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Chocolate Chip Pound Cake Recipe

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake Recipe

My mom has been making this cake for 30 years. Dotted with chips and topped with a chocolate glaze, it is absolutely divine, I once got up at 5 a.m. to bake a cake before work so the ladies in my office could enjoy it warm from the oven. They loved it! —Michelle Werts Brookville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:12-14 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • 2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 3. For glaze, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Whisk in confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 630 calories, 30 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 122 mg cholesterol, 393 mg sodium, 85 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Reviews for Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"I just made this cake today for Easter and it was delicious! I used dark chocolate chips for the glaze. Make sure you grease the pan well as part of my cake got stuck. I will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"I adjusted for altitude and substituted half the sour cream for yogurt. I used a bigger tube pan so it was ready in 45 minutes and was moist. I didn't read the reviews before doing it: didn't dust the chips and they sank. I will try dusting them next time. Didn't use the glaze, and everybody loved it."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I made some adjustments to the recipe because I didn't have sour cream. So I used softened cream cheese. After mixing all of the ingredients together the batter seemed dry so I added milk until the batter was the right consistency. I baked the cake on 350 for about an hour an 10 minutes. I did make the glaze as well. The cake turned out wonderfully. I think using the cream cheese and milk made the cake lighter. I will definitely make this cake again!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"I just made the cake...turned out delicious... I did change the recipe a bit... I used 2 sticks of butter, 5 eggs, and 2-1/2 cups of sour cream. Very moist, good with a cup of coffee or tea. I also baked it on @ 325 for 2 hours. It's a hit in my house... Nice Christmas cake dusted with powder sugar."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"The recipe 'As is'..... Took an extra 15 minutes in the oven which made it drier than it should have been. Very heavy and filling for the lack of flavor you get. Didn't use the frosting.When my husband only eats half a piece and my daughter doesn't ask for more, I know not to make it again. I usually take some to share at work...but not this one. Too heavy and bland."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"First time with this receipe, the baking time took extra 15 mins. almost burnt the bottom. But the flavor was great. Everybody loved it. I will make this again. Thanks for the tip about the choc. chips."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"I have made this cake several times and it has always turned out perfect. I have even added a little Rum in it and made A Rum Chocolate Chip cake. That was a big hit also. In baking I learned from the first time you have to leave it in at least 15 min longer. But it also depends on your stove."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"The chocolate chip poundcake is wonderful. Although, I followed the recipe just as it stated, it fell the first time I made it. I took it out of the oven right on time and it was not done. I had to add an additional 10 minutes to the baking time the 2nd time that I baked it."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013 Edited Oct. 18, 2013

"Very good. Moist and delicious. I took the advice and did without the glaze and just dusted it with powdered sugar and it was plenty sweet. Also, if you dust the chocolate chips in flour before you add them they won't just sink to the bottom of the batter they'll be evenly distributed. I will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"I've made this recipe several times and it is always wonderful. The last couple times I have left off the glaze, it's good just makes it very rich."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"Would like to make this cake again and use the method of dusting the chocolate chips as said in some of the reviews. Do you use the mini chips or the regular size chips?"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I made this last year for my Easter lamb cake mold. We loved it so I decided to make it again this year. We are trying to stay away from refined sugar so I used honey and it is AMAZING!"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"have never tried it but want to make it,"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"The cake is wonderful but next time I think I'll cut the chocolate chips down to 1 cup."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Very tasty. Used mini choco chips, my only complaint is the crust began to burn/overcook after 50 min. The cake was moist and delish inside. I think maybe it was the mini chips causing the crust to over-brown. Might try again at 325."

Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"The recipe yields quite a big bundt cake. I found it too heavy & abit dry. It's the first time I had so much of it leftover. I threw away 3/4s of the cake."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Very yummy cake, sweet with a nice texture. I also skipped the glaze, it didn't seem to need it. I used mini chocolate chips because I had them on hand. I tried another posters suggestion and dusted the chips with confectioners sugar - it worked great; the chips were evenly distributed through the cake. Good tip."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"This is just like the recipe I had from my Grandmother. I toss the mini- chocolate ships in powdered sugar prior to adding to cake so they would not sink to the bottom. Also, I dusted to top of the cooled cake with powdered sugar instead of the frosting. Always the first plate empty at any gathering."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"I made this recipe for my daughter's first birthday and it was PERFECT! Moist, the chocolate chips didn't sink (thank you, sour cream!), and delicious. And, it's pretty easy to make. One change I made is I use cake flour for an even better crumb. I am already planning on making it again. Thank you! :-)"

Reviewed May. 12, 2011

"This is a good, simple, rich cake recipe. The glaze, however, seems unnecessary. Not only is the amount rather large for a single bundt cake (it makes more than shown in the photo), but it overwhelms the tasty purity of the pound cake. It's not bad, mind you, but if I were to make this again I would either reduce the frosting by half or eliminate it entirely.

I made this for a group of high school students, and they all liked it. It makes a lot, so we have lots left over for our family."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"Thank you for your Moms' recipe I made it for after Easter Dinner, really good!!"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"Very yummy! All the kids in our youth group LOVED it! I didn't have enough ingredients to make the whole bundt pan, so I cut it in half and used a loaf pan instead. Worked great!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"My husband and I couldn't stop eating this, even without the frosting! I used a mix of semi, milk, and white chips, very yummy."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"The cake looked as beautiful as the picture but, I found this cake to be too sweet with chips and glaze. There seemed to be too many chocolate chips and some stayed in a bunch, which made the slice fall apart when cutting. Will try cake again using less chips."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"If your mom has been making this for 30 years then I am definately saving this one. I know for sure it is a tried and true recipe everytime. Thanks so much for sharing."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"This is keeper!! Very delicious,

I've made it several times!!

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2009

"This is one of the most requested cakes at my house. It is a moist, satisfying treat each time we make it."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2008

"Yes it's a wonderful cake for sure. I will try it very soon!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2007

"That looks so good,Wish i had a piece of it right now.Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us all.

Merry Christmas"

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