Dark chocolate swirl pound cake

    1 hour 45 min

    Cocoa powder is added to half the cake mixture and swirled in to create this pretty marbled pound cake. This is a great cake for making a day ahead or freezing.

    5 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 340g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 225g cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 600g caster sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 425g premium self-raising flour
    • 30g cocoa powder

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 / Gas 3. Grease and flour a 25cm cake ring.
    2. Beat butter and cream cheese together in a bowl using an electric mixer until well combined. Add sugar and beat until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix almond extract, vanilla extract, salt and baking powder into creamed mixture; beat in 2 eggs. Add 1/3 of the flour and mix well. Add 2 eggs and mix well. Add another 1/3 of the flour and mix well. Add last 2 eggs and mix well. Add remaining flour and mix until smooth.
    3. Remove half of the cake mixture and place in a separate bowl; stir in cocoa powder. Pour 1/2 of the plain cake mixture into the prepared tin; add 1/2 of the chocolate mixture and swirl with a knife or metal skewer. Repeat with remaining plain cake mixture and chocolate mixture, swirling gently.
    4. Place pan in the middle rack of the preheated oven; bake until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 90 minutes.


    If you have baking parchment, grease the tin then line the sides and centre ring. Grease or spray any parchment that will overlap so it sticks well. Once cake has cooled the paper comes off easily and the cake has a beautiful, crumb-free appearance.

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    Love this pound cake. NOTE: Next time I will use 1/4 cup less flour to make the cake more moist.  -  24 Feb 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Followed as written, but sifted the dry ingredients before adding. Topped with a thin drizzle of melted chocolate. Everyone at the family gathering loved it, but some thought it was slightly dry, and that more chocolate drizzle would've helped!  -  27 Aug 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)