If you've been searching for the perfect chocolate pound cake, this rich double chocolate pound cake is just the recipe that you've been waiting for!
It is so decadent and moist, and the luscious chocolate glaze takes it to another level!
our Favorite Pound Cake Recipes
I don't think I've ever met a pound cake that I didn't love, and we've posted several delicious favorites over the years!
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just need a little something sweet with your cup of coffee, make sure to keep these recipes close by!
What makes this homemade chocolate pound cake so good?
Our amazing Double Chocolate pound cake recipe is super moist, has a wonderful richness with cocoa, mini chocolate chips, and a decadent chocolate glaze.
The crumb is fine without being overly dense, and I love the soft texture (thanks to the buttermilk in the recipe).
Mini Chocolate Chips
The mini chocolate chips are an optional ingredient as the cake is perfectly chocolatey even without them, but I love the tiny little pockets of chocolate that they add to every bite. Highly recommended ;0)
Whenever we bake cakes with chocolate chips, we prefer to use the minis since they are so lightweight. We don't want our chips to sink to the bottom!
Now, grab a glass of milk and less get down to the business of making this cake.
How to make a Double Chocolate Pound Cake
You can find the full, printable cake recipe further down in this post. Here is a quick rundown of our steps!
Preheat & Prepare the Pan: Preheat the oven as usual and lower your oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan.
- Dry Ingredients: In a medium sized bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Whisk and set aside.
- Butter and Sugar: In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter on medium until creamy and smooth. Gradually add the sugar and mix at medium speed for three to five minutes. It will become light and fluffy! Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Eggs: Add eggs one at a time, mixing until the yellow of the yolk disappears.
- Buttermilk Mixture: Next, add the vanilla to the buttermilk. (The buttermilk in this recipe is going to give the cake a wonderful tenderness.)
- Dry and Wet Ingredients: Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. (This means 3 additions of dry, 2 of wet). Mix each addition just until incorporated. (Don't forget to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula as needed.) Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Time to bake! Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Pound cakes baked in bundt pans like this one usually take a good while to bake-- check at about 50 minutes. (Lighter pans may take a bit longer and so make sure to keep an eye on it!)
We like to cool the baked cake while still in the pan on the cooling rack for about 10 minutes or so before flipping it out.
Here's our freshly baked "naked" pound cake cooling. It's pretty just as it is, but the glaze takes it to a new level!
Tip for extra moist cakes
For an added boost of moisture, double wrap your *warm* cake in plastic wrap, then wrap with foil and place in the freezer for at least a few hours or overnight.
If you are working in advance, pound cakes freeze wonderfully for up to three months as long as they have been well wrapped! They will taste as fresh as the day that they were made.
How to make a simple chocolate glaze
We have dressed this double chocolate pound cake with a decadent chocolate glaze. With just three ingredients, it couldn't be easier to make!
In fact, it's just a matter of heating & combining the butter, mini chocolate chips, and light corn syrup in the microwave.
We drizzled the chocolate glaze over the cake by loading it into a disposable piping bag with the tip snipped away. I do this so that I have a little more control over the drip, but if you'd rather, you can drizzle it by the spoonful! Fancy, fancy!
Here's a slice for you- Look at those little mini chip bits of goodness ;0) We hope that you enjoy this recipe!
More Chocolate Cakes!
If you love all things chocolate, don't miss these other DELICIOUS Chocolate Cake Recipes from our recipes section!: Classic Chocolate Cake, Devil's Food Cake, Chocolate Sour Cream Cake, Chocolate Whipping Cream Pound Cake, and more!
We hope that you enjoy this chocolate pound cake recipe! If you try it, make sure to leave a comment and/or picture in the comments below! We'd love to see.
Double Chocolate Pound Cake
This decadent double chocolate pound cake tastes amazing and is so simple to make!
For the Cake
- 2 ½ cups (302g) all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (4g) baking powder
- ½ teaspoon (2g) baking soda
- ½ teaspoon (3g) salt
- ¾ cup (63g) unsweetened cocoa powder (measure then sift)
- 2 sticks + 2 Tablespoons (240g) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups (400g) sugar
- 4 large eggs (room temperature) can be warmed in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes
- 1 cup (176g) mini chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 ¼ cup (293g) buttermilk, room temperature - ** if you do not have buttermilk see note below
- 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla
For Chocolate Glaze
- ¾ cup (132g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 Tablespoons (43g) butter
- 1 Tablespoon (12g) light corn syrup
Substitution for Buttermilk
- ** No buttermilk? Here is a substitution: To a measuring cup add 2 Tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice. Add milk to the 1 ¼ mark, stir. Wait 5 minutes and it is ready to use.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CAKE
- Position the oven rack to the lower 3rd of the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan
- In a medium sized bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa, whisk to blend and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Gradually add sugar and beat on medium speed 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add eggs one at time, mixing until the yellow of the yolk disappears.
- Add the vanilla to the buttermilk, set aside.
- Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients ( 3 additions of dry, 2 of wet). Mix each addition just until incorporated, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl occasionally. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Put the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick pulls out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes, check at 50 minutes. I used a bundt pan with a dark interior so the baking time was shorter. If your pan has a light interior the time may be longer so just keep an eye on it.
- Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack then turn out.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CHOCOLATE GLAZE
- Microwave for 20 seconds, stir, 20 seconds, stir, 5 seconds and stir until smooth
Hi Cindy, I am so happy everyone loved it. Thank you for taking time to post your thoughts on the recipe.
Good Morning do you haves vegan cake recipe?
Hi Shirley, We do not have any but hope to add some next year.
I made this cake in a bundt pan and it was wonderful. Now I want to make this cake in 9 and 8 inch cake pans. Making a princess doll cake for my granddaughters birthday and thought this cake would have the perfect structure. How long would you bake in a 9 and 8 inch pan?
Hi Rhonda, I'm happy you enjoyed this recipe. If using an 8 inch round pan and baking at 350 degrees it will be 30 to 35 minutes if putting 3 cups of batter to the pans. We usually put less in the pans, so just adjust the time accordingly. A 9 inch round pan can hold 5 cups of batter and the bake time would also be 30 - 35 min. Keep and eye on your cakes as all ovens bake differently.