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Homemade Marble Pound Cake

Homemade marble pound cake is a great, dense, made-from-scratch cake that’ll take care of both your chocolate and vanilla cravings all at once. 

Marble Pound Cake

Homemade Marble Pound Cake

This is a great base for an ice cream sundae, to be cubed up into a trifle, or just served with some chocolate on top. This post first appeared over on Chocolate, Chocolate, and More, where I’m a contributor. I loved it so much though I wanted to share it with all of you here too. I hope you enjoy it!

I just love pound cake because it is such a versatile dessert. You can even grill pound cake. Yup. It happens. And it is awesome.

Traditionally pound cake gets its name from including a pound of butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. Obviously that has now changed since the pound cake was originally created back in the 1700’s, and it is more about the texture than exact ingredient proportions.

This cake is sweet, and dense, and full of flavor. The chocolate is kicked up a lot by using Malted Chocolate Milk mix, such as Ovaltine’s Chocolate Malt powder. It is my kids’ favorite, and I thought that it would make an awesome addition.

The topping is totally optional on this cake. If you do want to pipe on some ganache, I use the ganache portion of this recipe, cooled down a bit, and then piped onto the top of the cake.

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Marble Pound Cake shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Salted butter, softened
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Sour cream
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Ovaltine

Try this Ovaltine Chocolate Cake, too!

homemade marble pound cake

How to make Marble Pound Cake

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Turn the oven on to 350°F and let it preheat.



Cream together the butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Slowly add in the flour.



Whisk the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Add to the flour mixture.



Remove 1/3 of the batter and mix in the Ovaltine.


Cake Pan

Prep a tube pan with baking spray. Add the vanilla batter.

Put spoonfuls of the chocolate batter on top of the vanilla. Use a butter knife to swirl the chocolate through the vanilla.

Tap the pan on the counter several times to remove any bubbles.



Bake in your preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before turning out of the pan.

Try our Checkerboard Marble Cake!

homemade marble pound cake

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Marble Pound Cake
Yield: 8 servings

Marble Pound Cake Recipe

Marble Pound Cake

This homemade pound cake is a great addition to any table. Get the best of both worlds and make it homemade. It is easy, and you're whole family will love it!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 cup sour cream
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup powdered malted chocolate milk mix, like Ovaltine


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Slowly add in the flour, and mix to combine. Don't over-mix!
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Slowly add into batter and mix just until combined. Remove 1/3 of the batter from the bowl, and put into a separate bowl. Mix in the chocolate milk mix until well combined.
  4. Place the vanilla batter into a tube pan that's been prepared with baking spray. Spread out evenly in the pan. Place spoonfuls of the chocolate batter all around the top of the vanilla batter. Use a butter knife to swirl the chocolate into the vanilla. Tap the pan several times on the counter to distribute batter and eliminate any gaps.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then invert onto serving tray.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 6g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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Danielle Green

Thursday 23rd of June 2016

This cake is making me drool and tear up at the same time! LOL If only I could have carbs I would be making this in a heartbeat!

Nicole Johnson

Friday 24th of June 2016

Oh man. I would cry over carbs too, girl!!

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