Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Chocolate Pound Cake has always been my sister’s signature birthday cake.


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As early as I can remember, my Grandmother Verdie would make her Chocolate Pound Cake for my sister each year. It seriously was the highlight of my sister’s birthday.

At least for me it was.

I was one of those kids that had a hard time on their sibling’s birthdays. You see, my birthday was in the cold of winter – January 20th – and it seemed as if every year it snowed.

In most places, that probably doesn’t sound like a very big deal and may even sound fun. But, when you grow up in the south, you quickly learn that snow isn’t your friend when you are planning a birthday party. Roads shut down, schools close, milk and bread are gone from the store shelves the moment Guy Sharp ever thought about mentioning the four letter word on his noon forecast.

In a nutshell. You don’t have birthday parties.

On the other hand, my sister has a mild, warm-weathered month like May as her birthday month. Usually the rains of April have passed and everyone is excited about the upcoming summer break. Everyone is happy and in the party spirit. Birthday parties aren’t cancelled in May.

Well, that’s how it went down at my house at least.


Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe | ©


So, yes. I admit it. I begrudged my sister’s slumber parties and skating rink birthday parties.

Now, I’m not going to sound like I never ever had a party because that wouldn’t be true at all. My Mama did her very best to reschedule those parties that were cancelled because of crazy weather. Most times it worked out perfectly and all would be well.

But when May rolled around and my sister’s birthday party plans were in full swing, a little green monster would peek her head out for a little bit.

The one thing that would soothe my bruised ego? Getting to help my Grandmother whip up her Chocolate Pound Cake. I think she knew I needed a little special time of my own. Grandmothers are just cool like that.

So, here’s my Chocolate Pound Cake recipe. I hope it makes it to many of your favorite celebrations or even nurses your wounded heart. Whichever the case may be.

Yield: 12

Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Chocolate Pound Cake makes a delicious pound cake you'll love to serve for special occasions, celebrations, or just because. Get this family-favorite chocolate pound cake recipe to share with your family.
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  • 3 sticks butter 1½ cups
  • 1 8- ounce package cream cheese
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare bundt or tube pan and set aside.
  2. Let butter, cream cheese, and eggs come to room temperature.
  3. Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar til fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add flour, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla.
  4. Mix until just well-combined but do not over mix.
  5. Pour into prepared bundt or tube pan.
  6. Bake until golden brown and skewer inserted into middle of cake comes out clean, about 1 and half hours.

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Oh yeah, the icing. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the fudge icing on this cake. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

For more delicious cake recipes, you might enjoy these:

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe. Ever

Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe


Robyn xoxo

55 comments on “Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe”

  1. Since my birthday is January 21, I completely understand. Every single skating party was cancelled due to snow! I love this cake and will have to try it soon.

  2. All of my kids have winter-ish birthdays, and I always feel badly. Maybe I need to make them this cake to make up for it!!

  3. I’m always on the lookout for a great pound cake recipe! Yay Robyn!

  4. Three sticks of butter will soothe anything! Thanks for sharing!

    • This is from West Australia…what is a Stick of butter?
      I have a birthday at the end of June and it’s always winter and no one wants to go out in the cold.

      I am looking forward to making this cake. Today I made Vanilla slices for the very first time.

  5. I hear ya… We have the same January/May birthday scenario in our house!
    Love this cake!!

  6. Love this cake!! It looks perfect!

  7. This is so beautiful! Yum

  8. I hope you don’t mind that I just drooled ALL OVER your blog by looking at this cake. Holy YUM, lady!

  9. Am I the only one that just gained 90 pounds by reading this post? 😉 I can’t wait to see the frosting tomorrow!

  10. @Heather- me too. I love this CAKE!!!!

  11. Gotta love a good pound cake! Especially when it’s chocolate!

  12. I wish I were your sis right now. LOL This looks fantastic, Robyn. Pinning for later … 🙂

  13. Is there a recipe already posted for the fudgy icing poured over the chocolate pound cake. I am so drooing over this cake! Thanks.

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  15. Oh my heavens! This looks absolutely incredible!

  16. This cake just looks so perfectly lovely. I bet it would be perfect to eat on a cold snowy January night, too.

  17. Oh, this is absolutely gorgeous! I am definitely saving this recipe!

  18. This is a gorgeous cake!! I’m definitely making it!

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  20. We have same birthday Jan 20th! With a little difference, I grew up in Puerto Rico and my bdays were always sunny 🙂
    Thanks or this awesome recipe

  21. Love pound cake & chocolate at that…….can’t wait to try this recipe…tks!

  22. Hi there. Lovely cake. I have one question ?
    Baking powder is not mentioned in the recipe. Why so ?

  23. Can anyone tell me howmuch the butter is in gram9s?

    Thank alot.

  24. You say prepare the pans, do you mean we should use butter or cooking spray? Or is that needed at all? Thanks!

  25. Can you send me the recipe for the icing on this cake?

  26. It’s in the oven now…I decided not to add the coco…I did add about 1/4 cup of four instead..Hope this comes out…

  27. LOL it’s funny cause my birthday is January 20th as well and I googled chocolate pound cake recipe for me to bake tomorrow. I’ll definitely try this one! 🙂

  28. Just made this cake for my sons 16th!!
    Fudge icing was tricky, but turned out very smooth.

  29. I would love the icing reciepe!!!!

  30. 3C sugar? I’m fixin to make this, just wanted to be sure on the amount!

    • Hi Nancy,
      Yes, this pound cake recipe uses 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups flour. I hope that helps! Enjoy! It’s definitely a cake for special occasions. xo

  31. I tried this recipe since it is similar in ingredients to my regular pound cake. My recipe has some heavy cream. I was wondering if cream was omitted in error from the recipe. My cake was a little dry and I think some cream may have made the difference. TY

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  33. Hi, do you think I could 1 1/2 this recipe to make a larger cake for a crowd ? I would use the larger bundt pan . Hope to hear from you ! Thank you !!

    • Hi Debbie,
      I think it would be better to make two individual cakes rather than making it another 1/2 time larger. I’m afraid it wouldn’t set well or would potentially overflow since it is already a rather large pound cake recipe. I hope that helps! xo

  34. Hi, i love your recipes, it seems you make them with pleasure and love.
    But i’ve an important question for this pound cake. Because i saw that you didn’t add baking powder or baking soda is that correct? i don’t need for this one! Thanks and have a good nighr.

  35. I made this for my church fellowship meal and it was very yummy despite my fudge disaster. Also, the cake looked deceivingly dry, but it was moist and dense. The fudge icing took longer than expected and really set up fast when done. I made the mistake of spooning it on and that was a huge mistake. What I ended up with was a volcano looking cake due to the uneven masses of fudge. I will use a candy thermometer next time and there will be a next time. This cake is a winner. Thanks Robyn 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked it Morgan! This is one of my Grandmother’s delicious cake recipes that has always been one of our favorites! This is the one Grandmother made for my sister’s birthday most often.
      As for the icing next time, I think if you start out pouring the icing onto the cake, that will help.
      I hope you continue to enjoy it! It’s a special cake.
      Thanks so much! xo

  36. Do you not use any kind of liquid in this cake? It sounds good but sounds like it would be dry!!! Just wondering….i want to make this and make it my favorite go to!!!!

    • Hi Debbie!
      There is no liquid added to this recipe. With all the ingredients – such as cream cheese, butter and all the eggs, it is definitely not dry. It is delicious when made according to the recipe and the ingredients listed. We’ve enjoyed this cake for many generations in my family and I hope you love it as well!
      Thanks! xo

  37. Are you using unsalted butter since you are adding salt?

  38. How many cups of cake mix does this make? I am making a 3d cake in a mold and need 6 cups of pound cake batter how many batches should I make?

  39. You know I have been struggling to make a chocolate cake I have a lot of attempts, bit they have not been successful. After trying this recipe, it was a hit. And I rate it to be the best number 1 thankyou.

  40. If not using a bundt pan, which is bigger. What size tube pan would you recommend? I’m dying to make this, I just don’t anything to overflow.


  41. Upon first reading THIS recipe I could not believe the amount of each ingredients. My curiosity resulted in using THIS specific recipe. OMGosh…you would not believe how delicious THIS bundt cake is! THANK YOU for posting!

    • I’m so glad you gave this a try and enjoyed it Danette! It’s been a family favorite for generations – in fact it is the cake my sister always requested my grandmother make for her birthday growing up. It’s amazing with the poured Fudge Icing over it too in case you want to give that a try sometime too. 😉
      Thanks! xo

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