Friday, April 16, 2010

Pound for Pound Cake

Last night I spoiled my dinner because I ate three pieces of cake, yes I said three, when I got home from work. It's that good. The flavor is complex and warm and not too sweet. The cake is moist and delicious and is now part of the dessert rotation at my house.

Buttermilk-Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe courtesy of Southern Living

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped*
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
Garnish: powdered sugar

*2 (4.4-oz.) packages Mexican chocolate, chopped, may be substituted for semisweet chocolate baking squares. Omit ground cinnamon, and proceed with recipe as directed.

Microwave chocolate baking squares in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute and 15 seconds or until chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring every 15 seconds. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate, chocolate syrup, and vanilla until smooth. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan or a 12-cup Bundt pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack, and let cool 1 hour and 30 minutes or until completely cool. Garnish, if desired.


  1. looks divine. thanks for sharing :)

    xo Alison

  2. Oh my yum! I am so making this! Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Wow, this sounds amazing! I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon.

  4. This cake sounds downright delicious. I will most definitely need to try this recipe.

  5. Are you kidding? The name alone got me all excited. I think you just inspired:)

  6. oh man, three pieces is totally justified, it looks so good!

  7. jerod & i just made this deliciousness after purchasing the eggs and buttermilk from the farmer's market. we just shared it will the roommates to rave reviews. delish! thanks for sharing!

  8. I'm totally ruined my dinner the same way. This cake sounds divine!

  9. How is Mexican chocolate different than regular? Assume it has spices in it because you said to eliminate cinnamon.
    I've never made a chocolate pound looks perfect and I would have eaten three slices too!

  10. I love pound cake. I'm bookmarking this right now!

  11. This looks like heaven on earth!!!! xx

  12. lately i've been obsessed with pound cakes and yesterday i also ate three piece of one as a mid-afternoon snack. oops. this looks so delicious but i'm truly scared to make it! i have no self control.


  13. ohhhh yummmm...I am going to bake it over the weekend! Thanks so much for sharing:)


  14. delish! i am definitely making this soon!

  15. You have to be kiddning..this looks phenomenal!! I absolutely must try it!



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