Chocolate Pound Cake is the “little black dress” of cakes, the epitome of elegant simplicity. This perfect pound cake melts-in-your-mouth with big chocolate flavor!
It took months of baking hundreds of pounds cakes to create my incredibly popular vanilla Pound Cake recipe. If you’re a baking geek like me, you can read all about how I adjusted the ingredient percentages in this comprehensive post about creating a great cake recipe.
I have created a comprehensive “Cake Batter Course” which explains step by step and ingredient by ingredient how I created a great pound cake recipe by adapting that original recipe. If you’re interested, over 7 classes (blog posts) you can learn all about the ingredients and mixing methods for cake batter.
It’s pretty detailed stuff, but what you learn about baking can be applied to all your recipes, not just cake batter. And it’s free here on Baking Sense.
To create this recipe for Chocolate Pound Cake I started with my perfected pound cake recipe and simply swapped out a portion of the flour and added my favorite Dutch processed cocoa powder. I also added a hint of instant espresso to enhance the chocolate flavor and color of the cake.
- Vanilla extract
- Whole milk
- Cake flour
- Dutch process cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Instant espresso powder (optional)
- Granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
FAQs about Chocolate Pound Cake:
I like to use Dutch processed dark cocoa for a deep dark chocolate flavor and color. I’ve put a link to my favorite brand in the recipe card. (As an Amazon associate I earn money from purchases.)
I baked all the cakes in a 9”x 5” loaf pan, but this cake also bakes up nicely in a Bundt pan. A friend even baked the batter as cupcakes with great success.
Keep the cake covered at room temperature for 3-4 days. Never refrigerate a cake (unless it has a perishable filling). The refrigerator will make the cake go stale faster.
Yes, the cake freezes beautifully. Wrap the whole cake, or individual slices, in a double layer of plastic wrap. Allow the cake to defrost at room temperature in the plastic.
Personally, I don’t think this cake needs any embellishment, other than a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a pretty finish. But the cake is also lovely served with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of ice cream or with fresh fruit.
Here are some other pound cake recipes for you to try:
- Perfect Pound Cake
- Blueberry Pound Cake
- Honey Pound Cake
- Sour Cream Pound Cake
- Marble Pound Cake
- Coconut Pound Cake
- Key Lime Pound Cake
If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.
Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe
- 3 large eggs (room temp)
- 4 egg yolks (room temp)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 oz whole milk (¼ cup, divided)
- 6 oz cake flour (1 ½ cups)
- 2 oz Dutch process cocoa powder (½ cup)
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (optional)
- 10 oz granulated sugar (1 ¼ cups)
- 9 oz unsalted butter (room temp)
- Preheat the oven to at 350 °F. Butter and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan or Bundt pan.
- Combine 3 large eggs, 4 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and half the milk in a small bowl, whisk to combine and set aside.
- Sift together 6 oz cake flour, 2 oz Dutch process cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon table salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder in a mixing bowl. Add 10 oz granulated sugar to the flour and mix at low speed for 30 seconds. Add 9 oz unsalted butter to the flour and mix until combined. Add the other ½ of the milk and increase the speed to medium high. Mix for a full 2-3 minutes. The batter will lighten in color and texture. If your using a hand mixer add another minute or two to the mixing time.
- Scrape the bowl and paddle thoroughly. On low speed, add the egg mixture in 3 increments, scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix just until the eggs are incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth to an even layer. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (about 55 minutes).
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