tin, pour 2 tablespoons of brown batter (mixed with cocoa powder) followed by 2 tablespoons of white batter. Repeat this process until all the batter has been used.
  9. Bake at 180°C (170°C for fan ovens) for 35 minutes.
  10. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes before removing from the loaf tin.


If you do not have the time to pour 2 tablespoons of each batter till the batter is used up, you can simply pour half of the white batter in the loaf tin followed by half of the brown batter. Repeat the same and then create swirls in the batter using a toothpick or a butter knife.

However, I would highly recommend the tablespoon method as the end result is gorgeous and its very therapeutic to make it that way 🙂

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