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Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake is rich and buttery with the best vanilla and chocolate in every bite! This recipe is stunning and scrumptious!


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Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

I made a Vanilla Red Velvet Marbled Pound Cake which has been a big hit with family and friends. It’s been popular on this site too especially during the Christmas holidays.

Similarly, if you like strawberry, you’ll enjoy the Strawberry & Cream Pound Cake that uses the same marble effect.

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

Almost everyone loves chocolate. Even if you’re not a big dessert fan (like my husband), you’ll still like this Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake. It’s the best of the best with the combination of vanilla and chocolate.

It’s sweet but not overly sweet. I added the glaze on top for more sweetness because I love a really rich, sweet dessert, but the glaze is completely optional.

For an easy chocolate glaze, you can use a half a cup of premade chocolate frosting. Warm it in the microwave a few seconds, stir until it’s smooth, and drizzle it over the cake. Alternately, you can make Chocolate Frosting with Cocoa Powder and Powdered Sugar to drizzle over. I suggest you half that recipe.

This cake is buttery with a hint of chocolate. As well, it has a tender, small crumb with that crust on top that everyone loves about a pound cake.

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

More of my pound cakes!

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

Tips to make the best pound cake

  1. I wrote a very detailed post on How to Bake the Perfect Pound Cake. I recommend you hop over and read it.
  2. As well, all the tips aren’t going to help if you’re oven is not calibrated. Read How to Calibrate your Oven here.

What pan should I bake my pound cake in?


Most of my pound cake recipes are too large for a standard bundt pan. I recommend this Wilton tube pan, this Fat Daddio’s tube pan or this bundt pan that is larger than most.

Using a light versus a dark pan as well as sitting it on a cookie sheet (which I do) to bake will affect the baking time. For my cakes, I bake in a light pan on a round cookie sheet.

For this cake, keep an eye on it and start watching it closely after 60 minutes the first time you bake it. Note exactly what you used and how long you baked it for future reference.

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used. The nutritional information does not include a glaze on this pound cake.

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake

Best Fudge Marble Pound Cake, soft, buttery vanilla and chocolate are marbled together so that you get the best bite of chocolate and vanilla combined.

Author: Paula
5 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings



  • Chop chocolate and placed in a microwavable safe bowl. Melt chocolate at 30 second intervals in the microwave. Stir after each 30 seconds. When melted through stir until smooth. Allow to cool.
  • Grease a tube or bundt pan with solid vegetable shortening and sprinkle with sugar (You can use flour, I prefer granulated sugar.)
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • In another bowl, combine flour (please read how to measure flour in this post), baking powder, and salt.
  • Add eggs one at a time, stirring until yolk disappears into batter before adding the next egg.
  • Turn the mixer to low and alternately add the flour and milk beginning andn ending with flour. Add vanilla and mix until just combined. Don't over mix at this point.
  • Take 1 and 1/2 cups of batter out. Add the melted and cooled chocolate to this and fold in with a spatula.
  • Pour 1/3 of the vanilla batter into the prepared pan and smooth evenly.
    Pour 1/2 of the chocolate batter into pan over the vanilla.
    Pour another 1/3 of the vanilla batter over the chocolate.
    Pour remaining 1/2 of the chocolate batter into pan.
    Pour remaining 1/3 of the vanilla batter into pan and gently smooth the top.
  • Bake in 325 degree oven for 60 to 70 minutes.
  • Cake is done with no crumbs or dry crumbs remain on wooden pick when inserted into thickest part of the cake.
  • Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes on a wire rack before inverting onto serving tray. Cool completely.
  • link to chocolate glaze (half this recipe)


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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  1. Can I use your mile high pound cake recipe as the batter to make the fudge marbled pound cake. I need a very big cake. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    You are such a talented baker! This cake is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us at Meal Plan Monday.

5 from 15 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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