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Chocolate Swirl Walnut Pound Cake

Chocolate Swirl Walnut Pound Cake

Beautiful walnut loaf cake swirled with chocolate. It keeps well and can be frozen.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings



For the cake:

  • 8 oz unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup walnut paste, below
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups cake flour or all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted

For the streusel:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces

For walnut paste:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white


For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Butter or spray a non-stick 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter with baking powder. Add sugar gradually and then walnut paste and beat for 2 or 3 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Remove from the mixer and add flour in three additions, mixing well with a spatula.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, level batter and add chocolate on top. Swirl with a knife, bringing some white batter to the top. Add crumble over batter and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on wire rack and unmold. It keeps, well wrapped in plastic, for a few days.

Walnut paste:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, put walnuts and powdered sugar.
  2. Process until well ground and mixed.
  3. Add egg white and continue processing until a crumbly paste forms.
  4. Keeps well covered and refrigerated for a few weeks.

For the streusel:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, mix flour and sugar.
  2. Add butter and process until crumbly.
  3. Do not let it form a ball.


You can also use almond cream (also called frangipane) for this recipe.

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International

Keywords: chocolate walnut loaf cake