Many years ago, this cake was delivered to our home by a sweet, sweet friend after the birth of our second baby boy. It was still warm and I can’t tell you how welcome that cake was…not to mention the visit from the friend!
I was ravenous, as we all know breastfeeding tends to make us. I think I literally dove into that cake the second she left. If Big Boss got to eat any of the cake, I just don’t remember. However, I had a 2 1/2 old who was more than happy to aid in the demise of the cake…I’m pretty sure I remember that correctly. That’s the story I’m sticking to.
Through the years, this cake has been my go-to emergency cake. It’s fast. I always have the ingredients. You can’t beat the heavy, moist, creamy texture of it. It’s chocolate but not extreme chocolate.
You must try this one. Really. I promise you’ll love it. Unless you hate pound cakes. Or detest chocolate. Or are on a diet. In that case, make it and then take it to some deserving soul who has just had a baby! You will make a friend FOREVER!!!
Love ya Mickey and thanks for a lifetime of Chocolate Pound Cake!
Chocolate Pound Cake
1 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups sugar
Cream well and add:
Sift together in a large bowl:
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5 Tablespoons cocoa
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix ONLY till well-blended. Do not overbeat!
Pour into a greased and floured (or spray with no-stick baking spray) angel food or bundt cake pan.
Place a pan of water (I use a 9″ cake pan filled 3/4 of the way with water) on a rack under the pound cake in the oven. Bake for 90 minutes, watching carefully. I always test at 60 minutes and go from there.
Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the cake to make sure it has released from the pan. Invert onto wire rack and try not to slice off a big hunk before it’s cooled down. But if you have absolutely NO self-control, be sure to remember to blow on it or fan it down to cool it some before your first mouthful. 🙂