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Gluten Free Marble Pound Cake

This gluten free marble pound cake is such a spectacular treat. Buttery vanilla bean pound cake mixed with a rich, deep chocolate pound cake all in one glorious dessert.

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Marble Pound Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

Gluten Free Marble Pound Cake

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a dessert recipe with you. I’ve been spending a lot of time throwing some healthy recipes your way like these chocolate coconut energy bites, green smoothies, granola and vanilla chia pudding – all super delicious. But it’s time for some chocolate. Real chocolate. And cake. So I made a marble pound cake – chocolate and vanilla, a match made in heaven.

About a week ago, I received a super awesome package from my friends at Rodelle. If you haven’t heard of them, they make some rockin’ gourmet vanilla extract and gourmet baking products. And you guys know how much I LOVE my vanilla. Pretty sure I did a little happy dance when I opened up my box of goodies!

Rodelle Gourmet Baking products from What The Fork Food Blog

Some of the gourmet baking products they offer are gourmet baking cocoa (Dutch processed), pure almond extract, vanilla sugar, vanilla paste, lemon extract and anise extract. They also carry a great line of organic extracts and organic vanilla beans. In addition to all these awesome gourmet baking products, they offer a great line of spices, brines and seasonings. It’s like a bakers playground.

Marble Pound Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

Not only does Rodelle supply us with some great baking products, but they’re a company that is more than what they sell. Rodelle contributes to projects that protect the environment and promote social and economic development in their key growing regions.

Projects that they’ve under taken include providing sustainable practices, improving water sanitation, and improving standards of living. It makes me feel good to support and use products from a company that cares about the livelihood and well-being of those who are literally helping them grow their business.

You can read more about Rodelle’s commitment to producing great baking products and bettering lives here. Not only that, but they’re a completely wind powered company that is conscious of the environmental footprint they’re leaving.

You guys, how great is that – a company that really cares! If you haven’t tried their products, they’re definitely a company you can feel good about standing behind when purchasing their products.

Marble Pound Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

For this recipe, I used the chocolate extract, baking cocoa and vanilla paste. I have never used any of the ingredients before and I was so, so excited to try them out. It actually took me a few days to decide what to make, I had so many ideas!

I’m really happy with my gluten free marble pound cake choice though – it’s insanely delicious. It’s got that beautiful buttery taste with the hint of vanilla and a deep, dark chocolate taste. It’s just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth but it’s not so sweet that it’ll make you feel like you’ve just eaten a plate of sugar.

The chocolate extract and dutch processed cocoa powder produce such an intense chocolate flavor – like dark chocolate. It’s so unbelievably good. And you’re left with a slightly sweet, pleasant after taste that just makes you feel so sweetly satisfied.

Marble Pound Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

I must admit, this is the first time I had ever marbled any thing. When I was a kid, I always asked for marble cake for my birthday because I could never decide between chocolate or vanilla. My mom always delivered with a delicious homemade marble cake.

I’m not really sure why I’ve never attempted one myself, maybe it just seemed like too much work? I’m happy to report that making a marble pound cake is not much more work than making a regular cake. Just a couple of extra steps (like two little ones) and you’ve got yourself two gorgeous cake batters!

The marbling process is pretty easy as well. You just make a checkerboard pattern in loaf pan with half the vanilla batter and half the chocolate batter. Then you layer the second half of the batters on top but on the opposite batter.

So the chocolate now goes over the vanilla and vanilla over the chocolate. I should have taken pictures of this step (sorry!) but The Kitchn has some great step by step photos that will help you out if you get stuck.

Marble Pound Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

I originally planned on topping this gorgeous marble pound cake with chocolate ganache. Then, I thought better of it and decided to leave it relatively plain with just a dusting of cocoa powder. Sometimes, that’s the beauty of pound cake.

Less is more, especially since it’s already such a rich cake with all the butter, eggs and sugar. HOWEVER with that being said, this marble pound cake would pair beautifully with some whipped cream, a dusting of powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream or even some white chocolate ganache whipped cream if you’re looking to dress it up. Or go with my original idea and top it with some ganache. But I love it simple because it’s simply delicious 😉

Marble Pound Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

So however you choose to serve this marble pound cake, enjoy!

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Gluten Free Marble Pound Cake

5 from 7 ratings
This gluten free marble pound cake is such a spectacular treat. Buttery vanilla bean pound cake mixed with a rich, deep chocolate pound cake all in one glorious dessert.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
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  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3/4 C 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp Rodelle vanilla paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C hot water plus 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Organics Chocolate Extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x5 loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, sift and whisk together gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla paste and add the eggs one at a time.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, scraping the bowl as necessary. Mix in the heavy cream.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, hot water and chocolate extract until smooth. Add 1/3 of the cake batter to the bowl and gently stir until the chocolate is completely incorporated.
  • To assemble the cake, start by creating a checkerboard pattern in the bottom of the pan by spooning dollops of each batter on opposite sides of the pan. (See example here)
  • For the second layer, alternate the pattern, spooning vanilla batter over the chocolate and chocolate over the vanilla. Use a knife to run a figure eight pattern through the batter several times to swirl the layers together.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50-65 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Oven temps vary so check it after 50-55 minutes. My pound cake took a full 60 minutes to bake. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.


This pound cake freezes extremely well. Thaw before serving.


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  1. vegetarianmamma says:

    I have to try this sometime! This looks absolutely delicious!!!


  2. Karly says:

    This pound cake is amazingly gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  3. Oh my goodness–so, so beautiful and delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it the simple way too, with the cocoa dusting on top! Pinned!

  4. Swoooon! This pound cake looks sinfully delicious! I don’t know what it is about a chocolate swirl but I cannot resist! The texture looks perfect and your swirl is gorgeous! Pinned!

  5. The marbling on the cake looks so good! I don’t believe you when you say this is only your first with making marbled baked goods!

  6. Mary says:

    5 stars
    I discovered marbled cake in college but I’ve never been brave enough to try to create it at home. The chocolate swirls make it fun to eat and delicious. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Sharon says:

      I always get intimidated by trying new things too. However, I wish I started marbling sooner because it really is easy and marble cakes are my fav ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wow. This looks amazing! I love the marbled idea. I can’t wait to try it. (Pinned.)

  8. This cake looks is gorgeous, and I love that it’s GF!

  9. This looks awesome! Gluten free people will rejoice ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Adrienne says:

    5 stars
    I also get the Rodelle Dutch-processed Unsweetened Cocoa Powder from Costco. I usually find it at the Business Center that is near us. I make my own Hot Cocoa Mix so between that and my Gluten-Free Big Pan Brownies, I go through a lot of the cocoa powder! With four boys that drink the hot cocoa with me, and a hubby that will eat the brownies with us…the economy size is the way to go! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks so yummy! U an sure that once I make the cake it will be gone…. ~Adrienne

    • Sharon says:

      Oh wow I bet it would be PERFECT in hot cocoa! I’m so jealous of all of you who can get it at Costco! I don’t have a Costco close by ๐Ÿ™

  11. Ali the Skinny GF Chef says:

    Seriously, you are one of the best cooks I know. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks!

  12. 5 stars
    This is such a beautiful bread! I love all of the flavors you used! Just perfect!

  13. That looks nothing short of amazing! I have never heard of Rodelle…I will have to check them out!

  14. i haven’t made a marble cake in ages and they are so much fun to make and pretty! I am intrigued by the chocolate etract and vanilla paste. I am going to have to get some and play with it. I think this recipe will work great with Mama’s Almond and Coconut Blend Flours. So excited to try some new products.

  15. What a beautiful pound cake, Sharon! Just stunning.

    {I use the same cocoa powder sometimes too btw ๐Ÿ™‚ — get mine at Costco and it’s a very good deal!}

  16. Rodelle is SO GOOD! Just like this cake! Chocolate, vanilla and gluten free! I’ll take the whole loaf please and thank you! Pinned!

  17. I love Rodelle products…actually just used it in my oatmeal this morning! I get their cocoa powder at CostCo which is perfect because I go through that economy size in no time. And this pound cake…please tell me you ship?! I need!