Marbled Tea Cake Recipe

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Dana Young Modified: March 24, 2022
Marbled Tea Cake Recipe

How To Make Marbled Tea Cake

In this tea cake, a sweet and simple vanilla cake is marbled with coffee swirls then baked and dusted with cinnamon sugar for a perfect tea pairing.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½cupbutter
  • ¾cupwhite sugar
  • 2eggs
  • ½cupmilk
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • 2tspinstant coffee granules
  • 2tbspboiling water
  • 2tbspcinnamon sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 by 8-inch baking pan.

  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Use and electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a separate large bowl until light and fluffy.

  3. One at a time, beat the eggs into the butter mixture. Beat in ½ of the flour mixture, the milk, and the remaining flour. Mix well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.

  4. Transfer about ⅓ of the batter to a small bowl. Dissolve the instant coffee granules in 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Stir the coffee liquid into the small bowl of batter.

  5. Spoon ½ of the vanilla batter into the prepared baking pan and top with the coffee batter.

  6. Spoon the remaining vanilla batter over the coffee layer. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the batters together.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes. Dust cooled cake with cinnamon sugar.


  • Calories: 315.08kcal
  • Fat: 13.30g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.95g
  • Trans Fat: 0.47g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.52g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.78g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.15g
  • Fiber: 0.74g
  • Sugar: 22.86g
  • Protein: 4.81g
  • Cholesterol: 72.02mg
  • Sodium: 222.21mg
  • Calcium: 116.31mg
  • Potassium: 78.54mg
  • Iron: 1.62mg
  • Vitamin A: 121.26µg
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