Rich Chocolate Pound Cake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 55 min
Cooling Time: 45 min
Yields: 12 to 16 servings


Classic pound cake gets a chocolate boost in this rich dessert that's finished with a decorative drizzle of melted chocolate.


  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk


PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 12-cup Bundt pan.

MICROWAVE 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Spoon into prepared Bundt pan.

BAKE for 55 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack to cool completely.

MICROWAVE remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; knead bag. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut a small hole in corner of bag; squeeze to drizzle over cake.

Too dry

by K. Kristina , Bellevue, NE on Aug. 2010

I made this cake yesterday following the directions to a "T". Just cut into it today and it is so dry the piece literally fell apart as I was cutting it. I ended up with a few chunks of cake and a pile of crumbs! It does taste good though. I wish I had read the reviews first - I would have cut the flour down to 2 1/2 cups. Will definitely make again with that alteration.


by l. linda , Pasadena, TX on Apr. 2009

This is one of your best receipe's ever..Very Good.

Changed up a little

by N. Nicole , Seabrook, TX on Dec. 2008

I changed this recipe a little bit. It is really good the way it is but I made it even richer by substituting evaporated milk for the milk, adding about half a cup of chocolate chips to the batter, and instead of just melted chocolate on top I used a ganache with heavy cream and chocolate. These changes made this recipe even richer.

Little too dry

by K. Kelly , Watkinsville, GA on Dec. 2008

I made this cake last night for my co-workers and it was a little too dry for my taste. I think I will make it again but use less flour 2 1/2 instead of 3 cups and maybe more milk and butter. And instead of using semi-sweet morsels for the topping I will use hot fudge. I like a sweet chocolate not bitter. All in all it was good just not great.


by S. Suzanne , Zionsville, PA on Nov. 2008

I made this pound cake and my Husband said it was delicious! In fact he ate almost the whole cake in 3 days. He liked the cake's consistancy and said it had a good flavor.

Very accurate for the cake

by C. CHARLOTTE , Red Oak, TX on Sep. 2008

I made this for my ladies meeting of UMW Circle of Love and I received so many raves for it. I just used the brown sugar baking Splenda and no one could tell the difference. I also made one for my family and used butterscotch chips instead of the chocolate. It was very well rated.

So easy, but made me look like an expert chef!

by B. Breea , Norman, OK on Aug. 2008

This recipe was so easy, and it comes out looking totally professional. I made this at a dinner party with some close friends, and I totally knocked there socks off! I will DEFINITELY make this again!

Love this recipe!

by M. Mary , MACON, GA on Feb. 2008

I made this cake on Sunday for our church folks. It was my first time making this one, and they absolutely loved it! It's a winner for sure!

great cake!

by L. Lucia , Gulf Breeze, FL on Feb. 2008

this makes such a great pound cake. I am making an extra one to ship to my brother who is serving in iraq!

Rich Chocolate Pound Cake

by D. Denise , HEMET, CA on Feb. 2008

A chocolate lovers delight. It is so moist and is wonderful when garnished with raspberries or strawberries. It holds up well for bake sales. It is really scrumptious.