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A fun twist on a traditional pound cake recipe – chocolate pound cake! This chocolate pound cake recipe has the addition of cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips to make the dessert even more decadent and delicious.

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Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Maurice Sendak Foundation. The opinions and text are all mine.

Over the past few years, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about friendship.

The types of friends I like to have.

The type of friend I want to be.

How to make friends…and the value of having a true friend.

You see, making friends has never been something I’ve been really good at. I love having friends, but I tend to be really self-conscious around new people (especially when they seem intimidating).

But like anyone, I do love having friends – and I really cherish the good friends I’ve made over the years.

I often tell my son it’s not the quantity of the friends you have but the quality…and I try to instill the importance of being a good friend himself.

This last year, I was feeling rather down – many of my good friends don’t live nearby, and I wished that I had people I was closer to. But rather than sitting in a pile of pity, I told myself that instead of waiting for a good friend to come along, I should become the type of friend I wish I had.

And while I’m not saying I’m the best friend you could ever have – I have found making friendships just a little bit easier.

I’ve also discovered how important familial relationships are – my family are amongst my closest friends, and I’m so grateful for that! I love watching the budding friendship between Jack and Oliver. Even though they are 3.5 years apart, just in the last six months or so, they’ve become such sweet little buddies.

Of course, they fight a lot. But they also play a lot and truly seem to enjoy being around each other. Oliver asks me no less than 10 times a day when Jack will be coming home from school.

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Now, you might be wondering why I’m talking about friendship randomly – especially in a post that is supposed to be a chocolate pound cake (which is delicious, and you’ll definitely get to the recipe soon!).

It’s because of a new book that was just released – and it’s all about a pretty special friendship between Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks.

This book was discovered years after the passing of the beloved children’s book author – Maurice Sendak – and HarperCollins publishing company just released it a few days ago.

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The illustrations were made in 1990 to accompany a London Symphony Ochestra performance, and it’s such a fun book. I love that it was written by best friends, and that it celebrates a lifelong friendship.

I feel like it shows how friendships can get you through some crazy and often mixed up times – Presto and Zesto (the nicknames Maurice and Arthur had for each other),

In the book, Presto and Zesto enjoy a delicious chocolate together – which seems like a good thing for any set of friends to do. So in honor of the book, I decided to make a chocolate pound cake.

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I love making food for friends and family. Whether they just had a baby or surgery, are having a birthday, or I just think they need some cheering up, I always turn to food…especially baked goods.

We shared this recipe with my mom one evening, and it was so fun to just sit back and enjoy the food while we visited.

I already have the most amazing, moist chocolate cake recipe ever on our blog, so in an attempt to not reinvent the wheel, I decided to make a fun twist on the classic pound cake.

I thought it would be a fun homage to Presto and Zesto – and the Maurice Sendak Foundation as a whole as they celebrate the release of this book. Because really, what better way to celebrate than with CAKE?!

You can pick up a copy of Presto & Zesto in Limboland on Amazon!

How Pound Cake Got Its Name

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Pound cake originated during the mid-18th century in Europe. Originally, the recipe ended up being four pounds, and it would have one pound of all the ingredients.

It was (is!) a rich dessert, so the thought was to bake something so rich and decadent that you only had to serve a small portion so you could save the rest for later.

Traditional Pound Cake

Traditional pound cake has:

  • 1 pound of sugar
  • 1 pound of flour
  • 1 pound of butter
  • 1 pound of eggs

Most recipes these days don’t follow this exactly. In fact, as I was searching for a pound cake recipe to use as a base for this recipe, it seemed like all of them had different measurements. In the end, I did go with a pound of each item – though I adjusted the flour to be a little bit less for a more fluffy cake.

In this recipe, I obviously mixed things up (pun intended) a little bit by including cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips. It turned out AMAZING!

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What to Serve with Pound Cake

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You can eat pound cake all it’s own, but it’s fun to add things to it to make it a little bit more dessert like. We always like strawberries and whipped cream, but you could really serve it with anything. Fruits are always a good option, though I think it would be delicious served with a side of hot chocolate for dipping!

Equipment Needed

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For this recipe, I recommend having either a stand mixer or a hand mixer – you can obviously whip things by hand, but I find electric mixers help to get more air into the recipe. It’s really just faster in general!

I have both a Kitchen Aid and a Bosch Mixer. For this particular recipe, I used my Bosch, and it worked beautifully. A hand mixer with beater attachments will work just fine as well.

Beyond that, you will need a pan to cook it in. This recipe makes two loaf pans or one bundt cake – it’s really up to you for what you want it to look like!


What flour for pound cake? I would use a high quality, all purpose flour.

Why did my pound cake fall? Too much sugar or opening the oven too much during baking can cause the pound cake to fall.

Why is my pound cake dry? The most likely culprit is too much flour. Make sure you are very accurate with your measurements for pound cake.

Why is my pound cake so dense? You may have added too much flour, or you may have beat the butter too fast. Make sure you are slow with beating the butter (and then the sugar into it), so it gets plenty of air.

Why is my pound cake tough/rubbery? You likely over beated the batter. Make sure you just beat it until the ingredients are incorporated.

How to make pound cake moister? A lot of people like adding a 1/2 cup of sour cream for a more moist cake.

What pan should I use for a pound cake? You will either need a bundt pan or a regular bread pan. Just depends on how you want it to look.

How long will a pound cake stay fresh? In an airtight container, it should keep for about three days. If you wrap it in foil and refrigerate, it should stay good for a week. And if you wrap it up nice and tightly, it will keep for up to six months in the freezer.

Can pound cake be made with margarine? Yes, but it needs to be Imperial margarine that is sold in sticks.

Chocolate Pound Cake

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Chocolate Pound Cake


  • 4 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat together butter until creamy with the paddles for a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  3. Mix in eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and cocoa powder.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the egg and butter and mix until creamy.
  6. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  7. Spray two loaf pans with baking spray.
  8. Evenly spread batter between the two pans and smooth out the top.
  9. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a knife/toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let cool in pan 10 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


You can add a 1/2 cup sour cream to make the cake more moist.

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Katie Clark

Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.

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Why a cold oven is the secret to a better pound cake? ›

Starting your pound cake in a cold oven also impacts the texture of the cake. A longer bake time and lower temperature allows the leavening more time to work before the cake sets, resulting in a taller, fluffier cake.

What makes a pound cake more dense? ›

"Gently" is key here; overmixing with a heavy hand will cause the batter to deflate, and all your hard work creaming will be reversed. The result will be a dense, tough cake. Use softened butter to grease the entire interior of your loaf pan.

Why is my pound cake not moist? ›

A dry cake is usually the result of one of the following pitfalls: using the wrong ingredients, making mistakes while measuring or mixing the batter, or baking the cake too long or at too high a temperature.

What makes a pound cake gooey in the middle? ›

Make sure the flour is fully incorporated too – because dry flour streaks can result in a gummy pound cake. Use cake flour instead of AP flour. Pound cake is SUPPOSED to be a little dense. But it's not supposed to feel heavy or dry.

Is it better to bake pound cake at 325 or 350? ›

Transfer pan to oven, reduce temperature to 325°, and bake until top is golden and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour, 5 minutes. (Starting at a higher temperature, then dropping down gives the cake a jump-start before allowing it to bake nice and slowly, so it doesn't get too dark.)

Is cake flour or all purpose better for pound cake? ›

Cake Flour: Cake flour is lighter than all-purpose flour and produces the best pound cake in my opinion. Since it's so light, the attention remains on the butter. All-purpose flour is simply too heavy for this pound cake recipe; the cake will be heavy as a brick. If needed, use this homemade cake flour substitute.

Can you over mix pound cake batter? ›

Always add the dry ingredients alternately with the liquid, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. This will help to ensure that the dry and wet ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the batter. Mix just until blended after each addition. Overmixing the batter creates a tough, rubbery cake.

Should you sift flour for a pound cake? ›

How To Make The BEST Pound Cake Recipe. Now that you're hip to the basic ingredients let's get right into the steps needed to prepare the BEST pound cake! In a large bowl add sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together well to make sure all of the dry ingredients are combined.

How long to leave pound cake in pan? ›

How long do you leave pound cake in the pan? When it's done baking, let the cake sit in the pan for 10 minutes: no more, no less. It's enough time for the cake to firm up some after baking so that it doesn't fall apart, but not so much time that the cake gets stuck to the pan.

How do you add moisture to a pound cake after baking? ›

Simple Syrup: Brush the cake with a simple syrup made from equal parts water and sugar. This can add moisture and sweetness to the cake. You can infuse the syrup with flavors like citrus zest or vanilla for an extra touch.

Why does my pound cake fall when I take it out of the oven? ›

Too much air and your cake will collapse because it simply can't hold onto all that air. Overbeating can add too much additional air and/or large air bubbles which the cake can't support, causing it to collapse in the oven.

Why does my pound cake deflate when I take it out of the oven? ›

Too much air. The air rises as it heats, taking the cake with it. As the cake cools, the structure of the cake is too weak to retain that shape so the cake collapses.

What is the sad spot in pound cake? ›

There are several possible causes for what is called a sad streak in a pound cake. One is that there wasn't enough stirring in the early stages of preparing the batter. The other is that the cake needs to 'set' the crumb when you first remove it from the oven.

What causes a sad streak in pound cake? ›

Even though your cake is completely baked, slicing into it, you may find a dense and damp streak in the center (I run into this issue a lot with pound cakes). This wet ring in cakes can be caused by the cake settling after baking. A cake settles dramatically like this when the eggs, butter and sugar are over creamed.

Why put a cake in a cold oven? ›

The overall idea though is that by placing the cake into the oven prior to preheating, that slow warmup allows the cake to rise better because it gives more time for the rising agents to work before the crust sets. This leads to a more fluffy result with a more delicate crust.

Why bake cake in cold oven? ›

Starting in a cold oven gives those leaveners more time to work. In addition, the edges of the cake don't set as quickly when starting in a cold oven, which enables the cake to rise higher.

What is the cold oven method for baking? ›

Putting the pot into a cold oven allows it to warm slowly as the oven heats up. It prevents any sort of thermal damage that might occur to the pot if it's heated empty. No oven mitts are needed here — the oven, pot, and dough inside are all room temperature.

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