Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake

I have this problem where I have lots of ideas for Valentine’s day desserts but no boyfriend to share them with.

Unless we’re counting Jon Snow as a boyfriend, but honestly, I’m much more devoted to this relationship than he is.

Looks like this ship isn’t going anywhere. 

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Because apparently it’s still illegal to kidnap a grown-up man and force it to spend the day with you watching cheesy films (love actually on loop) and eating chocolates… no matter how many  heart-shaped pink baked goodies you give them in exchange.

Not that I checked on google or something.

You guys promise me you’ll never tell him about this blog when we get married. I really don’t want to come out as a creep, you know.

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Anyway, seeing that if getting a boyfriend was a subject in university I’d be getting all C’s, I think I’ll be trying to excel at a different subject now.

Maths? Nah, that’s boring.


Winged eyeliner? Nope, still failing that one… on the bright side, if looking like a racoon 24/7 was a subject I’d be getting all straight A’s.

Doing laundry when it’s due before I end up buying myself a new pack of undies? I think that if one was actually a subject I’d get the lowest mark…

Doing my bloggy-work and posting a recipe for pink cake on time for Valentine’s day? YEP! That’s a subject I can keep on with!

I actually did my health-food blogger homework this time and got to make a naturally dyed, healthy cake which tastes reeeaaaaally nice and doesn’t taste “”””healthy”””” in the slightest.

Now, where’s my honors degree?????

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Better yet, I got to make it pink without using beets.

Have I already told you about my feeling towards beets? I love the whole beet concept: they’re gorgeous (that bright pink colour is just so cool!), they’re super healthy and hip but I JUST CANNOT GET OVER THE FACT THAT THEY TASTE LIKE WORN SOCKS.

Sorry not sorry. I guess I’ll have to have some points removed off my health blogger card… which is already quite low after last week (celebrating the end of final season parties much?)… yep.

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Let’s get back to beets. I really REALLY want to like them, but I just cannot bring myself to it. No matter how hard I try, their taste will always remind me of the pile of socks which have been sitting on my laundry basket for a month now…

And it’s not as if I haven’t tried, I tell you. Lately, I’ve been making myself eat some crispy beetroot chips in a poor attempt to like them. And guess what? They actually taste like food! But then again there’s the fact that they frickin’ make your pee red which makes me hate beets with a burning passion again.

Like, you know, I’d rather not think I’m going to die every time I use the toilet, thank you very much.

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Enough talking about them, let’s get back to my favourite topic ever: cake.

This one is pretty enough for Valentine’s day, and so delicious that you’ll want to have it everyday! Super moist (oddly enough, that’s not a word I dislike… I mean, there are much worse things to hate, for example beets and burpees, among others), fluffy and absolutely irresistible. I couldn’t stop myself from reaching for another slice over and over!

Sweet enough for dessert, but healthy enough to make an appereance at your breakfast table. Cake for breakfast? Yes please!

Pink cake for breakfast? YES JUST YES!

I made this one healthier thanks to greek yogurt, olive oil and this superfood cranberry powder that the folks over at Finnberry were kind enough to send me.

Cranberry Powder -

Let me tell you that these powders are the bomb. Not only are they packed with antioxidants and vitamins, they also make your food super duper pretty, Jon Snow kind of pretty. How cool is that?

Check them out to add that little extra oomph that your desserts need!

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake
Serves 8
Are you in need of a pretty Valentine's day dessert idea which tastes delicious and it's also healthy? Look no further, this marbled loaf has you covered!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 310 grams unbleached white flour
  2. 180gr. sugar
  3. 15 gr. baking powder
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 150 ml. low fat buttermilk
  6. 75 gr. oil
  7. 260 grams 2% greek yogurt
  8. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  9. 3 tbsp. cranberry powder
  1. Whisk flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl until combined.
  2. Add eggs, oli, greek yogurt, buttermilk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  3. Divide batter in two bowls.
  4. Add 3 tbsp. of cranberry powder to one half of the batter and stir to combine. You might want to add a couple of tablespoons of sugars more if you don't like the tartness of the cranberries!
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the vanilla batter in a small loaf pan. Next add spoonfuls of the pink batter and DO NOT STIR THEM. Drop more of the vanilla batter and then more of the pink batter. DO NOT SWIRL THEM. The marbled pattern will create itself!
  6. Bake at 200ºC for 35-40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool before cutting! Enjoy!
  1. If you use a larger baking pan your loaf will not rise as much!
  2. Top it with greek yogurt, coconut whipped cream or fresh berries for an extra delicious dessert.
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That is all for today folks! May you all have a lovely Valentine’s day, whether you spend it being cute to you SO or binge-watching series and eating chocolates by yourself 😉



  • Reply renee@ Two in the Kitchen February 10, 2015 at 12:53 am

    This post made me laugh out loud! thanks for that!! And this CAKE!!! Ahhhhh, it looks sensational and I am SOO going to make it!! Happy Valentine’s Day Consuelo! Man or no man!! 😉

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan February 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I love beets but won’t hold your beet-hate against you if you promise to share a slice of this cake with me! 🙂

  • Reply josefinetm February 11, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Haha, I have the exact same problem 😉 But hey, that means more delicious food just for me
    This looks wonderful

  • Reply Annie February 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Oh my WORD THANK YOU. Beets taste like CRAP for baking. Nothing makes my heart sink more than seeing “Healthy Red Velvet!!” emblazoned across a post only to find the main ingredient is a whole freaking bowl of mashed nasty.

    I’m probably the pickiest person ever when it comes to red velvet so I’m sure that doesn’t help 😉

    GORGEOUS cake. I must make it. Happy Valentine’s pretty girl!

  • Reply marianapdesousa February 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    You’re definitely excelling at cakes. Perfect for eating in front of tv with or without boyfriend! I am working all day tomorrow so I am going to be grumpy on V Day x

  • Reply rubyredapron February 14, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Aww, beets aren’t so bad. I actually love them. (Runs and hides)

    Anyway! This marbled cake looks absolutely pretty! Honors degree earned here! I need to find me some cranberry powder. 🙂

  • Reply whiskandshout February 14, 2015 at 5:35 am

    This is so cute! Love the cranberry powder 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie Guo February 15, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Omg! Yum~ This looks delicious! I’ve never heard of cranberry powder, but it seems really cool!

  • Reply Ashley February 16, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Marbled cakes are just so so pretty! This one is no exception! Looks and sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Monica February 16, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    If there’s ever a day to have cake for breakfast, it would be Valentine’s Day. : ) I loved learning about cranberry powder…there are so many things to discover! I hope you had a nice V-day and treated yourself well with some delicious food and treats. The table spread looks wonderful.

  • Reply Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 16, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    You know I’m all about cake for breakfast! This looks perfect. Hope you had a nice weekend!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen February 17, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Consuelo, you make me LOL every single time I visit here! I read every single word in your posts, because I don’t want to miss a chance at cracking up. I love you girl! And, this cake looks amazing. BTW, I did *NOT* know those details about beets! It made me LOL and now I know what to look for! You silly girl!

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor February 17, 2015 at 4:13 am

    No beets?! I guess they are an acquired taste 😉 Personally I love them, but I am even more intrigued by this cranberry powder. The color of this bread is stunning and goes well with a big pile of berries.

  • Reply Elizabeth @ February 17, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Gorrrrgeous! Who needs a man when you have cake instead? As a fellow beet-hater, I’m so thrilled you found an alternative to that nasty stuff. 🙂

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou February 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    What a great cake Consuelo, and with all those berries…YUM!

  • Reply Erin | Well Plated February 19, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I’d say no boyfriend/husband is a benefit where this cake is concerned, because then I could have it all to myself 🙂

  • Reply Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat February 20, 2015 at 3:24 am

    This cake is so pretty! I cannot wait to try this!

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life February 20, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Seriously, boyfriends are overrated. This cake on the other hand, holy cannoli, this needs to be illegal it looks so darn good! That pink swirl is gorgeous and the texture is making me drool just looking at it. Wishing I had this for breakfast! Pinned!

  • Reply Danguole February 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Girl, we don’t need no man! Cake will never break our hearts.

    This is gorgeous and I love the flavors. And let me tell you, even as someone who loves loves LOVES beets: I totally understand why they’re not everyone’s thing. The socks thing made me LOL for real.

  • Reply aspoonfulofnature February 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Enserio esque esta todo tan bien puesto y con tanto color… me encanta <3

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