Chocolate Marble Cake

This is a pound cake-like loaf. Without frosting, it carries easily to picnics and reunions. It freezes very well; I slip 2 slices apiece into small freezer bags so they thaw while you make coffee.  This is my personal favorite cake; I found the recipe in a 1980 Robin Hood booklet, Home Baking with Robin Hood Flour.
Chocolate Marble Loaf
¾ cup Sugar
½ cup Butter -- room temperature
2 large Eggs
¼ cup Heavy Cream
¼ cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 ½ cups Flour, All-purpose -- 6 3/4 ounces
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup Milk -- I used skim
3 Tablespoons Cocoa – I used Hershey's
Prepare a loaf pan. Grease the bottom and 1" up the sides to prevent hard shoulders. If possible, cut a piece of parchment paper to fit, leaving ends for handles. Grease like the pan.  Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix sugar and butter well, beating in the eggs, then the heavy cream and sour cream and vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients, then add to batter alternately with milk, by hand, until smooth.
Pour 1/2 the batter into greased pan.
Mix the rest of the batter with cocoa and pour on top. You can just leave it or run through it with a knife, zigzagging once.
Bake in preheated 350° oven about 45 minutes for loaf pan, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Check for doneness before the time is up – a toothpick should just come out clean. Don’t over bake – it will be dry. The internal temperature on an instant read thermometer is about 180°.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing. Dust with powdered sugar when cool.
This can be baked in a 9x9” cake pan for about 35 minutes. Cool on a rack for several hours, then overnight in the refrigerator, well wrapped, before slicing.
Cost Summer 2010: $2.00
Per Serving: 223 Calories; 12g Fat (47.5% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 26g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 66mg Cholesterol; 193mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 2 1/2 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.


  1. Do you bake this at 350 degrees?

    1. Yes...thanks for noticing that omission. I actually file this in my 350° recipes! so I didn't have it in the body of the recipe. It's my favorite cake.

  2. This loaf cake was easy to make, and my family loved it. Thanks very much for sharing the recipe, Sue. It's definitely a keeper.

    1. We think so...this is a good picnic cake in the worries about frosting melting or any mess.


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