This is one of my favorite easy cakes. I usually have this for my birthday cake.

Marble Crumb Cake


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour one 13×9 inch cake pan.

    2 Combine 1/2 cup of the flour and the brown sugar, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly, stir in the chopped nuts and set aside.

    3 In a double boiler or microwave melt chocolate chips and set aside to cool.

    4 In a large bowl mix the remaining 2 cups flour, white sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the shortening, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Blend and then beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.

    5 Combine 1 cup of the batter and the melted cooled chocolate, mix well.

    6 Alternate spooning the light and the dark batters into the prepared 13×9 cake pan. Cut through with a knife to marble. Sprinkle top with the reserved nut mixture.

    7 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Let cake cool and enjoy!


jessica14 Says... 19 May 2010 , 5:16pm

is this sturdy enough to use as in a wedding cake or stacked cake?

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