Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

by Amy on 9 March 2012

Nutella-Swirl Pound Cakeif you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that i love nutella. i’ve made caramel-nutella crumb bars, chocolate nutella thumbprint cookies, + simple but amazingly delicious nutella cookies. well, i now have another nutella recipe to add to the mix – nutella-swirl pound cake. i had this recipe bookmarked for ages, but had yet to bake it, as every time i had a full jar of nutella in the house, it would miraculously be consumed before i got around to making it.

luckily, earlier this week, i had a quiet afternoon, + decided it was time to give this fab-sounding pound cake a try. i got the needed ingredients from the grocery store, including a brand-new jar of nutella, + set about baking. + the results?  well, with two sticks of butter + an entire jar of nutella in the recipe, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the pound cake is mighty tasty! the cake is moist, flavorful + rich without being heavy, while the ribbons of nutella add a lovely decadence + richness. it would be great for a mid-morning brunch, excellent with afternoon tea, or perfect as an after-dinner dessert. next time you’re looking for a fabulous sweet, give this pound cake a try!

nutella-swirl pound cake

makes one 9″x5″ loaf, adapted from food & wine


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
one 13-ounce jar nutella


preheat the oven to 325°. lightly grease + flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour.

in a glass measuring cup, lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla. in a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder + salt.

in a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. with the mixer at medium-low speed, gradually beat in the egg mixture until fully incorporated. add the flour mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed between additions until just incorporated. continue to beat for 30 seconds longer.

spread one-third of the batter in the prepared pan, then spread half of the nutella on top. repeat with another third of the batter + the remaining nutella. top with the remaining batter. lightly swirl the nutella into the batter with a butter knife. do not overmix.

bake the cake for about 1 hour + 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. invert the cake onto a wire rack, turn it right side up + let cool completely, about 2 hours. cut the cake into slices + serve.

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1 EA-The Spicy RD March 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

Yum! I’d love a slice with my morning coffee right now!!!

2 Steph@RamblingWren March 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

Oh my, this looks some yummy goodness! This would be perfect with my blueberry hot tea:) thank you for sharing the recipe.

3 amy March 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

i said the same thing when i made it – that it’s the perfect snack with a nice cup of hot tea. i have a blueberry/pomegranate tea that i’ll have to try with it this afternoon!

4 kristen @ notsodomesticated March 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

Love this!! I love Nutella … and I love that this recipe requires very simple ingredients! :)

5 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

Amy, this looks so great. Your swirled effect is absolutely perfect!

And I took a look at your other Nutella recipes. I just bought 2 big jars from Costco so I plan on making them all! :)

6 amy March 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

ooh, awesome! you’ll have to let me know which ones you try + how they all turn out. happy nutella-ing!

7 Heather March 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

Amy, just straight nutella from the jar? As in 1/2 the jar? And then the other 1/2? I think I’m going to make this and I don’t want to screw it up. Really want to make the malted choc chip cookies today too! Sneak peek at the recipe? Pretty please with nutella on top?

8 amy March 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

yup, just straight nutella right from the jar! 1/2 the jar, then the rest! i heated it ever-so-slighty in the microwave, just to make it extra spreadable, but you don’t even have to do that. i’ll email you the malted chocolate chip cookie recipe momentarily!

9 Kathryn March 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

I love pound cakes and the swirl of nutella here just looks heavenly!

10 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

What a delicious looking pound cake! Love the Nutella swirl, too. Mmmm…

11 sportsglutton March 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

Nutella is definitely a drug of choice here in the glutton household and I would happily enjoy a few pieces of your poundcake right now.

To tempt your love of nutella you might want to check out this recipe I posted a while back:

Have a great weekend Amy!

12 amy March 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

ooh, off to check out the cookies – thanks for sharing the link!

13 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I am in LOVE with Nutella! This cake look delicious. Love the swirls!! I can’t wait to try it!

14 amy's hungry husband March 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I lucked out and got the rest of the cake when Amy was nice enough to swing by my office and drop it off. I delicately fanned out the slices on a nice plate (wife’s orders) and took a spin around the office. Minutes later, just crumbs and happy faces. Such is the power of Nutella. Thanks, love!

15 amy March 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

aww, you’re very welcome – i’m so glad that you + the officemates liked it!

16 Lesley March 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

This looks so wonderful, but I have yet to do anything with Nutella other than eat it straight out of the jar. It never lasts long enough to do anything else! :)

17 Choc Chip Uru March 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

What a delicious addition to your Nutella collection! I am dying for a slice of this gorgeous crumby cake 😀

Choc Chip Uru

18 Malia March 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I can not wait to make this! Just need a full jar of Nutella….like Lesley said…it’s doesn’t stay full for very long!

19 amy March 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

malia + lesley, i hear ya! that’s why i hadn’t made the pound cake ’til just recently – we never seem to have a full jar of nutella around for more than a few minutes! =)

20 Ally Garner March 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Oh my. An entire jar of nutella? Yes please! It’s such a pretty pound cake and I love that you chose a loaf pan for baking. Gracious that looks delicious!

21 Biana | Meal Planning Tips March 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Wow, this looks fabulous! Cake AND Nutella, sounds delicious.

22 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl March 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Holy yum, this looks amazing! I love pound cake and I love nutella, so this is pretty much a no-brainer. I’ll be making this soon for a special weekend breakfast!

23 Jackie @ Domestic Fits March 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Can we still be friends if I tell you I’ve never had Nutella?

24 amy March 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

oh my goodness, you haven’t?! we definitely can still be friends, but i’m going to need you to remedy that asap. =)

25 angela@spinachtiger March 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

A real winner this one is. Love nutella and pound cake. Pound cake is good for breakfast, snack, dessert or late night with milk. I think your swirl is pretty too.

26 Renee March 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Now this is a nutella recipe I can really get behind…because it does not leave me with extra nutella that calls out to me 24/7. Only one small thing though which is trying to restrain myself from eating this pound cake for breakfast. lunch, and snacks in between. Wow, it sounds so yummy! (I’m still putting it on my list of things to bake)

27 amy March 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

agree – leftover nutella always calls out to me, too, so i loved that this used up the entire jar!

28 Julie @ Table for Two March 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

woah! this is awesome, i love poundcake as it is but nutella added in between the layers of poundcake is so clever and amazing! i want this now..seriously.

29 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) March 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

Yum…love this, amy! I love nutella and biscoff spread, both of which would make an EXCELLENT swirl in your rich pound cake. I can understand why you bookmarked this recipe!

30 Young Wifey March 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

Amy, that would make fantastic grilled pound cake!!!

31 amy March 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

ooh, i’ve seen grilled pound cake but have never tried it – might have to fire up the grill + give it a try!

32 danielle March 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

This looks so good – I love some nutella (someone told me that kroger carries a generic hazelnut spread and they have a chunky version – I think chunky nutella could be my downfall)

33 amy March 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

you are correct! =) kroger does have a generic version that costs less than $3, if i remember correctly. i’ve used it before + i can barely taste a difference between it + real nutella. they do also have the chunky version but i’ve never tried it – you’ll have to let me know how it is!

34 Marina March 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Amy!! This looks awesome.. I think I will start a new project where I will ask people to send me cake from all over the world 😀 That would be one yummi project :)

35 Jessica @ Cajunlicious March 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Amy this looks so delicious, I wish we were neighbors!

36 Krista March 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I am SOOOO making this! :) I love nutella! My favorite is spreading it on a saltine cracker. :) Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

37 Katie March 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

WOW-you sold me on nutella! I love making poundcakes and now I really feel the urge to make this one!

38 Katia March 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

Everyone on this Earth loves Nutella, it’s addictive : )
I come from the Italian region where Nutella was born (Piedmont), so I’m already in love with this nutella-swirl pound cake!

39 amy March 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

how cool that you’re from the home of Nutella!

40 Krissy's Creations March 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

This looks so incredibly moist! And of course the addition of nutella is a winner in a my book :)

41 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD March 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Wow this looks so moist and delicious.. have to try it soon, thanks hun for another awesome recipe!

42 Baking Serendipity March 13, 2012 at 12:14 am

I love Nutella too, and this pound cake looks fantastic!

43 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

The swirl is so pretty. Such a great idea.

44 natalie (the sweets life) March 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

your swirl turned out so perfect looking! I swirled nutella into pumpkin bread once and we loved it–must try this sometime!

45 amy March 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

you’ll have to let me know what you think of it if/when you try it – i loved it!

46 Julie at Burnt Carrots March 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I’m so embarrassed to say I’ve never tried nutella!!! This looks amazing. I think I’ll be adding nutella to my shopping list for next week!

47 ErinsFoodFiles March 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I definitely remember that poundcake! I thought the same thing you did, with 2 sticks of butter and a jar of nutella how can it not be good?! Haha! Yours looks much lovely than mine did!

48 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings April 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

we love nutella at home, too! what a novel idea…i like this because i am a pound cake freak!!!

49 plasterers bristol March 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Yum yum, these looks superb. Thanks for sharing.


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