Dark Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

    1 hour 45 minutes

    Cocoa powder is added to half the batter and swirled to create this easy but impressive dark chocolate swirl pound cake.

    1 person made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 350g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 250g cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 3 cups (660g) caster sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
    • 1/3 cup (30 g) unsweetened cocoa powder

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Ready in:1hour45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease and flour a deep 25cm ring (angel food/tube) cake pan.
    2. Beat butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until well combined. Add sugar and beat until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix almond extract, vanilla extract and salt and baking powder into creamed mixture; beat in 2 eggs. Add 1 cup flour and mix well. Add 2 eggs and mix well. Add 1 cup flour and mix well. Add last 2 eggs and mix well. Add remaining 1 cup flour and mix until batter is smooth.
    3. Remove 2 cups batter and place in a separate bowl; stir in cocoa powder. Pour 1/2 of the plain batter into the prepared pan; add 1/2 of the chocolate batter and swirl with a knife. Repeat with remaining plain batter and chocolate batter, swirling gently.
    4. Place pan in the middle rack of the preheated oven; bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 90 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Cook's Notes:

    Be sure that all ingredients are at room temperature or your baking time will be off.

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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 USA and 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 USA and Canada)