Lemon-Molasses Marble Cake


Preparation info

  • Makes one 9- to 10 inch tube cake; serves about


    • Difficulty


Appears in

Classic Home Desserts

By Richard Sax

Published 1994

  • About

Marble cake is among the most enduring of American cakes. In early recipes, the batter isn’t made with chocolate, but with a spiced molasses batter offset by a pale lemon batter.

Marble cake begins to turn up in American cookbooks in the late 1800s. This one is adapted from an old recipe from Mary Leize Simons of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s extraordinary—a big, dramatic-looking cake baked in a Bundt or tube pan—moist and full of flavor.