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Basic Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Basic Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

This 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!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


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


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Combine the milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with milk mixture. Mix well.
  • 2. Pour into greased tube pan without removable bottom. Bake at 350° for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

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lvarner User ID: 35803 249016
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2016

"This is an excellent pound cake. I love to serve it with scoops of vanilla ice cream. It's definitely a recipe that I go back to time and time again."

[email protected] User ID: 2350474 240531
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"I made this pound cake for Christmas gifts. Instead of baking it in a tube pan, I baked the batter in 2-9 inch and 1-8 inch bread pans. They baked up very nice and I used a vanilla glaze on the tops."

1coolauthor2 User ID: 8250369 219984
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"I'm a die hard chocoholic, I always gotta have some or anything with chocolate in it. I told my family and in laws that I would not be able to work in a candy factory. why you might ask? Think about that episode of I Love Lucy where she and Ethel got jobs working in one and when the conveyor belt sped up, they couldn't get the chocolates wrapped fast enough. They ended up eating some or trying to hide some in their uniforms lol."

TrixieSue2 User ID: 7659804 12967
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"A wonderful cake, easy to make , very yummy."

dezi11 User ID: 1434151 16823
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"This is sooo delish!! I didn't have any lard so used about a 1/4 c. Canola oil. I also baked it in two bread loaf pans. I baked it about 45 min. It had a really good flavor, this is a keeper!"

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