Chocolate Pound Cake


This is the best Chocolate Pound Cake that you will ever make!!  The recipe came from the Goodness Gracious  Cookbook by The Junior League of Macon, GA.  given to me by my sister-in-law.  I have made this recipe maybe a million times.  I am not exaggerating.  Well,  maybe a little.  I made this several years ago for a very dear friend of mine .   I volunteered to make the groom’s cake for her daughter.  What in the world was I thinking?   I practiced so much that we were sick of it!!!  You won’t get sick of  it though.  It is a great pound cake with the best texture and chocolate flavor.  Oh, my it is fabulous!!

Here is the recipe and all the pictures to make your baking a little easier.

Chocolate Pound Cake

  • 1 cup butter plus 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cream butter and shortening, add sugar and beat until light.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Sift flour, baking powder, cocoa, and salt.  add dry ingredients alternately with milk.  Add vanilla extract before last flour.  Bake in a greased and floured tube pan 1 hour and 15 minutes at 325 degrees.

Sift 3 cups of Cake Flour

Grease and flour tube cake pan with removable center

2 sticks softened Butter and 1/2 cup shortening

Add 3 cups Sugar

1/2 cup cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder & 1/4 teaspoon salt

Make sure baking powder date has not expired!!!

Sift dry ingredients together

5 eggs at room temperature

Cream fat and sugar

Add eggs 1 at a time and beat after each egg

Batter after all eggs added and mixed

Add dry ingredients alternately with milk

Adding milk alternately with dry ingredients


As needed scrape the side of the bowl

I love this photo!! 1 Tablespoon of vanilla is added.

Ready to bake at 325 degrees for 1hr. 15 min.

When a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake it is done.    Let it cool for at least 15 minutes before taking it out of the pan.  Please allow to cool or else it will fall apart!  Run a straight edge around the cake and the tube.  Carefully remove the cake from the pan by pulling out the center tube.

Run a straight edge under the bottom

Put cake back in the pan and cover with a plate.

Flip it over and remove pan

Put cake platter on top and flip it over

Here you go!!

Hope you enjoy!  Gosh I’m tired after all that!

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks



Filed under Cake, Chocolate, Cooking, Dessert, Recipes

76 responses to “Chocolate Pound Cake

  1. Becca

    The toothpick trick seems like a great way to make sure your cake is done or not!!

  2. Ashley Maryniak

    I didn’t know that letting it sit will keep it together. I guess it is just like the lasagna!

  3. ariel smith

    i learned that you can use a toothpick to see if the cake is done.

  4. Jennifer Pham

    I did not know that we have to alternate in adding the dry ingredients and the wet ones to make it moist and well incorporated.

  5. taylor a davis

    i learned how to make a good pound cake along time ago but never a chocolate pound cake this looks just as easy but you add cocoa.

  6. Ana

    I learned that you have to add the eggs into the cream fat in order to make the chocolate pound cake and i didn’t know that before.

  7. i learned that you have to use 5 eggs instead of the usuall 3. i would of messed up if i did not read the directions cearfully.

  8. taylor roddy

    i learned that the eggs must be at room temperature.

  9. dakota clayton

    shows the importance of procedure

  10. Jessica

    I learned that in order to flip the cake over you put another plate on top of it so it doesnt make a mess.

  11. trevor brazel

    i have learned when baking a cake you should be prepared befor you start cooking.

  12. kenny

    i didint know that use cream fat

  13. Carly Hart

    I never knew that if you take the cake off the pan right after you remove it from the oven, it could fall apart! I always do that, and that could explain why my cakes always fall apart. Thanks!

  14. uniqua dortch

    I Learned that now using toothpicks .. it will save a whole lot of mess. i gotta try it.

  15. tinnia adams

    i might have to try to make that
    i always make carmel

  16. Ashley Kendrick

    I didn’t know you couldn’t eat it right after you get it out of the oven. I didn’t think about letting it cool.

  17. blakely

    i never knew you had to take the pan off right after you take i tout of the oven

  18. lesley baxley

    i had no idea that it would make a difference if the eggs were room temperature! 🙂

  19. brooke

    I didn’t know you had to use a specific pan to make this cake.

  20. Hanna

    i didn’t know you could use toothpicks to see if it was done!

  21. i just learnd about the tooth pick thing a few weeks ago but i didnt know how much you use shorteninf in so many different recipes

  22. iamri

    i’ve learned that making chocolate pound cake isn’t much different from making regular pound cake.

  23. Brooke M

    I never knew how to take cakes out of those types of pans. Thanks for letting me know!

  24. shane davis

    i just learned how to make a poundcake ima go home and try it

  25. Yesica Melchor

    Does it matter if the eggs are not in room temperature?

  26. chanz

    i didnt know u had to put it in there for an hour

  27. Elizabeth

    Didn’t know that you had to get the eggs to room temperature. Usually people just crack them right out of the fridge.

  28. Isata

    i learned how to make a pound cake using a recipe that looks easy to follow..

  29. Erin

    I learned that you need to let it cool before removing it. I never thought about it falling apart.

  30. Leslie Stewart

    I learned that using toothpicks would save a mess

  31. ashley

    i learned that the eggs had to be at room temperature

  32. Allie

    When I first started baking I always thought that it didn’t matter the order of adding ingredients to the mix, but now with adding the eggs one at a time, and also alternatively adding milk with the dry ingredients, its obvious that many recipes depend on the adding order. Thanks!

  33. Parker

    Never knew that eggs had to be room temp.

  34. zuleima

    mm that delicious chocolate pound cake chocolo enchants to me and good that it is said of flavorful cake of chocolate

  35. The best recipes come from those local cookbooks, don’t they? No wonder you’ve made this a million times. It’s a winner.

  36. I can smell the chocolate now! Looks great!

  37. Goodness gracious! It looks like a luscious, rich deliciously sinful cake to me! wow!

  38. Savannah Cole

    This recipe looks easy to follow, and i learned you can use a toothpick to check if the cake is done 🙂

  39. lesley baxley

    i didnt’t know you had to have the eggs AT room temperature..!

  40. pound cake is truly one of life’s simple pleasures, and a chocolate version is even better. ya know what i’d like to do with this? add some strawberries and a massive plop of whipped cream. drool. 🙂

  41. LaTisha McCoy

    i didn’t know that you could make a chocolate pound cake. always thought it had to be something else

  42. Rachel S.

    You can tell when the cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the cake.

  43. Aaron V.

    I learned that you must make sure that the baking powder isn’t old or has expired.

  44. Haylee W

    I learned to get a good pound cake, you have to let it sit and cool to keep it together. 🙂

  45. Brittany - 1st period.

    I learned that if you let the cake sit that it will keep the cake together, and that you always need to check the baking powder to make sure it hasn’t expired.

  46. Alexis A

    I learned to always check your dates. No matter what it is it could ruin your recipe.

  47. Chelsea M

    I never thought it mattered what temperature the eggs were at. Apparently for this they have to be at room temperature.

  48. anna 1st

    I learned you should always check the date on baking powder because if it isn’t good it can affect your cooking.

  49. danielle

    I never knew that if you take the cake off the pan right after you remove it from the oven, it could fall apart

  50. Bethany B. 1st

    I never knew how to make pound cake, at all but now I know and im definitely will make this 🙂

  51. chasitywilson

    i learned that if you let it sit as long as your suppose to it wont fall apart so easy

  52. Tatiana G 1st period

    I learn you have to alternate the milk and dry ingredients. I never thought it made a difference how you add it

  53. tommie 1st

    I learned the you can stick a toothpick in the middle of the caketo see if it is done.

  54. Tyrone

    i learned that you can use a toothpick to make sure that the cake is done

  55. Abby T.

    i learned that you can use those kind of pans to make the cake.

  56. amy w

    i learned that you use many more eggs than in a ordinary cake.

  57. erika

    i really dont eat chocolate like that but i would have loved to try this pound cake.

  58. Vaida R

    I learned that if you use baking powder that has already expired it will make the cake turn out wrong.

  59. yvonne mcgregor

    i learned you can stick a tooth pick in the middle to see if its done.

  60. tania

    i learned that you cream butter and shortening and add the sugar and beat until light.

  61. Sarah J

    I learned that if you can’t tell when your cake is done you can stick a tooth pick in it and tell that way.

  62. Levi Atkinson

    Im sure this cake was good to all the chocolate lovers out there; but sadly and unfortunately i am disgusted by chocolate i never ate chocolate in my entire life, but the cake was made nicely

  63. Tori B. 2nd

    I learned you can sift the ingredients together to make it fine.

  64. Lexxi J

    I love pound cake, but I learned that you can make it chocolate!

  65. courtney e

    i never knew they made flour just for cakes!

  66. kim s.

    i learned it takes a really long time to bake this cake

  67. Sasha W.

    I learned that you need to make sure you don’t use expired ingredients because your recipe will come out bad!

  68. cynthia I

    I learned that pound cake can be chocolate -_- O.O!

  69. RadianceM

    It looks really yummy and I would eat it!!!!

  70. Marianna

    I learned that you should always let the cake cool off before trying to flip it onto the plate.

  71. Kamryn 1st

    i learned that the eggs do not need to be room temperature or it will mess with the cake texture.

  72. Marissa 1st period

    This looks so good! I love pound cake but i’ve never had a choclate one! If we dont get to make this in class i will definitely have to make it on my own.

  73. Jasmine Jones

    I absolutely love pound cake, and I love chocolate, so this cake seems perfect for me! And it doesn’t seem that many ingriedients are needed for this cake.

  74. Lolovivi

    I learned that if you hunt around on Pinterest long enough, you’ll find exactly the right recipe for what you want to bake.

    Thank you for sharing this 🙂

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