Vanilla and Chocolate Marbled Bundt Cake

Classic vanilla cake is swirled with a rich, chocolate layer and chocolate chips to create an easy homemade bundt cake everyone calls a favorite.


To Grease the Pan

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons flour

For the Chocolate Syrup

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup natural cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • ½ cup freshly brewed strong hot coffee
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cake Batter

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 34 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 to 2½ cups powdered sugar


  1. To prepare the pan, preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the butter in a 12-cup Bundt pan and grease the pan with your fingers, making sure to grease all the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle the flour all over the pan and knock out the excess.
  2. To make the chocolate syrup, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, coffee, and honey in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup starts to boil. Bring to a simmer, whisking to make sure there are no lumps. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
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