These easy marble mini cakes are a fun personal size, a marble of chocolate and vanilla cake, and made quickly in under half an hour. The cakes are light, being oil free and dairy free, perfect for any holiday or just for fun.
These easy marble mini cakes are easy to make, the cakes have a soft delicious texture, and the swirl of marble is very festive and easy to do.
And the cakes are mini-sized, made with a fluffy texture even though there is no oil or eggs. And they are personal-sized cakes, as in one-cake-per-person. So you can have a whole cake to yourself and it is not even rude!
I made mine here is cocotte pots which are kind of pricey, so you can use these 4-inch cake pans as well, or even as cupcakes. If you are looking for cupcakes though, I have your back with my healthy chocolate cupcakes, my hot chocolate cupcakes, and my chocolate dipped cupcakes.
Why You'll Love This
Fun, personal sized cakes. These cakes make 4-inch mini cakes that are perfect for individuals or to serve at a party. Also they are marble, so add that aesthetic and taste appeal of a chocolate and vanilla cake.
Quick and easy. This cake is made from one batter. Just mix up the vanilla batter and add cocoa to a portion of it. Combine batters, draw a swirl with a knife, and bake.
Fits all diets and allergies. These fun personal sized cakes fit all diets. They are egg and oil free, and yet eggs can be used if you prefer Anyone can eat these cakes including those who eat dairy free, vegan, gluten free, paleo, nut free and oil free.
Vanilla Cake Batter
- all-purpose flour
- cane sugar
- lemon juice
- dairy free milk
- applesauce, unsweetened
- leaveners, salt and vanilla
Chocolate Cake Batter
- vanilla cake batter
- cocoa powder
Are you interested in these cute cocotte pots? I link to them in the recipe below.
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
How to Make
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps. This recipe makes enough for 5-6 mini cakes.
Step 1: Prep steps, preheat the oven and coat each cocotte with coconut oil and dust with cocoa powder.
Step 2: Into a large mixing bowl, add the ACV and milk, and set aside for 10 minutes to activate.
Step 3: Add the sugar to wet ingredients and stir by hand for one minute. Add the dry ingredients and use a hand mixer to combine.
Step 4: Make the chocolate batter. Remove 1 cup of the vanilla batter and combine it with the chocolate ingredients, hand-mixing until you have a smooth batter.
Step 5: Pour the vanilla batter into each cocotte until ½ filled. Swirl in chocolate batter into each cocotte until each cocotte is ¾ filled. Put the cocottes uncovered directly onto the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick pulls clean.
Expert tip: If you don't happen to have 4-inch cake pots, line a cupcake tray with paper liners and bake for 14-16 minutes.
Make sure you measure the flour correctly. I use the fluff and level method - use a fork to fluff up the flour in the bag, spoon the flour you need into measuring cups and level them off exactly with a knife that is perpendicular to the top of the cup.
Make sure the wet ingredients are at room temperature.
Don't over swirl the vanilla and chocolate batter - you don't want to blend the two flavors, you want a design.
How to Serve
Do you like my pots? I happen to own six of these Staub cast iron cocottes. It is a bit unusual to bake in them. Mostly people use them for soups and other savory fare. But the pots are so pretty, you can actually serve the baked cake right in the pot.
I normally put a big bowl of coconut whipped cream and fresh berries on the table and let guests help themselves. These particular pots are cast iron and sort of pricey, but there are copycats out there, that would work as well. Just be sure they can be baked in.
Sure. Any nut or oat milk is fine.
No, it reacts with baking soda and causes the cake to rise.
The ACV and apple sauce.
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Marble Mini Cakes
Make vanilla cake batter
Make chocolate cake batter
- 1 cup vanilla cake batter
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon apple sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Grease each cocotte or cake pan with butter and dust with cocoa powder. Or whatever pan you are using.
- Into a large mixing bowl, add the lemon juice and milk, and set aside for 10 minutes to activate.
Make the Vanilla Cake Batter
- Add the sugar to wet ingredients and stir by hand for one minute.½ cup cane sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, ½ cup almond milk, ¼ cup applesauce, unsweetened, 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Add the dry ingredients and use a hand mixer to combine.1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt
Make the Chocolate Cake Batter
- Remove 1 cup of the vanilla batter and combine it with the chocolate ingredients, hand-mixing until you have a smooth batter.1 cup vanilla cake batter, 2 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon apple sauce
Make the Marble Cake
- Pour the vanilla batter into each cocotte or cake pan until ½ filled. Swirl in chocolate batter into each cocotte until each cocotte is ¾ filled. Or do the same whatever pan you are using.
- Put the cocottes or cake pans uncovered directly onto the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick pulls clean.
- Let the cakes cool in their pans until ready to remove. Use a sharp knife to run around the edges of each cocotte or serve directly in the cooled pot.