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Chocolate pound cake sliced and served on a wooden board.
Chocolate Pound Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins

This chocolate pound cake bakes up so rich & velvety, with lots of deep chocolate flavor. Lovely for dessert or as an afternoon pick-me-up!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate pound cake, chocolate pound cake recipe, chocolate sour cream pound cake, how to make chocolate pound cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 265 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and mist a 5-cup loaf pan with non-stick spray.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, or until very pale and fluffy.

  3. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the first egg, mixing in on medium speed until completely incorporated.

  4. Continue to add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl and allowing each one to fully incorporate before adding the next.

  5. Stir in the sour cream and vanilla on medium-low speed until well-blended.

  6. Add the flour, dark cocoa, regular cocoa, salt, and baking soda, folding together gently until just barely combined.

  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake the cake until a skewer inserted in the thickest part comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs (approx. 75 to 85 minutes).

  8. Cool the cake in the pan for 30 minutes, then remove it from the pan and allow it to finish cooling on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

*Greek yogurt will also work in a pinch.

Double the recipe to bake it in (2) 8-inch diameter cake pans, (3) 6-inch diameter cake pans, as 24 cupcakes, or in a 10-cup bundt pan.  Adjust bake time as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Pound Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 246mg11%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 504IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.