October 4, 2012 7:00 AM
Alisa's Marbled Pound Cake
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: cake , cocoa , dessert , EP207 , Jinich , marble , Pati , Patricia , pound
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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.

Karen Major | October 24, 2012 9:04 PM


MARY | November 25, 2012 3:52 PM

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!!

Rachel Montanez | November 25, 2012 4:01 PM

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!!!

Norma | November 25, 2012 6:38 PM

I hope they like it, Mary! Gracias.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from MARY | November 26, 2012 5:49 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Rachel Montanez | November 26, 2012 5:51 PM

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.

Nicole | November 26, 2012 11:18 PM

Hola Nicole, Thank you for watching!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Nicole | November 29, 2012 1:04 PM

Suena delicioso, Norma!!!!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Norma | November 29, 2012 2:32 PM

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 | December 4, 2012 2:29 AM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Jeanne | December 5, 2012 11:22 AM

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!

Melissa jones | December 8, 2012 12:30 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Melissa jones | December 10, 2012 5:57 PM

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!

Shirley | December 18, 2012 7:12 PM

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?

Luz | December 22, 2012 5:56 PM

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?

Nancy | December 26, 2012 11:01 AM

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!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Luz | December 28, 2012 5:55 PM

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?

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Nancy | January 2, 2013 5:42 PM

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~

Beth Anne | January 2, 2013 8:24 PM

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.

Laurie | January 4, 2013 8:46 AM