Chocolate Marble Pound Cake Here is a great variation to pound cake to give it a little chocolate kick! Ingredients: 1 Tbs Shortening 1 oz unsweetened chocolate-squares 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/2 cup shortening 2 cups sugar 4 Eggs 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 cup buttermilk 3 cups All-purpose flour 1/8 tsp. salt 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp Almond extract Preparation: Melt 1 tablespoon shortening and unsweetened chocolate in small saucepan, stirring until smooth. Set aside. Blend butter and shortening until creamy; gradually add sugar to creamed mixture, beating well at medium speed with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Dissolve soda in buttermilk. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until completely blended. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Remove 2 cups of batter, and add chocolate mixture, stirring until blended. Spoon 1/3 of remaining plain batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan; top with half of chocolate batter. Repeat layers, ending with plain batter. Gently swirl batter with a knife to create a marble effect. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.