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How to make milk kefir gluten free marble cake

I love a piece of cake from time to time. It is one of my comfort foods. I try to make it as healthy as possible, but sometimes a bit of sugar is unavoidable! Check this healthy recipe to make milk kefir gluten free marble cake.

I usually avoid wheat and sugar as much as possible, but I make a few exceptions. One of them is this delicious cake with the unavoidable sugar. I also like to include fermented foods wherever I can. I use my leftover milk kefir to make this cake.

This is the cake I make time and time again. It is so easy to make. I took the regular marble cake recipe, and I started tweaking it by replacing the milk by the milk kefir, one to one. But soon realised my milk kefir is quite thick as it is made with raw milk. So I increased the amount. The recipe below is what I usually use. Please note I am not a very precise person when it comes to measurements, let alone tweaked ones! So my measurements are give or take.


200 grams of butter
225 grams of flour (I use gluten free, a mix of rice and millet flour)
100 grams of sugar
3 eggs
a pinch of salt
1 tsp of vanilla
half tsp bicarbonate of sodium
1 tsp baking powder
about 150 grams of milk kefir (if you are using milk, then it is about 80g)
20 grams of cocoa


Mix all dry ingredients together (except cocoa and 50 grams of milk kefir), then all the wet ones and incorporate. After you have a nice mix, put half of the mixture in an oiled/buttered cake pan. Add the cocoa and the rest of the milk kefir to the second half of the mixture. Then add it onto the top of the white mixture, get a spoon and mix it circles. Not all of it needs to be mixed, you would want to have some parts black, and others white.

Bake for about 50 minutes in a preheated oven at 180° C. Let it cool.

I also make the same cake with other flours whenever I don’t have the bought one. I might post another recipe with homemade flours in the future.

Enjoy this milk kefir gluten free marble cake with your favourite people, and your favourite latte!

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  • Tamara
    March 29, 2019

    Yum, marble cake is one of my very favorites! As a kid I always wanted this for my birthday.
    What is the reason you prefer fermented foods?

    • Claudia
      April 3, 2019

      I love anything fermented, it is good for my gut. And in the case of this cake, when you make it with fermented milk, the cake is super spongy. I only make it when I have leftover kefir, otherwise I use milk.

  • Vanessa
    March 29, 2019

    I like marble cake and I made one last night. I love the smell of backing in my home.
    In my case it was a lactosefree version. I don’t like sugar very much, either, so I always reduce it or I use substitution in my cake.

  • Helen Lyu Abt
    July 15, 2019

    Which gluten free flour do you like to use? This is perfect bin time for Elin’s birthday!

    • Claudia
      August 17, 2019

      Hi Helen, I buy it in Alnatura. It is a mix of millet, rice, and I believe it has a bit of corn. Not sure anymore. That is the only GF flour they offer so far. I also make this cake with oats and millet, sometimes I add a bit of buckwheat.