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Marble Chiffon Cake Recipe

Marble Chiffon Cake

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Skill Level: Expert

Recipe Rating


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 1. Heat oven to 325°F. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons oil, cocoa and 1/4 cup water in small bowl; stir until smooth. Set aside.
  • 2. Stir together flour, remaining 1-1/2 cups sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; add remaining 1/2 cup oil, egg yolks, remaining 3/4 cup water and vanilla. Beat on low speed of mixer until combined; continue beating on high speed 5 minutes.
  • 3. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in large bowl, with clean set of beaters, until stiff peaks form. Pour batter in thin stream over beaten whites, gently folding with rubber spatula just until blended. Remove one-third of batter to separate bowl; gently fold in reserved cocoa mixture.
  • 4. Place ungreased 10-inch tube pan on cookie sheet. Pour half of light batter into pan; top with half of chocolate batter. Repeat layers. With narrow spatula or knife, swirl gently through batters to marble.
  • 5. Bake 65 to 70 minutes or until top looks dry and springs back when touched lightly. Invert pan on heat-proof funnel; cool cake completely. Loosen cake from pan; invert onto serving plate. Spread VANILLA GLAZE or QUICK COCOA GLAZE over top of cake, allowing glaze to drizzle down sides. Makes 12 servings.
  • VANILLA GLAZE: Melt 1/4 cup(1/2 stick) butter or margarine in small saucepan over low heat; remove from heat. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, beating with whisk until smooth. About 1-1/4 cups glaze.
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Stir in cocoa and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating with whisk until smooth. Add additional water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency. About 2/3 cup glaze.

Ratings & Reviews

    The method used to make this cake is called the Chiffon method wherein, eggwhites are beaten until they form stiff peaks but NOT dry. Then the batter formed with the egg yolks is FOLDED to eggwhites but be very careful NOT to deflate the beaten eggwhites because it is the factor that will be giving the Chiffon cake a good rise as it bakes resulting to a very soft
    I am a beginner baker and I tried to make this cake but it did not rise, it was so dense! What did I do wrong?