Marble cake with cacao and turmeric
Ramona's Cuisine
Ramona's Cuisine

Marble cake with cacao and turmeric

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  • 230 g flour white all purpose plain flour
  • 180 g sugar add a little more if you like it very sweet
  • 180 g yogurt full fat yogurt works best
  • 100 ml oil
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 tsp turmeric leveled not heaped
  • 1 tbsp lemon and orange zest *
  • 1/2 medium orange medium the juice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder heaping (sifted)


    1.Pre-heat the oven at 190°C or 375°F and prepare the tin (mine is 12cm X 20cm) by greasing it. Use a bit of oil or butter. Spray would do too.
    2. Add the eggs, the sugar into a bowl and using a hand electric whisker, whisk until fluffy. Drizzle in the oil little by little and whisk until this is all added.
    3. Add the yogurt and whisk to incorporate this. Don’t over whisk. Add the zest and the salt.
    4. Mix the baking powder and the soda bicarbonate with the orange juice into a tiny little container like a coffee cup or something small and add to the mixture.
    5. Swift in the flour and the turmeric powder and using a spatula mix in gently the flour into the cake mix until this gets pretty much incorporated. Don’t worry if you have a lump or two, it’s more important that you are not overly mix the batter.
    6. Separate the cake mix (batter) by taking approximately 1/3 away into another bowl. Add the cacao powder to this and gently mix the cacao powder into it.
    7. Place the 2/3 cake mix into the prepared tin and pour the cacao mix into a middle line over the turmeric cake mix. With a chopstick or a wooden spoon handle make some swirl movements to give the cake the marble effect. Not too many as you want the marble patterns rather than mixing this and homogenizing the two batters.
    8. Place the marble cake into the preheated oven (make sure it’s in the middle of your oven) and bake for 40 minutes. Do the skewer test and if this comes out clean and the cake has slightly shrunk, it’s ready.
    9. Take out of the oven, allow to cool for 5 min. Take it out of the tin completely and allow it to cool on a cooling rack.
    10. It’s ready to serve about 30-40 min later. Enjoy with a chocolate drizzle or a scoop of ice cream if you wish.


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