Best Chocolate-Cream Cheese Pound Cake


This makes a dark, moist, fine-crumbed cake that needs nothing else! It's well worth the time to bloom, or dissolve, the cocoa. It brings out the chocolate flavor more. It does not give a mocha flavor, just makes the chocolate flavor deeper.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 fluted tube pan


  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder

  • ½ cup hot coffee

  • ½ cup whole milk, warmed

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®) with cooking spray.

  2. Mix cocoa powder and hot coffee together in a bowl. Whisk in milk to thin and cool mixture; be sure cocoa is dissolved.

  3. Stir flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl.

  4. Cream sugar, butter, and cream cheese together in a bowl using an electric mixer until white and fluffy like frosting, about 5 minutes. Mix in vanilla extract. Add eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, mixing completely after each addition. Add half the flour mixture; mix until incorporated. Stir in the cocoa-milk mixture; add the remaining flour mixture. Blend well. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into a few places comes out dry, 70 to 90 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Boiling water can be used in place of the hot coffee if desired.

Don't skimp on the butter-creaming time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
29g Fat
68g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 389mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 8g
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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