Chocolate Cherry Pound Cake Recipe

Carrie Vasios

This super chocolatey poundcake has a cocoa base mixed with chocolate chips and diced fresh cherries.

Note: This is an adaptation of a recipe that my grandmother made, and she used shortening. If you really can't get yourself to use it, you'll lose a little tenderness but you can substitute 1/2 cup of butter instead.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 80 mins
Serves: 10 to 14 servings

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  • 3 cups (15 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature (see note)

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening

  • 3 cups sugar

  • 5 large eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

  • 1 cup diced, pitted cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Generously butter bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, espresso powder, and cocoa; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in eggs. Add 1/2 of dry ingredients to the bowl and beat until just combined, followed by 1/2 of milk. Beat in remaining dry ingredients followed by remaining milk. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in chocolate chips and diced cherries. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out top. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out to a wire rack.

Special Equipment

10-inch bundt or tube pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
528 Calories
24g Fat
73g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 14
Amount per serving
Calories 528
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 130mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 136mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)