marble pound cake

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By Ellen Bales
from Indianapolis, IN

I came across this recipe in an old cookbook and I wondered why I hadn't made it yet. That can be remedied very soon. Recipe & photo: Great American Home Baking 05-30-14

serves 12
prep time 45 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For marble pound cake

  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • ½ tsp
  • 1 stick
    butter, softened
  • ¼ c
  • 1 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3 lg
  • ½ c
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 can
    (16 oz.) chocolate frosting

How To Make marble pound cake

  • 1
    Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Place the butter and shortening in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer set on medium speed until blended.
  • 2
    Beat in the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon zest and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Beat in the eggs. Beat in half of the flour mixture until combined. Beat in the milk until combined, then the remaining flour mixture
  • 3
    Transfer one-third of the batter to a small bowl. Whisk in the cocoa until blended. Pour half of the vanilla batter into a greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan. Drop half of the chocolate batter by tablespoonfuls onto the vanilla batter. Pour the remaining vanilla batter over the chocolate batter. Drop the remaining chocolate batter over the vanilla batter. (For best marbling effect, drop the remaining chocolate batter in different locations than on the previous layer.) Swirl the batters with a butter knife to create a marbled effect.
  • 4
    Bake in a preheated 350º oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes.
  • 5
    Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cake.