Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe


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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!

Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe

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Red Velvet Marble Cake is a fun twist on the favorite classic red velvet cake.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16


For the Red Velvet Batter

  • 1/4 cup (46 g) shortening
  • 1 cup (198 g) sugar
  • 1 large (50 g) egg
  • 1 ounce (28 g) red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon (5.25 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1.3 g) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (4.7 g) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (113.5) buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) vinegar

For the Butter Cake Batter


  • 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.


The nutritional information does not include frosting.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 451IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Jesslyn says:

    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 ☹️

  2. Dawn says:

    Would this be an easy recipe to make into cupcakes?

  3. Faith says:

    Hi Robyn! What would be the best substitute for vegetable shortening?

  4. Fatima says:

    These look pretty! Can I know what colors u used? The red looks pretty fuscia! I love it