Chocolate Marble Pound Cake

Chocolate marble cake is one of  my  favorite treats when I was a child , it’s also my birthday cake of choice up until the bakeshop (Goldilocks) we used to buy it from stopped making it.  Ever since I learned how to bake, I wanted to make this. 

The recipe I used is from Ultimate Cakes by Barbara Maher; I didn’t used the  glaze recipe for it, instead I used coconut milk-chocolate ganache..yummy! 🙂

I made this cake for my father-in-law’s birthday..he likes pound cakes and I thought this would be perfect…we enjoyed it after a simple birthday dinner with the whole family 🙂

pound cakes actually taste better the day after..

looks so shiny and delicious..I wish it would retain the gloss but it dulls when the ganache dries

this one I made without the glaze but with white chocolate sauce..pour warm sauce just before serving…sooo goood!!!

adapted from Ultimate Cakes by Barbara Maher

4 oz plain all purpose flour
4oz potato flour ( I have successfully used cornstarch as substitute)
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 oz butter ( that’s about 1 cup or 2 sticks)
250g (8oz) sugar
seeds of 1/4 vanilla pod ( I used vanilla oil. 1/2 teaspoon)
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest ( or 1 teaspoon lemon extract)

For the chocolate mixture, combine the following in a bowl:2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons dark rum
2 1/2 ounces melted semi-sweet chocolate


Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease (twice) and flour a 1.5 liter (2 1/2 pint) fluted pan, set aside.  Sift the flours and baking powder together in a bowl or on a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside. Beat the butter, vanilla seeds and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a little of the flour if mixture begins to curdle. Beat in the lemon zest.

Gradually beat in the flour until everything is evenly mixed. Put half of the mixture in another bowl and stir in the chocolate mixture. Drop alternating spoonsful of each mixture into the prepared pan and bake for an hour.

Invert cake into a cooling rack with a baking pan underneath. Pour the warm coconut-chocolate ganache over the cake, making sure that you’re coating it evenly.

1 cup coconut milk ( canned ), if you don’t like coconut milk, use heavy cream
6 ounces dark chocolate (50-70 % cocoa)
1/2 teaspoon coffee powder (optional)

Grate or finely chop chocolate in a big bowl, set aside. Heat coconut milk or heavy cream in a small pan over medium heat..just before it boils, take it off of the heat and pour over the grated chocolate..Wait about a minute before stirring it. Keep the spatula under the chocolate mixture while your mixing it, you don’t want to incorporate air into your ganache. Cool for 5 minutes before pouring it over the cake.

note: coconut milk spoils quickly at room temperature…refrigerate excess ganache at once and use it to make  chocolate truffles 🙂

Alternatively, you can also use white chocolate sauce:

1 cup milk ( reg or non-fat, your choice)
5-6 ounces white chocolate, grated or chopped into small pieces
1-2 tablespoon dark rum

Heat milk and white chocolate in a heavy pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted; add the dark rum and turn off the heat, mix well until really smooth. Pour over slices of cakes upon serving.

♥ Thanks so much for reading..have a nice day!!! ♥ 🙂

17 Responses to "Chocolate Marble Pound Cake"

  1. Joelle Mclilly   November 25, 2011 at 6:08 am

    They stay fresh for a good week and half if there is any left

  2. Lori   May 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    That looks absolutely gorgeous. I havent had pound cake in a really long time.

    If you add some corn syrup to the ganache it will retain its shine.

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  4. jill   May 1, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Sugar? How much? I’m surprised that all those who responded did not mention the omission.

    • Olive   May 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Jill!

      I’m very sorry, that’s 250 g (8 oz) of sugar. Thanks so much for pointing it out; I will update the recipe. Nice day to you 🙂

  5. Sook   April 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Oh the sauce looks so thick and tasty! Mmmm

  6. Ninette   April 23, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Whoa, I gained 5 lbs. just looking at the cake. Yummy!

  7. Barbara Bakes   April 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I can see why you love this cake. It looks fabulous. You could try adding a couple tablespoons of corn syrup to the ganache and see if that helps keep it glossy.

    • Olive   April 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks Barbara, I’ll try that next time 🙂

  8. msmeanie   April 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Wow, the cake looks beautiful! I agree, cake usually tastes better the 2nd day for me. I love the icing you put on this.

  9. James   April 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Such a wonderful looking cake. Any idea why pound cake tastes better the day after?

    • Olive   April 23, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Hi James, I think it has something to do with “marrying of flavors”..I find that true in pound cakes, tiramisu and rum cakes.. 🙂

  10. Janice   April 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Wow that looks just delicious. Cooking it in that mould makes it look even more special.

  11. Sophie   April 22, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Waw!! What a georgous Bundt cake this is, Olive!

    I so love your special coconut & chocolate ganache,…oooy,…yummm!

  12. lululu   April 22, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I’ve always fantasied baking with this kind of bundt cake just bcos the cake comes out so pretty always!
    Now, with the marble effect and the delicious taste, AWESOME!

  13. bake in paris   April 22, 2010 at 4:13 am

    The marble pound cake is beautiful by itself. With the coating, it glows. This is such an outstanding cake.

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  14. Mhe-Lhanee Benito   April 22, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I love chocolate pound cake! Just recently, I discover a kick ass choco pound cake from S&R. For 200 pesos only. Really yummy and decadent. I just cant stop eating it. Love the aroma, the presentation, and most especially, its taste. It wasnt to sweet, it has some nuts and glaze. Basta, you should try it i guess… Thanks for stopping by at my blog by the way….. U


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