3 Edwardian Marble Cake Recipes

Three delicious and easy Edwardian marble cake recipes from 1902 – two classic marble cake recipes with chocolate and one flavored with just spices: cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.

Edwardian Marble Cake Recipe

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, marble cakes were usually flavored with spices – cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg – instead of with chocolate or cocoa powder. While the light part of the marble cake was usually made with just egg whites, the dark part was colored with brown sugar, molasses and egg yolks – no chocolate or cocoa powder!

But in the Edwardian era there were already chocolate marble cakes. Below are three Edwardian marble cake recipes – one with spices and two with chocolate – all from 1902. Historical cake recipes are usually very sweet so feel free to reduce the amount of sugar.

Old-Fashioned Marble Cake
Edwardian marble cake and Victorian cookbook: Modern Cookery For Private Families


Edwardian Marble Cake Recipes

Spice Marble Cake From 1902

Light Part
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp  soda + 1 tsp cream of tartar (or 1 1/2 tsp baking powder)
  • 1 tsp vanilla or lemon flavoring
Dark Part
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 1/4 tsp soda + 3/4 tsp cream of tartar (or 1 tsp baking powder)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp each of cloves, allspice and nutmeg

‘Beat thoroughly. Put in the pan a layer of the dark batter, then large spoonfuls of the white light until all the batter is used. Bake one hour.’ (Three Meals A Day, 1902)

-> Edwardian Spice Marble Cake


Victorian Marble Cake
Chocolate marble cake from 1902


Chocolate Marble Cake From 1902

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp baking chocolate + a little cream

‘Two cups sugar, three fourths cup butter, three cups flour, one cup milk, four well-beaten eggs, two teaspoonfuls baking powder. Take one cup of this batter and mix with four table-spoonfuls of chocolate, dissolved in a little cream. Cover the bottom of the pan with white batter, and drop a spoonful of the chocolate mixture upon it in places, which will form rings; then another layer of white and dark until all is used. Bake in a moderate oven.’ (The Home Cyclopedia Of Cooking And Housekeeping, 1902)


Marble Cake From Scratch
Edwardian chocolate marble cake with custard buttercream and peaches

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Chocolate Marble Cake With Egg Whites From 1902

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 oz baking chocolate + 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder

‘Put one ounce of chocolate and one tablespoonful of butter in a cup, and set this in a pan of boiling water. Beat to a cream one-half cup of butter and one cup of sugar. Gradually beat in half a cup of milk. Now add the whites of six eggs, beaten to a stiff froth; one teaspoonful of vanilla, and a one and one-half cups of sifted flour, in which is mixed one teaspoonful of baking-powder. Put about one-third of this mixture into another bowl and stir the melted butter and chocolate into it. Drop the white-and-brown mixture in spoonfuls into a well-buttered, deep cake-pan, and bake in a moderate oven for about forty-five minutes; or, the cake can be baked in a sheet and iced with a chocolate or white icing.’ (The Ideal Cook Book, 1902)


Old-Fashioned Chocolate Marble Cake

27 thoughts on “3 Edwardian Marble Cake Recipes

  1. I am intrigued by this old-fashioned marble cake. It looks beautiful but I am curious about the yellow strip at the base of the cake. Did you include some kind of lemon curd filling?

  2. I did not realise the marbling in Edwardian cake recipes wasn’t chocolate, Lina! I found this post so interesting! Thank you so much for sharing it, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Pinning. Have a lovely week!

  3. Your cake turned out so pretty. I love that you got these recipes from an old cookbook. It is funny but I never thought of someone making a cake this fancy over a Century ago. Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friday Link Party.

  4. This is fascinating Lina, I had no idea at all that the marble cake that we all know and love today started out being made with spices and no chocolate at all. Out of curiosity which of the recipes did you use for the images? #CookBlogShare
    Angela x

  5. Your Marble Cake is so pretty and will be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and sure hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  6. Would love to make this and am intrigued by the custard butterflies. Would you share that recipe too, please. Or did I miss the link for it.

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