Marble Pound Cake: our easy and delicious recipe

Total time: 70 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

This marble pound cake is a very simple one to make, and it’s perfect as an energizing breakfast or as an afternoon snack for the whole family to pair with a cup of warm milk or tea. It is soft, thick, and delicious – a classic breakfast food.

Creating the marble effect is easier than you might think: once the 2 mixtures are ready – the dark and the white one – you will only need to alternate pouring one mixture and then the other, repeatedly, in the mold. Once baked and sliced you will be able to see the beautiful, marbled effect that will leave your guests speechless. Fluffy and irresistible, this loaf cake will surely win your heart. Here is how to make it.


Instead of vanilla extract you can use vanillin or vanilla essence. Alternatively, you can add lemon or orange zest to the mixture, to add that citrus kick to it.

To make a cake without butter, you can substitute it with oil: your cake will be lighter, but equally delicious.

How to store Marble Pound Cake

The marble pound cake can be stored under a glass bell or a sealed container, which will keep it soft for about 5 days.


All-purpose flour
300 g (2 1/3 cups)
300 g (1 1/2 cups)
180 ml (3/4 cup)
150 g (2/3 cup)
Cocoa powder
30 g (1/3 cup)
Baking powder
2 tsp
vanilla extract to taste

How to make Marble Pound Cake

In a bowl, mix sugar and butter with an electric whip.

Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to combine well with the mixture before adding the next.

Fold in the milk and the vanilla extract, then sift the flour and the baking powder in the mixture.

Combine well, first with a spatula and then with a hand blender, to remove any lumps.

Divide the mixture into two bowls:  add the cocoa powder in one bowl and mix thoroughly with a spatula.

Pour into a 13×38 cm / 5×15 inches loaf mold, alternating 2 tablespoons of white and cocoa mixture.

Bake at 180°C / 350°F for 55 minutes, then let cool.

Slice and serve your marble pound cake. Enjoy!

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