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Chocolate Pound Cake for #BundtBakers

Chocolate Pound Cake | Magnolia Days

Getting older seems to kick off new discoveries. Some of them are quite fun. Others, well, not so much. Discovering how you simply can’t do things like you used to is one of them. I think about how great it would be to once again have the energy of a 20 year old. Since I recently hit 50 things are cropping up like I never would have expected. Then I wonder what it would be like to be almost twice my age. I was thinking of all of this while baking this Chocolate Pound Cake.

Why was I thinking of getting older? It is because the recipe is from my husband’s 95 year old grandmother. Wow, 95 big long years. Can you imagine? It sure makes 50 sound quite young. Anyway, this is a cake she baked for a family gathering many years ago. I asked her for the recipe because I enjoyed it so much. It’s been in my recipe collection for about 30 years.

Chocolate Pound Cake | Magnolia Days

The recipe below is a slightly adapted one. I made the minor change of using butter instead of margarine. I see a lot of older recipes calling for margarine because of years ago when butter was considered bad and everyone used margarine instead. I also expanded on the directions. The method on the original recipe was way too brief. It also called for sifting the flour twice which is not necessary with the flour produced with current milling and packaging techniques.

My Chocolate Pound Cake has a dark exterior. It is because I dusted the pan with cocoa powder instead of flour. It is a trick I learned when baking chocolate cakes so the outside doesn’t look white’ish. It especially comes in to play when a cake is not frosted such as with a bundt. Be sure to use a large bundt pan (10 to 12 cup capacity) or you can use a tube pan.

Chocolate Pound Cake | Magnolia Days

How is the cake? It is not quite as dense as a typical pound cake. Baking powder gives it a looser crumb and a slight airy quality. The chocolate flavor is what I would consider a medium level. It is a little more chocolate-y than a German Chocolate Cake and yet less than a Devil’s Food cake. It’s the middle ground in the realm of chocolate.

Chocolate Pound Cake | Magnolia Days

What kind of chocolate cake do you enjoy? This month’s Bundt Bakers theme is chocolate. We have a big lineup of recipes for beautiful and delicious bundt cakes. Scroll down to see the list and each recipe is a click away. Thanks to Tanya of DessertStalking for hosting this month.

Chocolate Pound Cake | Magnolia Days
4.25 from 4 votes

Chocolate Pound Cake

This Chocolate Pound Cake recipe is a classic one baked in a bundt pan or tube pan. It is simply chocolate and a family favorite for generations.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 to 16 servings
Author Renee


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup bundt pan or tube pan. Dust pan with cocoa powder or flour.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream butter and shortening in a large bowl. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternatively with milk in two additions, mixing on low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix. Stir in vanilla.
  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserting in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool cake in pan for 12 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

This Chocolate Pound Cake recipe is a classic one baked in a bundt pan or tube pan. It is simply chocolate and a family favorite for generations.

Bring on the chocolate! Especially when it in the shape of a beautiful bundt. Look at these fabulous chocolate bundt cake recipes by talented bakers from around the world:

Bundt Bakers LogoWhat is Bundt Bakers? It’s a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Bundt Bakers Pinterest board for incredible bundt cake recipes and inspiration. Stacy of Food Lust People Love heads up our group and has a #BundtBakers page where you can find information and links to the recipes for each month.

How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Would you like to join in the fun? If you are a food blogger, send an email with your blog name and url to Stacy at [email protected].

Recipe Rating

Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

Monday 23rd of February 2015

how cool that this recipe is from your hubby's grandmother!!! I love that. and I love this chocolatey pound cake! (and to aanswer your question...the more chocolatey the better :D)

Laura@Baking in Pyjamaa

Saturday 21st of February 2015

How wonderful to have had the recipe passed down to you, it looks packed full of lovely chocolatey goodness.

Un Mordisco Un pecado

Saturday 21st of February 2015

Sounds delicious!!!

Patricia Blanco

Saturday 21st of February 2015

I can only say when I see your pictures that I'm looking at perfection when talking about baking!!! Your cake is perfect!!! I love it!!!


Saturday 21st of February 2015

Renee, I know age is just a number but I am over 50 myself and beginning to feel it. I understand perfectly well your comment, specially when my hands ache in the morning for no reason. I love the simplicity of your recipe and thank you for sharing it with us, it is an honor.