Basic Chocolate Pound Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 10 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
This chocolate pound cake is one of my favorite cakes to bake. A friend of mine gave me this recipe years ago. Somehow it just gets better each time you bake it! —Doris Fletcher, Hendersonville, North Carolina


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder and cocoa. Combine milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with milk mixture. Mix well.
  2. Pour into greased 10-in. tube pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 70-80 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 429 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.