Homemade Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Chocolate Pound Cake
Chocolate Pound Cake. Annabelle Breakey/Photolibrary/Getty
  • 92 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins,
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings
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This chocolate pound cake is baked in a tube pan. It's an excellent cake for a special occasion. Add a chocolate glaze or leave it plain and dust with powdered sugar. It's a good cake to make for a bake sale, too.

This cake recipe is very popular, and it has received many positive comments and feedback over the years. One person used egg beaters, skim milk, and light margarine and she said it didn't affect the cake at all. Another person said it was exactly like a recipe her grandmother used 75 years ago.

If you take it to a party, take a few copies of the recipe! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup milk

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 325° F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube cake pan.
  2. Cream butter and shortening; add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in vanilla.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl then add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.
  5. Spread the batter in the prepared tube cake pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 70 to 80 minutes, or until the cake bounces back when touched lightly in the center with finger. Don't open the oven door until the minimum time of 70 minutes.
  1. Place the cake (right side up) on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the can to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.


    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 393
    Total Fat 22 g
    Saturated Fat 11 g
    Unsaturated Fat 8 g
    Cholesterol 93 mg
    Sodium 164 mg
    Carbohydrates 47 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 4 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)