Of course y’all know that I love to cook, but did you know that I’m really not much of a baker? Baked goods kind of make me crazy. All that fiddly measuring and beating and folding. Well, it’s just not so much my favorite kitchen activity. I’d much rather be making a savory recipe, throwing in a dash of this and a pinch of that. So when I do decide to bake it’s usually something easy and quick. Like a one pan cake or maybe muffins or cupcakes. They’re just so easy and simple, you know?
That’s why I thought this Chocolate Walnut Pound Cake would be the perfect recipe for a Valentine’s Day treat. Simple ingredients. Not too much measuring. One pan. How could you go wrong with that? Plus it has a double dose of chocolate. Serve this with a dollop of whipped cream. Or some fresh sweetened strawberries. Or both! Your Valentine will thank you.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Butter a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust it with sifted cocoa. Any time you’re making a chocolate cake, dust your pans with cocoa. It keeps the finished cake from having a dusting of white flour on the outside. Just makes a prettier layer.
Now cream the butter and then add the sugar gradually. Continue beating the butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter alternately with the yogurt, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
Stir in the vanilla extract, nuts, and chopped chocolate.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes being very careful not to overcook.
Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn the cake out on a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
–Recipe from The Pound Cake Cookbook by Bibb Jordan
- Sifted cocoa, for preparing the pan
- 1 cup butter at room temperature
- 1⅓ cups sugar
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup cocoa
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt at room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Butter a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with sifted cocoa.
- Cream the butter.
- Add the sugar gradually and continue beating for 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the batter alternately with the yogurt, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
- Stir in the vanilla extract, nuts, and chopped chocolate.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes being very careful not to overcook.
- Remove the cake from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
- Turn the cake out on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
Other chocolate pound cake recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Chocolate Pound Cake from Leite’s Culinaria
- Double Chocolate Pound Cake from a Dash of Sass
- Bake or Break’s Buttermilk Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
- Joy of Baking’s Chocolate Pound Cake
- Double Chocolate Pound Cake from London Foodie in New York
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