Orange Marble Pound Cake

Rich swirls of dark chocolate run through this classic orange pound cake. A sprinkling of powdered sugar gives the Bundt a festive look.

Orange Marble Pound Cake Recipe

While it’s hard to improve upon one of your mom’s best cakes, I think this comes close as a very suitable equal. (Yes, even she approves!) The secret to a tender crumb is the addition of club soda — the carbonation acts as a leavening agent. This recipe has been updated. Originally published August 23, 2001.–Jennifer Appel

Special Equipment: 10-inch Bundt pan

Orange Marble Pound Cake Recipe

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • Serves 10 to 12


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup club soda (not seltzer)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
  • 2. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • 3. Add the flour in thirds, alternating with the club soda, beating after each addition until smooth. Add the vanilla, zest, and liqueur and mix well.
  • 4. Pour two-thirds of the batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, take the cocoa powder and 1 cup of the remaining batter and mix together until smooth. Spoon this mixture into the pan. Cover with the remaining batter bake 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes until golden brown, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • 5. Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
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