Marble Pound Cake, the Italian way

I love my grandma’s tea set. I loved her and I loved the way she always used to set up the little side table,  by her favourite armchair, when it was tea time. She used to drink it “white”, it was very cool back then! 

My Grandma's Tea Set

My Grandma’s Tea Set

Every time I use my little white teacups, thousands of memories start flying through my head. She was a very special woman, very classy and funny at the same time. Poupette from the French movie “La Boum”  (Il Tempo delle Mele, in Italian – The Party/Ready for Love, in English – 1980) reminds me of her, big time… not only for her way of driving her little red car like in this scene  

I couldn’t find it in English, but it is substantial  😉 

Anyhow, we had friends over Sunday afternoon, it was tea time, then I take my tea set out quickly and even quicker I prepare the Italian version of the UK Marble Pound Cake, much drier and lighter than the Anglo-Saxon one. Kind of a retro classic recipe.

Marble Pound Cake – Il Ciambellone


200 gr caster sugar

100 gr butter

3 eggs

300 gr plain flour

16 gr baking powder

30 ml whole milk

30 gr cocoa powder

1 pinch of salt

Icing sugar for dusting


Turn the oven on at 180°.

Sieve the flour and the baking powder together. Whisk the eggs and the sugar until pale and  fluffy. Melt the butter on very low heat. Slowly add the butter  to the mixture and mix. Then add the dry ingredients by inclusion, and fold everything in until perfectly combined. Now divide the batter into two parts. Mix the first one with the cocoa powder and add the milk, keep the other one plain. Prepare the cake tin by greasing with softened butter and dusting with plain flour.

Marble Pound Cake, The Italian Way

Marble Pound Cake, The Italian Way

Pour the chocolate batter into the bottom of the cake tin, followed by the plain batter.

To ‘marble’ the mixture, gently fold through all the layers with a fork

Bake for approximately 40 minutes, depending on your oven.

As always, to check if the sponge is cooked, insert a clean knife into the centre of the sponge, if it comes out clean the sponge is ready.

Leave it to cool down, dust with icing sugar before serving.

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