Last Updated on March 18, 2022
Today, we’re going to be looking at a moist marble cake recipe with oil. Often cakes contain butter instead of oil, but there are many reasons why oil is such a good substitute for butter in a cake. Creating the perfect moist cake can be difficult, but follow the steps in this post and you’ll have the best light, moist cake in no time at all. Let’s take a look at why we use oil in baking a cake.
Why Use Oil In A Cake?
There are many reasons to use oil in a cake – but the main reason is that it’s so good at keeping baked goods moist. It slows down the formation of gluten and helps to achieve that tender texture that you want to achieve from your cake. It helps to keep it light and fluffy. Also, when you use butter in your baking, as opposed to oil, you need to ensure it’s at room temperature before baking. However, this isn’t the case with oil – which means it can save a lot of time in the kitchen!
Moist Marble Cake Recipe
Now the reason you’re here is to discover how to make the perfect moist marble cake. So let’s take a look at this Easy Marble Cake with Oil recipe from Flour and Spice Blog.
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup of neutral oil (i.e. corn oil)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa
- 1 tablespoon of milk
To create this cake, all you need to do is complete the following steps:
Grease a nonstick tin (preferably a loaf tin) and preheat your oven to 350F.
Grab the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until well combined. Once mixed, set aside
Using another bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, and oil together. Whip on a high speed for around two minutes. The mixture should look creamy and yellow
Add the vanilla extract to the creamy mixture
Alternately, add the milk and flour to the creamy mixture until just mixed (be careful not to overmix at this stage)
Grab a cup of the creamy mixture into a separate bowl. Add the chocolate mix ingredients (cocoa and milk) and combine well.
Alternate between adding one dollop of the vanilla batter to the nonstick loaf tin, and then one dollop of the chocolate batter, until all the batter has been used
Using a knife, swirl the batter to create a marble effect pattern
Bake in the oven for an hour. When your cake is ready, a toothpick or knife placed into the middle of the cake should come out clean
Leave to cool on a cooling rack for around 10 minutes before serving
Other Ways To Make a Cake Moist
If oil alone isn’t making your cake moist, there are several other ways you can make a moist cake. Why not try one of these tips?
- Use Buttermilk Instead of Milk. Most cake recipes will call for milk. However, if you use buttermilk instead of regular milk, it will help to keep the cake moist as buttermilk is acidic, so is great at breaking down gluten
- Trial and Error. This may seem like an odd one, but sometimes the old saying: practice makes perfect, really is important. Try adding a bit more liquid, try taking away some flour – there is no right or wrong when it comes to baking
- Don’t Overbake. This may seem like an obvious one, but even if the cake is in the oven for a minute or two over, it starts to go crisp at the top and starts to lose all of the wonderful moisture that it’s obtained inside
- Vegetable Oil. And finally, of course, vegetable oil. Oil is what makes cakes so tender and fluffy – and is the quickest way to ensure your cake is the right texture
- Use Instant Pudding Mix. Check out this video on how the powder of pudding mix is so helpful when it comes to baking
I hope this article has helped to give you a moist marble cake recipe with oil. It may seem difficult at first, but practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to baking the best moist cake. As long as you’re following the correct recipe (the one above is one of the best!) and baking for the recommended time – you’ll have the dream cake in no time at all!
Do you have any other tips on how to make your cake moist? Or do you have your own recipe you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
Does Oil Make Cake More Moist?
Yes! That's the main reason to use oil over butter in your cakes, because it helps the cake to stay moister and tender for much longer. The reason that most cake recipes call for butter is because the taste of butter in cakes is much better. It makes the cake more creamy, sweet and flavorful. But if you're looking for moist cakes - oil is the ingredient to use!
Can We Replace Butter With Oil in Cake?
Absolutely! The two are interchangeable. If you don't use butter in a recipe, oil is a great substitute. While the taste and texture is different between the two - they both do the same job when it comes to baking.
What Oil Makes Cakes Moist?
It may surprise you, but the best oil to make your cake moist is good ol' vegetable oil! It doesn't need to expensive or fancy oil - basic oil like vegetable or olive oil will work just fine.
What is the Secret to Super Moist Cake?
The secret to super moist cake is actually using a mixture of both butter and oil! That way, not only do you get a moist cake - but you also get a flavorful cake too. And what more could you want from a cake?
Moist Marble Cake
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup neutral oil (i.e. corn oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp milk
- Grease a nonstick tin (preferably a loaf tin) and preheat your oven to 350F.
- Grab the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until well combined. Once mixed, set aside
- Using another bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, and oil together. Whip on a high speed for around two minutes. The mixture should look creamy and yellow
- Add the vanilla extract to the creamy mixture
- Alternately, add the milk and flour to the creamy mixture until just mixed (be careful not to overmix at this stage)
- Grab a cup of the creamy mixture into a separate bowl. Add the chocolate mix ingredients (cocoa and milk) and combine well.
- Alternate between adding one dollop of the vanilla batter to the nonstick loaf tin, and then one dollop of the chocolate batter, until all the batter has been used
- Using a knife, swirl the batter to create a marble effect pattern
- Bake in the oven for an hour. When your cake is ready, a toothpick or knife placed into the middle of the cake should come out clean
- Leave to cool on a cooling rack for around 10 minutes before serving
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