Marble Pound Cake

I like cake.  However, I’m not the best at making cakes.  I don’t have springform pans, I’m not the most adept at frosting, and they aren’t always the most photogenic.  For my mom’s birthday this year I decided to make her a cake, but kept it simple with a marble pound cake.

I like pound cakes because they are so versatile.  They can be made in a loaf pan, taste great with a side of ice cream, and can be topped with berries for a delicious summer treat.  I decided to go with the marble pound cake because there’s chocolate involved, and everything is better with some chocolate.  I topped the cake with some melted chocolate chips for a little extra oomph.

This cake was really easy to make and was a crowd pleaser.  It may not be the prettiest cake ever, but it sure was delicious, which is all that matters in the end.

marble pound cake finishedMarble Pound Cake (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs (I used egg whites and it worked just as well)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup semi-sweet cocoa powder

For the Chocolate Topping:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup almond milk

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a large bowl mix butter and sugar until well blended (you can do this with a hand mixer or stand mixer as well.  Add your flour, almond milk, baking powder, vanilla, salt, and eggs and continue to mix until the batter is nice and creamy.

marble pound cake vanilla batterRemove 2 1/2 cups of batter into a medium-sized bowl.  Gently fold in the cocoa powder using a whisk or a fork until the powder is completely blended in.

marble pound cake chocolate batterGrease a 9×5 loaf pan and spoon in the vanilla and chocolate layers into the pan (alternate the layers).  With a spoon or knife, cut through the layers to create a “marbled” effect.

Place cake in the oven and bake for 1 hour.  Remove cake from oven and let it cool.

marble pound cake vanilla chocolateWhile the cake is cooling, melt your chocolate chips either over the stove or in the microwave.  Add in the 1/4 cup of almond milk to the melted chocolate and mix until well blended.

melting chocolateOnce cake has cooled, gently spread the chocolate mixture on top of the pound cake.

chocolate covered marble pound cakeSlice the cake into layers, and enjoy!

marble pound cake

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