Norwegian “Marmorkake” (Marble Cake)

My mother used to make Marble Cake. I thought it was very impressive when I grew up, how she could make the pattern inside the cake. I cannot remember I have made this since I moved from Norway actually when I was young. So I wondered if it is still being made. As I searched for it I found it is made but referred to as “An Old Fashioned Formkake”. Formkake is a Norwegian term for a lot of coffee cakes that you bake in a pan and than cut in smaller pieces. So this is one out of many. Anyways the marble is what is special with this one. Growing up my mother used to cut it and serve it like it is without any any decorations. I see when I have tried to find people making this cake today that some sprinkle icing sugar or cocoa over. Some make icing and decorates the cake before cutting. Some even poured chocolate sauce on. However I want to make it like my mother used to so I just serve it like it is, just the cake. Last night I recreated my mothers Marmorkake.


  • 175 g margarine
  • 250 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ dl milk
  • 250 g flour
  • 1 ½  tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa


Whip margarine and sugar until white and fluffy.

Add one egg, a little milk, a little flour, add another egg, a little more milk and a little more flour while all the time whisking slowly. Repeat until eggs, milk and flour are mixed in the bowl.

Divide the mix into three parts.

Add cocoa to one part through a sift to avoid lumps.

Mix in the cocoa in that part.

Set the oven to 190 Celsius Degrees.

Bake for 45 – 50 minutes (depending on your oven and size of cake). Try and stick a toothpick in the cake. If nothing sticks it is done.

Grease an oven pan. This will fit a pan for a small cake or a small bread pan.

You can put baking paper in the pan also to help get the cake out after baking.

Start to add the mix in your pan by placing one layer with the light mixture in the bottom.

Add the cocoa mix as a second layer.

Add the other light mix as a third layer.

To make the marble you take a spatula or a spoon or a knife or a stick of some kind and stick it down in the mixture and make swirls, from down to up and maybe also sideways. Do it in a pattern over the whole pan but not too much. You will only be able to see the pattern after baking and cutting the cake. And no cake will be like the other.

Place in the oven at once.

When the cake is done take it out of the pan and place on a cooling rack. Don´t cut until it has cooled.

Cut it in slices and serve with coffee, tea or just a cold glass of milk.

I cut the cake and freeze it between foil layers so I can take out and eat as a treat in the future.

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