Make Ahead

Regina's Marble Cake

October  4, 2011
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Author Notes

Recently I discovered this recipe in my mother's album of her favorites. It originated with our neighbor, Regina, who was a Czech refugee who had endured and survived Hitler's death march, moved to New York City after the war and then became a mail order bride to a chicken farmer who lived next to us in Petaluma.She was a fabulous cook and baker. I don't think I can remember a time that this marble cake was not on her counter ready for us to sneak a slice. I usually leave it real plain jane, but I have included a orange glaze for those who like a little extra sweetness and sugary crunch. —dymnyno

  • Makes 1 cake
  • 3/4 cup Crisco or butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 3 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract(or vanilla)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate( unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • Orange glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon grand marnier, 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice and the zest of 1 orange (blood orange if you can find one) Simply put all in a little pot and heat until melted and clear and pour over the cake.
In This Recipe
  1. Mix the butter, sugar, milk, flour, baking powder and orange extract together.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix well.
  3. Put one third of the batter in another bowl and add the chocolate and mix thoroughly.
  4. In a tube or bundt pan,(I recommend a non stick tube pan) put a layer of half of the white batter. Then pour in all the chocolate batter, and then, the rest of the white batter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, but check for doneness after 45 minutes. Ovens are all different!
  6. Remove from pan. Regina never frosted her cake , nor do I. However, I have added a grand marnier glaze for those who would like a little extra sweetness and crunch of sugar.

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