A Blustery-Sunday-in-May Cake

Last Sunday I found it hard to believe it was late May: 7°Celsius (45°F), Dull, Rainy and Windy (yes, with capital letters!). Luckily I had cut some of my early peony flowers a couple of days earlier before they got spoilt.

The perfect activity for such a day, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is to go into the kitchen, tie on a pinny, turn on the oven, and bake a cake!



After looking through several marble cake recipes, mostly German (Marmorkuchen), I decided to just try out my own. And it worked first time! This is a German classic and was requested a while back by my Man of Many Talents… Really tasty and soft, just the right proportion of chocolate, and nice and moist from adding yoghurt to the batter.

  • 175g (1 and 1/2 sticks) soft butter
  • 175g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g (2 cups) SR flour
  • 2 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 150g (2/3 cup) plain yoghurt

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease and flour either a 1lb/500g loaf tin and 2 mini Gugelhupf moulds, or a slightly larger loaf tin.

Beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth, then add the sugar and continue mixing until creamy. Slowly beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour if it curdles, and the vanilla extract. Sift in the flour and gently fold in, and finally stir in the yoghurt very carefully. Now spoon 2/3 of the vanilla batter into your tin(s).  Add the cocoa to the remaining third and mix in well. Spoon the cocoa batter over the top of the vanilla batter. Using a knife, swirl through the mixture 3 or 4 times in a figure of eight motion. I didn’t bother with this for the mini Gugelhupf cakes, but for a round tin or loaf tin the effect is nice.

Bake for 45-50 minutes. (The mini Gugelhupf moulds only needed about 20 minutes.)

After removing from the oven, wait 5 minutes, and then turn out the cakes to cool on a rack.


That warmed me up, and the house smelt warm and cosy too… hope June has some warmer weather in store!

What do YOU do on a cold and wet weekend when you can’t get out in the garden?

45 thoughts on “A Blustery-Sunday-in-May Cake

  1. What a scrumptious cake! Baking is the perfect way to spend time inside when the cold and wet dictate a change of plans!

  2. We are having the same weather as you, lets hope it levels out soon; although most of the garden will appreciate the rain I’m sure. Plenty to do here, the weather determines if we work inside or out, so the house is having plenty done 🙂

    • This weather system is hanging over central Germany and bringing flooding to many. Luckily we live on a hill. 😉 We actually had puddles in our garden – never seen that before!

  3. As you say, baking is a great thing to do when I can’t be in the garden. I used to make a marble cake quite often, another recipe you’ve reminded me of, that I had forgotten. Thank you, Christina

    • Well, I hope you will make a Marble cake again soon, although I hope you are not having the kind of weather that forces you to go into the kitchen and turn the oven on!

    • Only I think I’ll have to bake another one this weekend – the weather forecast is terrible! LOL! Hope your weekend is sunny Donna. 😀

      • Hey Donna – I was just thinking it’s been quiet in your part of the world for a while – I’ve missed you! Then I went to your site and discovered I have had no notifications of your posts for almost a month! So I’m signing up again – will catch up on your posts soon!

  4. Been doing a lot of baking here this ‘spring’ – at least having the oven on warms the kitchen a little! I’ll be saving your recipe to bake on the next cool, wet weekend… it won’t be long.

  5. Delicious! I like marble cake but I haven’t been able to make it properly. I mix to much and end up with only chocolate dough…. 🙂

      • 🙂 I like that you LIKE CAKE lol I thought of you the other day as I was listening to a news report of EVIL Belarouse(SP) Beavers attacking people thankfully that will not happen in THIS YARD lol

  6. This is my last post for the night 😀 Yes, I like to have sweet dreams! I’ve been doing some baking recently and my confidence has grown especially with cake baking! This Marble cake looks like a dream. I shall give it a go next time it gets wet and cold here! Thanks Cathy Mary. Always so cosy and happy for the soul when I visit you. Sharon

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