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The Best Chocolate Pound Cake

Dense, moist, and buttery, this is the best Chocolate Pound Cake that will satisfy your chocolate carving! This chocolate loaf cake recipe is topped with chocolate ganache for a rich and decadent chocolate snack cake.

If you love pound cake as much as I do, be sure to check out my Traditional Butter Pound CakeChocolate Donut Pound Cake, or my Toasted Coconut Bundt Cake.

best chocolate pound cake

Pound cake is my favorite cake ever! This chocolate loaf cake recipe makes a dense and sweet pound cake that’s loaded with chocolate! If you’re a chocolate lover, then you will simply adore this Chocolate Pound Cake recipe. I recommend having a big glass of milk with this one!

best chocolate pound cake

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Double Chocolate: This chocolate pound cake with chocolate ganache has double the chocolate! Not only is this chocolate loaf cake recipe rich and decadent, but I top it with a simple chocolate ganache for a double chocolate dessert experience.

Pound Cake: Pound cake is my favorite kind of cake because it’s buttery, dense, and has a perfect crumb. This chocolate loaf cake recipe is my classic chocolate pound cake. So, if you like my Traditional Butter Pound Cake, then you’ll love this as it’s a chocolate version!

Loaf Cake: I bake this chocolate pound cake with chocolate ganache in a 1-pound loaf pan. That makes this cake super simple! But, if you want to bake this in a bundt pan you can do that as well. You’ll just have to double the recipe and bake it for at least half an hour longer.

best chocolate pound cake
best chocolate pound cake

Ingredients for the Best Chocolate Pound Cake

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Homemade Organic Cake Flour

NuNaturals Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder

Organic Valley Grassmilk

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Nuts.com Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream

best chocolate pound cake

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

USA Pan 1-Pound Loaf Pan

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

Heatproof Mixing Bowl

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best chocolate pound cake

How to Make the Best Chocolate Pound Cake

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper, letting it fold over the sides for easier removal.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no butter chunks. Add the eggs and milk and mix on low until combined, scrape the sides of the bowl to mix in any chunks of butter and sugar that are sticking to the sides.

Add the cake flour, cocoa, and salt in that order, and mix on low until combined into a smooth batter. Transfer the bater into the prepared pan.

Step 3

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (If you’re baking at high altitude be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions). Allow to cool completely in the cake pan.

Step 4

To make the frosting: In a heatproof bowl, add the chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and slowly add in the cream while stirring to combine completely. Alternatively, add the chocolate and cream to a bowl and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each one to prevent burning, until completely melted.

Step 5

Spread the ganache over the top of the cake.

best chocolate pound cake
best chocolate pound cake

Tips for the Best Chocolate Pound Cake

  • Make sure your butter is soft. This is key for this recipe! I prefer to let butter sit out on the counter to soften naturally.
  • Make sure your eggs and milk are room temperature. This is important when making a butter based cake. Having room temperature eggs and milk will prevent the butter from seizing up. This will ensure your batter is smooth and has the best crumb when the cake is finished.
  • I use dark chocolate for the ganache frosting. But, you can use semi sweet or milk chocolate if you prefer.
best chocolate pound cake

FAQ’s

Can I use unsalted butter?

Yes, but if you do, then add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the recipe.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, pound cake is a perfect cake to bake ahead of time. I actually prefer to make pound cake the night before, allow it to cool in the pan overnight. Then I frost it in the morning.

How should I store this?

Because this pound cake is made with a chocolate ganache frosting, it needs to be stored in the fridge.

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The Best Chocolate Pound Cake

Mimi Council
This is the best chocolate pound cake with chocolate ganache! Rich, buttery, and dense, this chocolate loaf cake recipe will satisfy your chocolate craving every single time!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 8 servings
Calories 521 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Batter

Frosting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper, letting it fold over the sides for easier removal.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no butter chunks. Add the eggs and milk and mix on low until combined, scrape the sides of the bowl to mix in any chunks of butter and sugar that are sticking to the sides.
  • Add the cake flour, cocoa, and salt in that order, and mix on low until combined into a smooth batter. Transfer the bater into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the cake pan.
  • To make the frosting: In a heatproof bowl, add the chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and slowly add in the cream while stirring to combine completely. Alternatively, add the chocolate and cream to a bowl and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each one to prevent burning, until completely melted.
  • Spread the ganache over the top of the cake.
  • Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 8gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 217mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 2gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 688IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 1mg
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