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Red Velvet Cake takes a place of stature here in the south. It is sure to be a part of plenty of Christmas dessert buffets and always seems to be one of the first cakes to disappear.

But, there is another way that I love Red Velvet Cake that I think you’ll enjoy, too.

A Red Velvet Marble Cake.

Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe

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Oh yeah, it’s good.

With a generous spread of cream cheese frosting on the top and a cold glass of milk or hot cup of coffee, it’s pretty amazing actually.

No fiddling with layers and crumb coats.

Just pure deliciousness.

Red Velvet Cake Recipe 2

My recipe for Red Velvet Marble Cake is the perfect answer for those Christmas parties or other get togethers where you want to serve something just a little bit different from the classic recipes, but with a nod to the tradition.

And you know, I’m thinking it might be just perfect for Valentine’s Day, too.

Here’s my Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe. I hope you love it!

5 from 1 vote

Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe

Dessert 1 hr 10 mins

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Servings 16
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Red Velvet Marble Cake is a fun twist on the favorite classic red velvet cake.


For the Red Velvet Batter

  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar

For the Butter Cake Batter

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare 9 x 13 baking pan with butter and flour or a baking spray.

For the Red Velvet Batter

  • Cream together vegetable shortening, sugar and eggs.
  • Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa and add to mixture.
  • Add salt and flour with buttermilk and vanilla.
  • Alternately add soda and vinegar; just blend, don’t beat hard.

For the Butter Cake Batter

  • In a separate bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add flour and salt, mix well.

For the Red Velvet Marble Cake

  • Spread red velvet cake batter across bottom of prepared baking pan.
  • Add dollops of butter cake batter alternately across red velvet cake batter.
  • Run knife through batter to marbleize.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes at 350º or until toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. You can follow my tips for how to tell when your cake is done.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

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Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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Recipe Review


  1. Hi Robyn,

    I am going to try your red velvet marble recipe for cupcakes…do you recommend 1/2 full or 3/4 full cupcakes? And any other suggestions you can think of would be appreciated when trying cupcakes with this recipe. Thanks! Nichol

  2. I tried this recipe twice both times it rose too high and was dry it didn’tlook at all like picture I would love to have it come out like picture I followed directions precisely and kept close eye on baking time so as not to overtake but it ended up dry ☹️

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