This was one of my favorite things to make when I learned to bake. My mom made this when we were little and it was a real treat to have this as a decadent coffee cake. This is good without any topping, but I have tried a variety of things on the top: melted chocolate frosting, powdered sugar or glaze made from powdered sugar and milk.

Joy Cowling Andrews
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Thoroughly grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a bowl until thoroughly combined.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the melted margarine, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract; beat the flour mixture into the margarine mixture with an electric mixer set on Low until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the cake forms a crust and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before removing pan, then allow cake to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

444 calories; 20.4 g total fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 335 mg sodium. 61.1 g carbohydrates; 5.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2011
LOVE this cake! My son volunteered me to make a couple of cakes for his school's cake walk fundraiser and I decided to give this one a test before making it for the school. It was by far one of the easiest cakes I have ever made and it is delicious! The only draw back (if you consider it one) is that once I put it on the table for the family to try it was gone in less than five minutes. It was a huge hit and my husband is having me take one up to his work today for him and his co-workers. I am sure it will be a big hit at the cake walk and has become a family favorite! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2011
I hate giving negative reviews but I feel like I have to on this one. I am a professional cake designer so I know my way around cake. This cake had a strange texture and was very heavy but not in a good way! The chocolate flavor was very lacking. My two year old wouldn't even eat this cake. I will stick with my own chocolate pound cake recipe. Sorry! Read More
(9)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2011
LOVE this cake! My son volunteered me to make a couple of cakes for his school's cake walk fundraiser and I decided to give this one a test before making it for the school. It was by far one of the easiest cakes I have ever made and it is delicious! The only draw back (if you consider it one) is that once I put it on the table for the family to try it was gone in less than five minutes. It was a huge hit and my husband is having me take one up to his work today for him and his co-workers. I am sure it will be a big hit at the cake walk and has become a family favorite! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2011
LOVE this cake! My son volunteered me to make a couple of cakes for his school's cake walk fundraiser and I decided to give this one a test before making it for the school. It was by far one of the easiest cakes I have ever made and it is delicious! The only draw back (if you consider it one) is that once I put it on the table for the family to try it was gone in less than five minutes. It was a huge hit and my husband is having me take one up to his work today for him and his co-workers. I am sure it will be a big hit at the cake walk and has become a family favorite! Read More
(13)
Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2011
I hate giving negative reviews but I feel like I have to on this one. I am a professional cake designer so I know my way around cake. This cake had a strange texture and was very heavy but not in a good way! The chocolate flavor was very lacking. My two year old wouldn't even eat this cake. I will stick with my own chocolate pound cake recipe. Sorry! Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2011
Excellent recipe! My first successful Bundt cake. The author is not kidding about greasing the fluted pan liberally. I used shortening and flour make sure to get in all the creases. I ended up using buttermilk because I had precisely one cup left. I also used BAKERS squares as I did not have powdered cocoa. Both easy conversions to the original recipe simply by reducing the butter a bit. (3 Tb in my case). It is also true that the cake does not need frosting. I simply drizzled the 'Chocolate Glaze I' on top for fun. Yummy cake! Thanks for posting! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2011
i got excited......and I'm two eggs short. I'll make this bad boy tomorrow. But that's my guess.........CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2011
This sounds sooo yummy. It takes coffee cake to the next level! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
This cake is moist and delicious! I added coconut and pecans to the batter then frosted it with a German Chocolate cake frosting also on this site and it was wonderful however this cake really needs no frosting. A dusting of powdered sugar for looks will do. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/09/2012
I am sorry but I didn't like this cake at all. It had really unappealing consistency and flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/18/2011
I wasn't a big fan of this recipe (sorry!). The chocolate flavour is definitely weak and it wasn't as moist as other pound cakes I've made. I followed it as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2011
I had a little extra batter that I used to make mini cupcakes and my granddaughter loved them. Read More
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