Tuesday, November 5, 2013

marble butter cake

Have you heard of Mrs Ng SK?

Well, if you have not then it is time to sit up and take note.

Mrs Ng SK's claim to fame is this recipe for a butter cake that is as close to perfection as it can possibly be.

When I started blogging, I kept hearing about this lady's very famous butter cake. So finally, curiosity got the better of me and I baked the cake.

OH MY. It was as good as everyone had said! I liked it so much I simply do not dare to bake it too often because I would eat a quarter of a cake all by myself!!

So when I saw this recipe for a marble cake version, I was keen to give it a go too!

To make this cake, I started by creaming butter and sugar until the mixture turned light and fluffy.

I added the vanilla extract, and beat that into the batter.

The egg yolks were added, one by one, and beaten into the batter.

Followed by half the flour.

Then half the milk.

And the other half of the milk.

And the rest of the flour.

Until all the flour had been incorporated into the flour.

I transferred 1/3 of the batter into a bowl, and added the cocoa powder.

I whisked the egg whites with the sugar until stiff peaks formed. 1/3 of the egg white was added to the batter with the cocoa. This was folded in.

The remaining egg whites were folded into the batter without the cocoa powder.

I placed spoonfuls of cocoa batter around the the sides and middle of the cake.

And using a spatula, I made circulate motions to create swirls.

Once baked, the cake was allowed to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before I transferred it onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Words cannot describe what this cake does to up my happiness level.

Enjoy. :)

Marble Butter Cake (Serves 8-10)
Adapted from Mrs Ng SK

250g salted butter, softened at room temperature - Use the best butter you can find for this!!
150g sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self raising flour, sifted
60ml milk
10g cocoa powder

4 egg whites
50g sugar

1. Line the base, grease the sides of the baking pan.
2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in vanilla extract and beat for a while.
3. Add in egg yolks one at a time and beat well after each addition.
4. Add in half the flour, followed by milk in 2 additions, then mix in balance flour.
5. Divide the mixture into 2 portions - 1/3 of the batter and 2/3 of the batter. Add cocoa powder to 1/3 of the batter and mix well. Set both aside.
6. Beat egg whites until soft peaks, gradually add 50g sugar and beat until stiff.
7. Divide the egg whites into 2 portions - 1/3 and 2/3. Add 2/3 portion to the original batter and 1/3 portion to the cocoa batter. (For each portion, add in egg whites in 2 separate additions, mix in half first, then fold in the rest.)
8. Using a tablespoon, dollop spoonfuls of the cocoa batter onto the centre and sides of the pan. Use a spatula to make circular motions to create swirls.
9. Bake at 170C for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the thickest part of the cake emerged cleanly.
10. Cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack to cool completely.


  1. Hi Diana,
    The name Mrs. Ng SK is familiar, have seen the name in a few blogger's posts, though I do not know who this person is!
    The cake looks great, and I like simple cakes like this, especially marble butter cake!

    1. I also have no idea who she is, but I salute her for sharing this recipe. I think if she had kept it a secret and set up a shop to sell the cakes, I would definitely queue to buy!!!

  2. Didn't know she has a marble cake version! Am gonna try it soon! I loveeeee her butter cake, and all my colleagues love it too!

    1. It is delicious right?? I want to make again. soon. hahaha :)

  3. Hi Diana,

    Just wanted to check, which pan size did you use for this recipe?

    1. Thank you so much for your very prompt reply!