What Is an Easy Recipe for Chocolate Pound Cake?

An easy recipe for chocolate pound cake combines flour, baking powder and salt with cocoa, before adding to a creamed mixture of butter, shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Baked for an hour, the cake can be eaten immediately when cooled.

Easy Chocolate Pound Cake

Once cooled, this cake is ideally served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This recipe yields 12 servings

Prep Time: 30 min.

Cook Time: 1 hr.

Ready In: 2 hr. 10 min.


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature, plus extra to grease the pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Step 1: Heat the oven to 350 F and grease a 10-inch tube pan with butter.

Step 2: Sift the dry flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together in a bowl and set aside.

Step 3: Cream the butter, vegetable shortening and sugar to a fluffy texture and add gradually beat in the eggs. Alternately beat in the sifted dry ingredients and milk until combined, then add the vanilla extract.

Step 4: Pour the cake mixture into the pan and bake for 1 hour. At the end of the cooking time, insert a toothpick to test whether the cake is done. If the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for around 30 minutes. Then turn it out of the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely.