Chocolate & Lemon Marble Bundt Cake #Bundtbakers

Chocolate & Lemon Marble Bundt Cake when you want a dessert that's outside the box. | ibakeheshoots.comWhat’s up, people? Are you ready for another round of the fabulousness that is Bundtbakers?

I mean, I can’t hear you through my laptop so I’m assuming you all responded with a resounding “Yes!” This month’s theme is Strange but good flavor combinations. I found some weird ones out there, particularly this avocado pound cake with raspberry glaze. But I think what astounded me the most was the thought of mixing chocolate and onion. What?

Chocolate & Lemon Marble Bundt Cake when you want a dessert that's outside the box. |

According to Buzzfeed, the taste of chocolate and onion is amazing. I can’t even imagine. Perhaps, one day I’ll try it but for now my “strange but good combination” is lemon and chocolate. Granted, I’ve never tried lemon and chocolate before but it’s not completely unheard of.

Chocolate & Lemon Marble Bundt Cake when you want a dessert that's outside the box. |

I decided to go for it because I love chocolate and I love lemon so why not mash them together? She said somewhat apprehensively. Well, I’m glad that I tried it because the chocolate & lemon marble bundt cake really works. Somehow the tang of the lemon compliments the richness of the chocolate. I gotta say I was a bit surprised, but not that surprised…it’s not like it was a chocolate bundt with an onion glaze. That would be ridiculous.


Big ups to June from How to Philosophize with Cake for hosting and choosing this cool yet challenging theme. Please check out all of my Bundtbakers comrades and the beautiful bundts they’ve created this month.



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Chocolate & Lemon Marble Bundt Cake #Bundtbakers
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Makes One 6 cup Chocolate & Lemon marble Bundt Cake.
Serves: 8
  • For the Lemon Cake
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 egg, large
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • For the Chocolate Cake
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg, large
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 6 cup bundt pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. For the Lemon Cake
  4. Place room temperature butter in a mixing bowl.
  5. Place sugar in a small bowl with lemon zest.
  6. Mash the lemon zest and sugar with the back of a spoon until the sugar becomes wet and fragrant.
  7. Add sugar mixture to the butter and cream until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add egg and mix until completely incorporated.
  9. In a measuring cup combine buttermilk, vanilla and lemon juice.
  10. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  11. With the mixer on low, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, in 3 additions.
  12. Scrape batter into a bowl, making sure there's no batter left in the bowl. Set aside.
  13. For the Chocolate Cake
  14. Place the butter and sugar in the same mixing bowl and cream until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  15. Add the egg and mix until completely incorporated.
  16. In a small bowl, mix the espresso powder and boiling water. Stir to combine.
  17. Mix in the espresso mixture with the butter mixture until completely incorporated.
  18. Combine buttermilk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup.
  19. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt.
  20. With the mixer on low, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, in 3 additions.
  21. Using a scoop or a large spoon, alternately place lemon and chocolate batter into prepared pan. With a butter knife, cut and twist through batters to obtain marbled effect.
  22. Place bundt pan on a cookie sheet and bake on the middle rack for 35-40 minutes.
  23. Test cake with a toothpick, it should come out clean.
  24. Let bundt cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.
  25. Glaze with a Chocolate Espresso Glaze.
For the Chocolate Espresso Glaze: Place 1.5 ounces of semisweet chocolate, ¾ teaspoon of espresso powder, and ¼ cup of heavy cream in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second burst until the chocolate has melted and the cream is warm. Stir until the glaze is smooth and shiny. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before glazing cake.


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      ya know, I was completely skeptical about this combination. I mean chocolate & orange makes complete sense to me, but chocolate & lemon? Not so much. I’ll know better next time.

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      thanks, Tammy! it took me a minute to get the chocolate batter to have the same consistency of the lemon batter. glad that it worked out because you’re right-this cake is moist and delicious.

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    This cake is simply gorgeous and looks so unbelievably moist and tender! Lemon and chocolate does sound pretty weird together, but really I don’t know why! Lime and chocolate together is really common in the UK, and I love chocolate and orange together. I think you’ve got a winner here!
    As for the chocolate and onion, I’ll have to take their word for it. One of my favorite bloggers, Maria at Sift & Whisk once made a chocolate and black garlic bundt cake that sounded really interesting but not really something I’m brave enough to try for myself!
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      thanks, Tux! chocolate & black garlic bundt cake? sounds pretty gross, but what do I know? before I made this bundt, I would’ve been surprised that lime and chocolate go well together (at lest in the UK, haha!) now that I know chocolate & lemon pair well, the chocolate & lime combo seems plausible. perhaps, I will try a lemon and chocolate tart next. I found an interesting recipe for it while researching this bundt.

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    I can definitely see me loving a piece of your chocolate and lemon marble cake. This theme really has me wondering what else would go together, but would seem weird at first.

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    That is one seriously stunning cake! Wow. I love the marble! I’ve never tried chocolate and lemon together, but, like you, I love them both on their own so they *must* be good together :). Not so sure about the chocolate onion though… I’ll let you taste test that one first! haha.

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      Olivia! Always a pleasure to hear from you. Lemon and chocolate? I was like…um, wtf? Wasn’t sure they were going to work together but I was pleasantly surprised when they did. Now I’m thinking about throwing some lemon chocolate tarts together…maybe. But chocolate and onion? Fuggetaboutit! I think we’re both gonna skip that one. 🙂

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    Was looking for a combo of Lemon and chocolate dessert for a double birthday party and found this recipe. I made candied lemon zest to put on top! So excited for the family to try tomorrow. Looks beautiful. Thanks for the recipe and helpful tips.

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    If something tastes better than you expected, you could use the word wow to express your surprise. If you say something tastes amazing, you’re saying it tastes even better than great or really good.

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    I followed the recipe to the T but somehow my cake didn’t rise much at all 🙁 what could I have done wrong? Still tasted delicious tho! I love the coffee in the glaze as well!

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