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Chocolate Marble Pound Cake

Here is a great variation to pound cake to give it a 
little chocolate kick!


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


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.