Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake with Raspberry Frosting

There was a little boy who turned 5 years old.  And he wanted vanilla cake for his birthday, but a little bit of chocolate should be included for his mom.  The cake HAD to have raspberry frosting.

5 years old

This unique birthday request required some recipe manipulation.  Crunchy moms don’t have recipes chalked full of . . . shall we say . . . sugar.

However, as you can see, I devised a recipe.  And it was good.

If I say so myself.

I would highly recommend that you eat Gabe’s Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake on the day of baking . . . and serve it slightly warm.

Gabe claims it is the best cake he has ever eaten in all his five years.

sprouted wheat vanilla chocolate marble cake


Vanilla Chocolate Sprouted Wheat Marble Cake

Ingredients (for Vanilla batter)

Wonder Mill Grain Container

Ingredients for Chocolate Batter

Directions for Vanilla Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  “Coconut” or butter* a 9×13 glass pan, see my trick on this at the bottom of the post.

ingredients rich in nutrients

Beat softened butter in an stand mixer with sugar until it becomes so fluffy the temptation is to taste it with your finger.

Add eggs one at a time until combined, topping the mixture off with vanilla.

baking with kids

In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.  Add half of the dry ingredients to your butter bowl while the mixer is on low speed.  You might want to wear an apron for this.

freshly ground wheat

Alternate adding buttermilk with remaining dry ingredients.

gentle pouring into Kitchen Aide

Set vanilla batter aside briefly after spooning out HALF of the batter into a separate bowl.

vanilla cake batter

Chocolate Batter Directions

chocolate cake filling

Mix cocoa and hot water together.

Stir the cocoa batter into the separated vanilla batter.

chocolate and vanilla cake batter bowls

Now for the fun part — creating the art of a beautifully marbled cake.

How to Marble Cake

Take turns spooning chocolate and vanilla batter into your cake pan.  It is OK if the batters mix slightly.  It improves digestion.  {smiles}

creating a marble cake

Once you have used all of the batter, take a knife and weave through the mounds of batter, earnestly trying to link the batters but not marry them — or blend them.

use a knife to gently blend vanilla and chocolate batter


marble cake swirl

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.

baked marble cake

How to “Coconut” Your Baking Dish

coating a cake pan

Currently my coconut oil is liquid due to the heat, which means that I used it to “butter” my pan.  I coat the baking dish with coconut oil before sprinkling it with cocoa.  Can you tell I like chocolate?

cocoa and coconut to create non-stick surface

You probably want to know how I made the Raspberry Frosting.  Oh . . . be prepared for an insanely refreshing taste on your tongue.  The frosting makes this “heavy” cake suddenly light and refreshing.

Raspberry Frosting

Raspberries for icing


  • 1 cup softenened butter
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup raspberries (I actually used frozen raspberries)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar (hear me that I hardly EVER use this . . . white sugar — but it was his birthday)
  •  1 tsp vanilla

blowing out birthday candles


homemade butter raspberry icing

In a stand mixer beat all ingredients together until fluffy.

Spread over the marbled cake once it is reasonably cool.

raspberry icing marble cake

raspberry icing on a marble cake


About Granola Mom 4 God

The daily duty in Jodi’s home is to see what kind of bacteria she can grow in a Mason Jar. In addition, she nourishes, photographs, teaches, and loves on three boys and one baby girl. She brews her own coffee & considers instruction in this art as part of the school day. Jodi is married to her high school sweetheart who supports her passion for blogging about fermenting, sprouting, whole foods, homeschooling, essential oils, home-birthing, and gardening. You can visit her at her personal blog, Granola Mom 4God or her Naturally His, her essential oil blog.

Grain Mill Wagon Experience: Having the Wondermill in our home has truly been a blessing, if you can call a kitchen appliance one. It came as a literal answer to prayer and has been used EXTENSIVELY in our kitchen and to bless others with freshly sprouted and ground flour. The Grain Mill Wagon Challenge was a fun way to include my children and have them help me bake in the kitchen. I think we will continue to pretend that we are part of the ongoing group of bloggers who use their WonderMill. I know my kids want more cookies and the opportunity to help the grain go down the Wondermill shoot.

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4 Responses to Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake with Raspberry Frosting

  1. Gwenn Gohr says:

    Essential oils are used in a variety of ways, and include aromatherapy massage – where the oil is absorbed through the skin and vaporization where the essential oil molecules enter the bloodstream via the lungs.Essential oils are also used medicinally and taken internally, but this must NOT be undertaken by the layperson, but should only be done under the treatment and direction of a qualified medical practitioner.

    Good day

    • Granola Mom 4 God Jodi says:

      Thank you for your comment. However there are different types of essential oils used. Similarly there are two schools of thought, the British and the French. I have been educated under the French school of thought and therefore use therapeutic grade essential oils which are produced under the highest standards. The oils I use are safe for ingestion, inhalation, and diffusing. TGEO are from the plant and when distilled from the plant without solvents, are safe for all to use — diluted and neat if from Young Living.

  2. Lexie says:

    I’m about to make this for my little girl’s 5th birthday party! 🙂

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