Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe

Moist Red Velvet Marble Cake recipe makes a dessert that looks as good as it tastes. Plus, get tips for making the perfect marble swirls.
Red Velvet Marble Cake

Once in a while, I like to grab one of my recipes and give it some new life.

And this Red Velvet Marble Cake is definitely worth some new love!

Red Velvet Marble Cake

Red velvet is one of those cakes that I have trouble passing up. This cake, though, is a bit different than the normal red velvet layer cake.

Red Velvet Marble Cake

It’s a red velvet cake meets a pound cake, and the resulting cake is rich and delicious!

The technique for making the swirls is easy, and it gives you a great effect without the risk of blending the batters together. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day or Christmas dessert that would be just as at home any other time of the year.

See just how easy it is to make this red velvet marble cake!

Red Velvet Marble Cake
4.63 from 8 votes

Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe

Easy recipe to make perfectly swirled red velvet marble cake.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 345 kcal
Author i heart eating


  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk

Red Velvet Swirl

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoons red food color


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 10-15-cup bundt pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, sugar, and yogurt until well-combined.
  4. Stir in vanilla until combined.
  5. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition.
  6. On low, stir in flour mixture until just incorporated.
  7. Stir in milk until combined.
  8. In a separate large bowl, stir together 2 ½ cups of the batter, cocoa powder, milk, and red food coloring until well-combined.
  9. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, drop two scoops of plain batter into prepared bundt pan.
  10. Drop one scoop of red velvet swirl batter on top of plain batter.
  11. Continue to alternate between plain and red velvet swirl batters until both batters are gone.
  12. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  13. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  14. Invert the cake onto wire rack, and cool completely.

Recipe Notes

*I suggest using unsweetened cocoa powder rather than Dutch-processed because it lets more of the red color come through on the swirl.

**Disclaimer: I'm not a nutritionist. Nutrition facts are estimates. 

Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Marble Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 202mg 8%
Potassium 148mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 32g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 9%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    November 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Are you able to provide Nutrition Information for this recipe?


    • Reply
      November 13, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a way to provide the nutrition facts.

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    September 30, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Hi Kate
    Thank you for the lovely recipe, a quistion please, can I use like normal yogurt instead of Greek one??

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      September 30, 2017 at 11:50 am

      I haven’t tried substituting regular yogurt in this recipe. I’ve tried subbing regular yogurt for Greek yogurt in muffin recipes and other cake recipes, and it worked well. So, I can’t say for sure, but I think it will work out. Good luck! =)

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    August 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Can I substitute buttermilk fir the greek yoghurt?

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      August 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

      I haven’t tried substituting the full amount of Greek yogurt with buttermilk in this recipe, so I can’t so for sure how well it will work. If you don’t have Greek yogurt, sour cream would be the closest substitute.

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    April 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I did everything your instructions say and mine was not clumpy at all. It’s very runny.

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      April 1, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Could you give me more info? I’m not sure what you mean by it wasn’t clumpy. This isn’t a runny cake batter, so I’m not sure what went wrong for you. There are a couple things I can think of. One would be using regular yogurt in place of Greek yogurt, and a second would be having your butter too soft to being with. When butter is room temperature, you should be able to dent it when you press it, but it shouldn’t be so warm that it’s even close to melting.

      Also, I have a video showing the process on this page. Maybe that would help?

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    March 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I substitute it with sour cream and Apple cherry sauce and it was amazing

    • Reply
      March 27, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Glad you liked it! =)

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    February 25, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Can you substitute the cake flour with all purpose flour?

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      February 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      You can, but cake flour and all-purpose flour come out to be slightly different both by weight and by volume, so it’s not a nice 1:1 ratio. Also, cake flour gives you a softer, more tender cake. If you don’t keep cake flour, you can make your own. Here’s the formula: 1 cup AP flour – 2 Tablespoons AP flour + 2 Tablespoons cornstarch (sift together) = 1 cup cake flour.

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    Um Talal
    February 8, 2017 at 5:16 am

    I made this today…it came out so delish and moist…my kids and hubby are loving this…thank you for sharing this great recipe…lots of love from♡ Kingdom of Bahrain🇧🇭

    • Reply
      February 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

      So glad you liked it! It’s so fun to hear from people around the world who have made my recipes! Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment. =)

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    January 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Kate. I want to make this, but I don’t have any kind of yoghurt. What can i use as substitute and how much? Will butter or oil or homemade buttermilk do? Thanks. 😊

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      January 7, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Hi! The easiest substitute for the Greek yogurt in the recipe would be an additional cup of butter. You could also substitute sour cream (low-fat or full-fat) at a 1:1 ratio.

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    January 3, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I tried this…. it is yum… family loved it … thanks a lot for sharing the recipe

    • Reply
      January 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

      I’m so glad that you and your family enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment! I always like to hear things like this. =)

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    December 28, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Hi Kate!

    Would you mind me sharing this recipe on the company I work for’s blog? I would link back to your page specifically of course!

    Please let me know!


    • Reply
      December 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Hi, Kourtney! I emailed you. =)

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    December 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Making this today far my job Christmas party!

    • Reply
      December 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Yay!! Hope you all enjoy it! =)

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    November 6, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Trying this today

    • Reply
      November 6, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Great! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! =)

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    October 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I made this cake! it was amazing! Very moist! I didn’t and won’t change a think!!

    • Reply
      October 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I’m so glad you like the cake! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

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    Celeste @The Whole Serving
    January 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Love the combination, such a pretty cake. Love the rich red color of the red velvet.

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      January 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you so much!! =)

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    January 19, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Hi! I’m gonna try this also!! I have two questions. In my country we have no such thing as cake flour, do I use a plain one and do I have to change any of the proportions? And T stands for tablespoons I guess?

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      January 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      I haven’t made this recipe with all-purpose flour, but I would guess that it’s different. You can make cake flour using all-purpose flour and cornstarch. Is cornstarch available? Yes, T = tablespoon and tsp = teaspoon.

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        January 24, 2016 at 7:05 am

        Yes cornstarch is available but what proportions should I use?

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          January 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

          1 cup all-purpose flour – 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour + 2 Tablespoons cornstarch = 1 cup cake flour. Sift the flour a few times or whisk to fully incorporate the cornstarch into the flour.

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    January 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    This looks fabulous, and so simple! Sounds like a great choice for a Valentine’s Day treat. I’ll definitely be trying it!

    • Reply
      January 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! =)

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