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Panque marmoleado de Alisa
1 10-inch loaf

1/2 pound unsalted butter, plus more to butter the pan
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the sides and bottom of a loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper cut to fit.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar and continue beating until well combined and fluffy, another 2 minutes. Pour in the vanilla and continue beating until well incorporated and smooth, about another minute.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Break the eggs into another bowl. Add half of the eggs and half of the sifted flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on medium-low speed until well combined, scraping down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Repeat with the remaining eggs and flour.

Add the sour cream and continue beating until the mixture is smooth. Set the batter aside. In a small bowl, combine the hot water with the cocoa powder.

Pour half the cake batter into another bowl and fold in the cocoa-water mixture with a rubber spatula until thoroughly mixed.

Spread the “white” batter from the mixer bowl in the bottom of the loaf pan. Pour the chocolate batter on top, in a straight line down the center. Make a design with a knife or fork, so it will look “marbled.”

Bake the cake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool. Invert the cooled cake onto a plate, remove the parchment paper, and invert again onto another plate.

Dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar, and it is ready to slice. To store, keep it covered.


I want to try pound cake.


I hope they like it, Mary! Gracias.

Excellent and bright cooking show. I’m glad Mexican cuisine is being presented by an authentic Mexican.

Love the recipes and kitchen. Pati is a delight to watch and learn from.

Bring on more seasons of Mexican cooking!!

Hola Rachel, Your feedback is so lovely! Thank you for taking the time to send me your comments.

Este panque esta buenisimo! Yo no le puse vainilla y despus de dividirlo para ponerle el chocolate, a la parte blanca le puse ralladura de naranja. La combinacion de sabores de naranja y chocolate huele y sabe a puritita Gloria!
Asi es como lo voy a hacer de ahora en adelante.

Muchas gracias Patty!!! Que bueno que ya estas con nuevos programas otra vez en la television. Felicidades!!!

Suena delicioso, Norma!!!!!

I am so happy your show is airing on my local PBS channel again, Pati! You are such a joy to watch and I love all the recipes.

Hola Nicole, Thank you for watching!

I saw the show tonite and enjoyed it alot…I want to try the Mexican French Toast and the Marbled Pound cake…They both looked delicious…

Jeanne, Thank you for watching!! I hope you do try the recipes.

I just caught the end of the show and the finish of Alisa’s marbled pound cake. Looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much!

Hi Melissa, I hope you will try the recipe. Thank you for watching!!

Pati the Marble Pound Cake sounds devine!
I copied the recipe and will make it for the holiday guests that will be visiting.
Also, I must tell you I LOVED the cute exchange you had with your sister about the chocolate…
I never watch you program so I don’t know if she is on all the time but I thought it was so sweet.
Thank you, you have a very family friendly show!

Hola Paty,
My mom and I found your show by chance and we love it. The marbled pound cake was delicious. We want to try the polvorones but we don’t have a food processor, what would you recommend we use?

Hola Luz, You can use a blender, or just chop the nuts with a knife and mix with your hands. The recipe in my blog is very similar, but offers a method for making them without a food processor: I hope you give them a try! And thank you so much for watching the show!!

Hi Pati,

I love your show. I made the pound cake for the holidays and when I cut into it the chocolate was at the bottom of the cake.
Do you have any insight at to what I did wrong?

Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for watching the show!!! The only thing I can think of with the cake, is maybe the batter went into the loaf pan in the opposite order? Did you put this white batter in first, and then the half of the batter mixed with the chocolate in second?

Hi Pati,
I was so happy I caught the show in time to see you & your sister Alisa making her Marbled Pound Cake! It looks AMAZING & I can’t wait to try this one out!! Loved seeing you two sisters cooking together. Reminded me so much of me & my big sis!! You two even sound just alike! Same with me & my big sister! :) Nothing like cooking & sharing great memories with your sister!! :)
We absolutely LOVE your show!!! Keep the AWESOMENESS Coming!!! You’ve truly got one of the freshest & best shows out there!! =)
Peace ~ Beth Anne~

Hi Pati,
My family and i love watchiing your show. I love your recipes. We made your marbled pound cake and gave it out for family and friends at Christmas time.
When i order mexican food, i usally order enchiladas in a green chili sauce. Could you one day teach us all how to make the sauce.

Hi Patti -I made this pound cake and it fell after I took it out of the oven to cool. I cut it and it was so greasy. something went wrong. i threw it out. sorry i wasted all those ingredients. it did smell great while it cooked. won’t make again.

Pati, truly enjoyed show on Feb. 25, 2013. You had your sister on and she made a marble pound cake and french toast rolls, which I can’t wait to tell my daughter-in-law about, so she can make them for my grandchildren.
Thanks for Create!!!
Ellie Kennedy

Thank you so much, Ellie!! I hope your grandchildren enjoy the french toast rolls.

I made the French Toast rolls for my husband and he loved them. So did I. I will next make them when my teenager has a sleepover. What a great idea!!

Hi Sara, Thank you for trying them!!

Hi Pati!
I love your recipes, i am mexican and proud to be and it makes even prouder to see a fellow mexican being succesful with our traditions and our gastronomy, you are awesome and i love your show!

Ohh!!! Thank you so, so much!

Better than Starbucks! was what my daughter said after trying it. Glad I finally made it. I followed the directions and it came just like in the picture and very yummy. Thank you.

“Better than Starbucks!”…That is so funny! Thank you for trying this recipe!!

In addition to excellent content, your program has the refreshing dimension of a sweet working relationship with your sister. Very delightful to see!

Thank you, Norma!!

Hi Pati,

We love your show and watch it any opportunity we have.
We tried making Alisa’s pound cake, but even though we followed your recipe to the dot, the cake “collapsed” in the chocolate portion (it looked like it had “fallen down”) The non-chocolate part was perfect and it tasted great!!
We want to try making it again. Do you have any advice? What do you think it went wrong?

Thanks for any tips, and for sharing your fabulous recipes and culture!!!


Hi Maria,
That is odd… do you know if you opened the oven door many times during baking? Try it again!

Hi Pati,

I love your show. I’ve tried the pound cake recipe twice so far and have added to my list of favorites. Also, thanks for your
quick and easy salad dressing recipe.

My pleasure!

Patti love your show.

Gracias Annie!

Just caught the end of the show but I loved the way you and your sister interact. Immediately got on your website and found the recipe for Alisa’s Marbled Pound Cake. I can’t wait to make this with my granddaughter!
Thank you.

I am sure you will enjoy making it together as much as I enjoy cooking with my sister ; )

Hi Paty,
Love the marble pound cake… Thanks
P.d. Love your show and your family.

I just made this! Its baking as I type and smells heavenly! Does this freeze well? I would like to freeze for when my boys are home this weekend for supper!

Great to hear! Yes you can freeze, but if it is just a couple days before they arrive, I would just leave it very well covered (better than freezing)

Patti: Por favor quiero verte cocinando con tu papa.. tu hablas de el con tanto carino. Mi padre fue lo mas grande que he tenido en la vida. Cocinen algo juntos… pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Gracias

enjoyed your show with your sister and the marble cake, hope to see both of you in other recipes.


Great to hear!

Hi Pati,
I made the poundcake recipe today. It took 1 hour 15 minutes to bake. Then when I sliced it I found that the middle part did not bake well (it looked raw). Not sure what went wrong. I followed the recipe as written. I don’t think I could have baked it any longer as the top part was really starting to brown. I tried an end piece and it tastes good though.

I am sorry to hear this… Wondering if your mold is smaller and deeper? Temperature?…

Thanks for the response. I used a 9 inch loaf pan (because I did not have a 10 inch loaf pan). Perhaps that is why? The oven was preheated to 350 degrees, per your recipe. By the way, my mom loves your show.

I just made this, but from the book. I was checking the recipe comments to see if anyone else had to cook longer than recipe states. As far as pan size, I also used a 9×5 but the book ( exact same ingredient amounts and cooking time) states to use a 9×5. Obviously some confusion. I had to cook for about 1hr and 15. The long sides and center are cooked fine ( parchment was on bottom and long sides) but ends are pretty crispy and will need to be cut off. I’ll try again but maybe will lower cooking temp and bake longer to even it out.

I made this recipe today and it was delicious, soft and moist…thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and easy recipe.

Thank you for trying it, Teris!

I love watching your show on my local channel. I don’t have cable so it’s nice to be able to watch food shows. Plus, I love catching you on The Chew! They should have you as a full-time co-host! ..Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

Gracias Jena!!!

I just made the marbled pound cake. As we are gluten free….. Used same amount of gluten free flour and and 1 1/2 t of xantham gum. My husband said “excellent” cake. I did not even add the powdered sugar. Mil gracias por otra receta buena!


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