Marble Pound Cake

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This Marble Pound Cake is tasty and beautiful! Moist chocolate cake marbled with vanilla cake batter, an easy marble cake baked in just 60 minutes.

Even easier than my Chocolate Cake, with all the richness of my Vanilla Pound Cake recipe, this marbled loaf is a show stopper. Another quick and delicious Cake Recipe perfect for any occasion.

Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake Slice


The debate between chocolate or vanilla is finally over thanks to this delicious cake. Okay, that may be a little dramatic, but this marble cake means you no longer have to choose! You get both chocolate and vanilla in every bite.

Marble Pound Cake is a dessert that is sure to make everyone happy. Just enough chocolate for my fellow chocoholics, with a buttery vanilla cake for those who like a little less. I did equal parts chocolate and vanilla batter for my cake, but you can always do more or less of the flavor you like best.

This Marble Cake is so easy to make, why not try making it as an upgraded homemade birthday cake? With some chocolate frosting or a vanilla glaze, this becomes an even more beautiful and yummy dessert. Marble Pound cake can easily be made into cupcakes or small loaves too.

My marble cake recipe starts with a simple vanilla batter, divided in half. I fold in a butter cocoa powder mixture into half of my cake batter to make it rich and chocolatey. Then I add the remaining vanilla mix in spoonfuls and swirl gently with a knife until a marbling pattern appears.

Not only is this Marble Pound Cake is so easy to make, it’s easy to adjust to how you like it. Using different flavor extracts in the vanilla batter, mixing in bits of chocolate, or adding nuts are just a few quick ways to change your cake. I’ve got even more ideas below.


Can you make this in a regular cake pan? 

This cake can be made as a sheet cake, bundt cake, or a beautiful layer cake for a special occasion. This recipe will make enough batter for two round cake pans. Once they are cooled, use a chocolate frosting between cake layers and cover with a Chocolate Ganache.

Chocolate Marble Cake slices in a stack

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  • Cake Batter: Marble with other flavors, adding peppermint or almond extract to one of the batters. Try stirring in peanut butter powder, give it a chocolate swirl and frost with Peanut Butter Frosting.
  • Cupcakes: Make these Marble Cupcakes by filling your lined muffin tin 1/2 way with chocolate batter and a spoonful of vanilla batter. Swirl with a knife and bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Chocolate Buttercream: Top this marble cake with delicious chocolate buttercream. Use my Buttercream Frosting recipe and substitute 1/4 cup powdered sugar with 1/4 cup cocoa powder. 
  • Chocolate Chips: Give each bite bursts of chocolatey goodness by stirring in semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or bring out the vanilla flavor with white chocolate chips.
  • Cream Cheese: Add a cream cheese layer to your marble cake before swirling in the vanilla batter. Fill the loaf pan with 2/3 of the chocolate cake batter and then add cream cheese filling. Top with the remaining chocolate batter before marbling in the vanilla cake batter.
  • Sour Cream: Give your cake a richer flavor by replacing 1/4 cup of milk with sour cream. You can also use buttermilk or greek yogurt.



  • Serve: Wrap your cake tightly in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for up 5 days.
  • Store: Your cake will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in a sealed container.
  • Freeze: This cake will freeze well for up to 3 months. Cool completely, cover in plastic wrap, and store in a freezer bag.

Marble Cake on wooden cutting board

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Marble Pound Cake

5 from 2 votes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

This Marble Pound Cake is tasty and beautiful! Moist chocolate cake swirled with vanilla cake batter, an easy marble cake baked in just 60 minutes.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened and divided
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan and line it with parchment paper; grease the parchment paper as well.
  3. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave, using 30 second increments until fully melted. Mix the cocoa powder into the melted butter until well combined.

  4. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Using a mixer, combine the remaining 12 tablespoons of softened butter with the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  6. Gradually mix in the flour mixture to the batter.
  7. Mix the milk into the batter.
  8. Take half of the batter and mix it into the butter-cocoa mixture until fully combined.
  9. Pour the cocoa batter into the loaf pan.
  10. Gently spoon the yellow cake batter into the loaf pan.
  11. Using a the tip of a knife swirl the batter gently for a few seconds.
  12. Cover the loaf pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

  13. Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes.

  14. Let cool before removing from loaf pan.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: 312 calories, Calories: 312g, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 70mg, Potassium: 146mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 505g, Calcium: 55g, Iron: 1g

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  1. This did not work at all. I’m an experienced baker so I know it wasn’t me. I’ve never had to cover a cake and for good reason. It got stuck on the aluminum and when I removed it the middle fell miserably.

    1. I would suggest putting your elevation into google to see what alterations you need to make as they can be different depending on elevation and I am by no means an expert. Good luck!

  2. Found this cake to be dense, dry and not moist at all. At 60 minutes at 350 the cake was still raw in the middle. It needed another 10-15 minutes. The flavor was good. Perhaps some sour cream would have moistened it up a bit.

  3. Hi. I am about to make this cake as it looks pretty moist on top and I love a moist crust compared to other pound cakes I have made.
    After looking at a bunch of similar recipes, I am wondering if cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream will make the cake extra moist? Some recipes even ask for a lot more butter.
    Have you tried this recipe using some of these ingredients? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tested it but those are all great ways to make it extra moist. If you decide to try some out, I’d love to know what worked. Thanks!

  4. Hello,
    If i will use salted butter, should i omit salt or i need to add it in lesser amount?

  5. Hello! Did you use all purpose flour or cake flour? Which one is better to use for this recipe?
    Thank you excited to try this!

  6. Hi..Sabrina!

    Had a few clarifications as I wish to bake this for my sons 2nd birthday

    The recipe holds good for Two round pans_ 8inch? How much height this will yield?

    Recipe Serves 12 for 25 should I double the recipe?

    Can I use simple syrup for layering and frosting with ganache?

    Sorry for the long list just want to make sure my little ones cake turns out awesome..

    1. Yes, this will make 2 round 8inch cakes. I always prefer to have more so I would double it for a party. Sounds like you’ve got it covered with the simple syrup and frosting. I hope you all have a wonderful time!

        1. Was it the entire bundt tasting like it or was it in a single piece? Just wondering if it had a clump that needed to be be mixed or something else.

  7. This cake is so rich and decadent. I am always a sucker for marble cake and this is like an over the top even better version!