Marble Cake

I learned how to do this in Romania from an English teacher friend of mine named Doina.  Doina was in the Communist Party when the Communists were in power. However, she had a very unusual story.  Since she was an English teacher, she was always reading literature in English.  She constantly encountered references to the Bible in her reading, but she didn’t understand.  Since she was in the Communist Party, she knew that if she got a Bible and read it to help her understand, she would be kicked out of the Communist Party.  She really wanted to understand what she was reading, so she obtained a Bible secretly.  After that, she hid the Bible from her husband and kids.  When she was alone, she got the Bible and went into the closet with a flashlight and read it.  She knew that even her husband and kids couldn’t catch her, and they didn’t.  She built her faith secretly.  When the revolution came and Communism fell, she looked for the missionaries because it was then okay to be a Christian.  She was one of the first translators for the church of Christ in Sibiu, Romania.  Her story is mild compared to what happened to many of the others.  If you want to read more stories like this, look on Amazon and find my book called “Escaping Communism.”  Now, I will teach you how to make the cake Doina taught me to make.20190222_135826.jpg

You need to begin with two large mixing bowls.  You could actually do this with cake mixes if you wanted, but you would have to get read to make two cakes, and not just one, either that, or figure out how to use just half a cake mix.  You would need one chocolate and one vanilla cake mix. However, there are no cake mixes available where I live, and there weren’t in Romania either.20190222_143036.jpg

Before I began mixing the cake, I set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

I put a cup and 3/4 of flour and one cup of sugar in a bowl.
I added a teaspoon of baking powder.
I added an egg.


I began by mixing the chocolate part first. First, I put a cup of sugar, 1 cup and 3/4 of flour, and a teaspoon of baking soda..  Next, I added an egg. After that, I added 1/4 cup of cocoa.

I added 1/2 cup of cooking oil.
I added 1/2 cup of milk.
Finally, I added 1/2 cup of boiling water.

After that, I added 1/2 cup of cooking oil.  Next, I added 1/2 cup of milk, and finally, I added 1/2 cup boiling water.  I mixed everything with a wire whip, then I put it aside.

I put a cup and 1/4 cup of flour in a bowl.
I added 3/4 cup of sugar in the bowl with the flour.
I added 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
I added 1/4 cup of cooking oil.


I added 1/2 cup of milk.
I added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
I mixed everything together.

Next, I got the other mixing bowl.  I started by putting 1 cup and 1/4 cup of flour in the bowl.  Next, I added 3/4 cup of sugar.  After that, I added 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Next, I added 1/4 cup of cooking oil, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.  I mixed it all together.


I separated two eggs and added the whites of two eggs to the white cake batter.

I mixed the white cake batter for two minutes.

After that, I separated 2 eggs.  I added just the  egg whites to the cake batter.  I mixed it for a couple of minutes with a wire whip.  If you want, you can mix these with a mixer.

I used a large cake pan.
I greased and flowered the pan.

Then, I had chocolate cake batter in one bowl and vanilla cake batter in the other.  I took a large pan and rubbed oil in it, and then floured it. If I were in America, I would use shortening to oil the pan, but here in Korea, there is no shortening, so I used cooking oil.


I began spooning the different batters into the cake pan little by little.  First, I put vanilla cake batter in the middle of the pan.  Next, I put chocolate cake batter on each side.  After that, I put vanilla cake batter on the outer rim.  I just kept adding cake batter little by little, but never mixing it.

I baked it for 30 minutes.

When all the cake batter is in the pan, I put the cake in the hot oven.  I baked it for 30 minutes.  If you can put a fork in the middle of your cake, it comes out clean, then it is done.

Here, I have turned it out of the pan onto a large cake plate. It is upside down. I let it cool, and then I sprinkled powdered sugar all over it.

When Doina did this, she actually used two bread pans, but I used one big pizza pan that had side on it today. I used to have a large cake pan I used.  You can make your cake whatever shape you want.  Doina didn’t use icing.  She just sprinkled powdered sugar on top, and it was really good, so all I do is sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top too.  There was no powdered sugar in Romania, so Doina taught me to put regular white sugar into a coffee grinder and grind it to make powdered sugar.20190222_162643.jpg

When people cut into the cake, they will be amazed with the marble look of the cake, and it is a very tasty cake.


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