Triple Chocolate Pound Cake
Dark and rich, this triple chocolate pound cake is a true chocolate lover’s dream! With the slightly dense texture and fine crumb of a classic pound cake, a deep chocolate flavor, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache, this is a cake ready for a celebration.
Both my children have birthdays in early-to-mid April. Unfortunately for them, this means their birthdays will often fall during Passover — meaning less than desirable birthday cakes.
So to combat this, we also celebrate their half birthdays with, obviously, half a cake!
(As far as what to do with the other half? Share with friends! Give to neighbors! Freeze for later! But for the true half birthday experience, we only present them with a half of a cake on their half birthdays.)
This year, my daughter celebrated with half of this apple cider donut cake for her 1 ½ birthday.
My son, however — well, he doesn’t let me experiment with flavors as much.
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, always and forever.
His half birthday always falls during our annual October shore trip with our college friends. This triple chocolate pound cake came along in the car and everyone shared in his half-birthday tradition.
One of the reasons I chose to do a pound cake, instead of a traditional cake? Pound cake tastes even better a few days after it’s made.
It’s the perfect make ahead cake for parties, potlucks, or packing up the car and going on vacation.
And as for the chocolate loving half birthday boy? He was delighted, because after all, this is a triple chocolate pound cake.
Cocoa powder for a chocolate cake base, chopped chocolate mixed into the cake, and a decadent chocolate ganache glaze on top.
In other words, this is a cake for true chocolate lovers, even the 4 ½ year old kind.
History of Pound Cake
Traditionally, pound cake gets its name because the cake used to be made with a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Easy to remember and easy to bake!
It’s thought that pound cakes were the first cakes baked without yeast, thus paving the way for the style of cakes we enjoy today.
Somewhere in the 20th century, we started adding leaveners to pound cake, but just a little — after all, a pound cake is known for its more dense texture and fine crumb.
This triple chocolate pound cake doesn’t adhere to those traditional “pound each” ratios, but the end result has a classic pound cake texture with a super chocolatey flavor.
Baking with Cocoa Powder
Forget the melted chocolate – cocoa powder is the real superstar in your pantry… if you know how to use it correctly.
Want to know how to make your chocolate desserts taste even chocolatier, using always-available cocoa powder? It’s time for my favorite subject… kitchen chemistry!
For the richest, most deep chocolate flavor, make sure to bloom your cocoa powder. By mixing cocoa powder with a hot liquid, the cocoa powder dissolves and releases its flavor particles. Properly dissolving the cocoa powder also helps combat the drying tendency of cocoa powder, resulting in a more moist cake.
For this triple chocolate pound cake, we’re going to start by adding a little boiling water to our cooca powder and stirring to make a thick paste. This will hydrate the cocoa powder and help it dissolve better.
Next, we’re going to add in some just-barely-warmed buttermilk. Buttermilk does not like to be heated, thanks to the lactic acid. Lactic acid starts the curdling process, and adding too much heat too quickly will fully curdle the buttermilk.
I usually microwave the buttermilk for 20 seconds at 30% power, stir gently, and stick in a finger to see if it’s warm. We don’t want to exceed 90° F. If it’s not warm, repeat once or twice more.
Once the buttermilk is between 80-90° F, gently stir it into the cocoa powder paste to form a chocolatey liquid, which we will pour in with our liquid cake ingredients.
Serving Ideas for Triple Chocolate Pound Cake
I opted to cover the cake with an easy chocolate ganache. The slightly soft, barely chewy ganache adds a perfect texture contrast to the cake.
Since this cake came on the road with us, we served with no other accompaniments.
But if I was making this at home, it would be delicious with a big dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or sliced strawberries!
Not into the chocolate ganache? Skip it altogether and have a double chocolate pound cake, and dust with a little confectioners sugar instead.
Tips and Tricks for The Best Triple Chocolate Pound Cake
- New to baking in bundt pans? Looking for the best tips and tricks to ensure your cake doesn’t stick? Check out THIS POST for all my best bundt tips!
- Make sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature before baking. This is essential for full incorporation of ingredients and achieving the fine crumb of a classic pound cake.
- Bloom your cocoa powder to maximize chocolate flavor! While not absolutely essential, taking the extra 5 minutes to do this will result in a more flavorful cake.
- Add espresso powder for an even more chocolaty tasting pound cake. Coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate, so adding espresso powder bumps up the chocolate flavor even more.
- No bundt pan? No problem! Bake this cake in two loaf pans instead of a bundt pan. Divide between two well-greased 9×5-inch loaf pans and bake for 40-50 minutes.
- Triple chocolate pound cake is perfect to make ahead. Store the cake at room temperature, covered tightly, for up to 5 days. To freeze an entire cake, allow the pound cake to cool and freeze in the bundt pan or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil without the ganache. Thaw fully, then add ganache before serving. Individual slices with ganache can be frozen — place cut slices in the freezer on a sheet pan until frozen solid, then wrap in a layer of plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil and store in a freezer bag. Unwrap before thawing.
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The pound cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days (and tastes even better after sitting overnight). Leftover cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze a full cake, wrap the plain cake (no ganache) in plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil. Thaw completely, then add ganache before serving. To freeze individual slices, freeze on a sheet pan for a few hours, then wrap in a layer of plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag. Unwrap before thawing. A Bunsen Burner Bakery Original Protocol As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580Total Fat: 32.4gCarbohydrates: 68.8gProtein: 7.1g
The pound cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days (and tastes even better after sitting overnight). Leftover cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze a full cake, wrap the plain cake (no ganache) in plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil. Thaw completely, then add ganache before serving. To freeze individual slices, freeze on a sheet pan for a few hours, then wrap in a layer of plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag. Unwrap before thawing.
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