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Chocolate Pound Cake makes a delicious pound cake you’ll love to serve for special occasions and celebrations!

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

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

At least for me it was. And once you try this pound cake, you’ll know why.

Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

My birthday is in the cold of winter – in January – and when I was a kid it seemed as if every year it snowed.

In most places, that won’t sound like a big deal and may even sound fun. But, when you grow up in the south, you learn that snow isn’t your friend when you are planning a birthday party. Roads shut down, schools close, milk and bread are gone.

In a nutshell – you have to reschedule a lot of birthday parties when you are a Southern kid with a January birthday. On the other hand, my sister has a mild, warm-weathered May birthday. Birthday parties aren’t usually cancelled in May.

Before you feel too sorry for me as a little girl, my Mama always rescheduled birthday parties when we had crazy weather.

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But I guess it was all meant to happen this way, because one of my best memories with her birthday is making this iconic, decadent Chocolate Pound Cake with my Grandmother. Grandmothers are just cool like that – and mine was extra special. Here’s how to make this family favorite Chocolate Pound Cake.

How to Make Chocolate Pound Cake

This pound cake is super simple to make and oh so worth it too! It’s delicious with or without the fudge icing, but do me a favor and try it with the icing. Oh mercy is it ever a cake to remember!

To make this favorite moist, rich pound cake, you’ll need the following ingredients.

  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa Powder – unsweetened
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Vanilla – or another favorite vanilla extract

Start by letting butter, cream cheese and eggs come to room temperature.

Then you’ll preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare your Bundt pan or tube pan and set aside.

Cream (mix) together butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Then add one egg at a time, mixing until just combined after each one. Add flour, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla.

Mix until just well combined but do not over mix. Pour into prepared bundt or tube pan.

Bake until golden brown and skewer inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean. This is about 1 and half hours.

Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes in the pan. Then carefully transfer the cake out onto a rack to completely cool. After cake is completely cool, place on cake plate and add Fudge Icing if you wish. Serve and enjoy!

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.

4.91 from 10 votes

Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Dessert 1 hr 45 mins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 24
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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.


  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 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


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

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Recipe Review


  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!!

    1. 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.

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

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

  5. 5 stars
    Is there a recipe already posted for the fudgy icing poured over the chocolate pound cake. I am so drooing over this cake! Thanks.

    1. The recipe for the icing posts tomorrow. (at 12:01 am, actually!) Hope you love it!

    2. Robyn,
      I have to make cupcakes tomorrow and they have requested chocolate pound cake cupcakes. Will this recipe work with cupcakes?


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

  7. 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

  8. 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…

  9. 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! 🙂

    1. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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 !!

    1. 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

  12. 5 stars
    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.

  13. 5 stars
    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 🙂

    1. 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

  14. 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!!!!

    1. 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

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

    1. I’m so excited it was a hit for you Henry! It’s a special family favorite for us! Thanks!

  17. 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.


  18. 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!

    1. 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

  19. 4 stars
    How long do you mix the cake at the end? Should flour, salt and coco be sift together one or two times? The cake has a very good taste, when I took it out and let it cool the cocoa was at the bottom of the cake like it was done, I will try it again, I not sure what happen.

    1. Just make sure the dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed together – there won’t be any cocoa or sugar on the bottom – it will be mixed together. Thanks!

    1. Yes, the recipe is correct, Angel. I hope you enjoy it – it’s been a family favorite for many, many years. Thanks!

  20. 5 stars
    Thank you for offering a recipe that does not have shortening. The full fat cream cheese and using real butter is very good. I did not use icing. I was so surprised and pleased this recipe made 4 Mini loaves, 24 mini muffins, 6 jumbo muffins and 4 regular muffins. I originally wanted to make 4 mini loaves but found myself grabbing for more pans. Thanks again, Robyn.

  21. 5 stars
    Amazing cake! Thank you!! Made it for my husband’s birthday and topped with a dark chocolate ganache icing and sprinkles…it looked like a chocolate donut. I am curious, though….does it have to be refrigerated for storage? I did last time and not sure I want to this time. I made it last night and now it’s cool… serving it tonight at Bible study and I don’t want it to be too stiff from fridge. So if it can stay out I’ll do that instead.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Ganache icing can usually stay out at room temperature for about 2 days before it has to be refrigerated. It should be fine to leave out and serve tonight before you have to refrigerate. Happy Birthday to your husband!

  22. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious pound cake that I take to every party, event, and family gathering. My family will ask for it, and then ask to take some home!

    1. Thank you, Jordan. I’m so happy this cake has worked so well for you. I have always loved this cake.

  23. So, you pour the icing over the cake? Butter cream would be too sweet. Do you have a fudge icing recipe to share? Thanks!