Reverse Creaming Method Marble Cake

Reverse Creaming Method:

This is my classic chocolate and vanilla marble snacking cake made with the reverse creaming method.

The reverse creaming method is a technique where you beat softened butter into the dry ingredients. The butter coats the flour, which creates a barrier and slows the creation of gluten when it is mixed with the liquid in the recipe.  You end up with a more tender, velvety cake texture.The reverse creaming method was introduced by Rose Levy Beranbaum in the early 1980s.  I’ve made this cake using the regular method for mixing cakes and the reverse creaming with exactly the same ingredients, and I can tell you it does make a difference.  Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.


  • Make sure that your butter is soft. This will ensure that you only have to mix the minimum amount of time to get a smooth and homogeneous frosting.
  • Beat on the lowest speed of your mixer. Beating at a high speed for an extended amount of time will incorporate too much air into the frosting and will not be smooth. Don’t be tempted to speed the process up by increasing the mixture speed, be patient and you will be rewarded with beautifully smooth buttercream!
  • Use the frosting immediately.

Marble Snack Cake with Chocolate Buttercream


Cake Batter

  • 120 grams of All-Purpose Flour 1 Cup
  • 55 grams of Cake Flour 1/2 Cup
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Kosher Salt
  • 175 Grams of Sugar Granulated Sugar 3/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons
  • 57 Grams of Room Temperature Unsalted Butter 4 Tablespoons
  • 60 ml of Vegetable Oil 4 Tablespoons
  • 2 Large Whole Room Temperature Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 180 ml of Room Temperature Buttermilk 3/4 Cup
  • 2 ounces of Semi-Sweet Chocolate melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Chocolate Sourcream Buttercream Frosting

  • 114 grams of Unsalted Room Temperature Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sour Cream
  • 150 grams of Powdered Sugar
  • 25 grams of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1/4 Cup
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract


Cake Batter

  • Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  • Butter the bottom and sides of an 8" round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and butter the parchment. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift the flours, baking soda and baking powder together.
  • Add the salt and the sugar and beat on low with the paddle attachment for 30 seconds or until combined.
  • Add the room temperature butter and beat on low speed until the mixture looks like sand, about 2-3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the butter/flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
  • Diivide the batter evenly into 2 bowls.
  • Add the melted and cooled chocolate and the cocoa powder to one portion of the batter and whisk until combined and smooth.
  • Randomly dollp the 2 batters into the prepared pan and swirl using a flat knife.
  • Bake for 35-38 minutes or until the top springs back when gently pressed.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a rack to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the pan and place it on a rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Sourcream Buttercream Frosting

  • Place the butter and sour cream in a bowl and using a hand mixer. Beat until the butter and sour cream are smooth and combined.
  • Sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa and add it to the bowl with the salt. Beat until smooth and combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Frost the top of the cake.