chocolate pound cake

April 1, 2013

in Cakes & Tea Cakes

Last week I realized I was lacking a go-to chocolate pound cake recipe, so I baked one twice. In three days. Oh, the life of a food blogger! Fortunately, my chocolate pound cake is lightened up with buttermilk and Greek yogurt, yet its decadent taste (think devil’s food chocolate) will satisfy even the most devoted chocoholics.

Chocolate Pound Cake | Tutti Dolci

Slicing into the pound cake reveals a ribbon of tangy cream cheese that makes a nice counterpoint to the rich chocolate. A scattering of mini chocolate chips is all the adornment this cake needs.

Chocolate Pound Cake | Tutti Dolci

I’m sharing this recipe for the April Chocolate Party. This month’s theme is chocolate buttermilk; scroll down below the recipe for more creations!

Chocolate Pound Cake | Tutti Dolci

Chocolate Pound Cake
Cream Cheese Ribbon
3 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp plain fat-free yogurt
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Batter
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 Tbsp mini semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Combine cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add yogurt mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture.

Pour half the batter into prepared pan; dollop with cream cheese mixture and swirl layers together with a knife or wooden skewer. Top with remaining batter and smooth with an offset spatula; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and cake springs back to the touch. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; carefully remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Yield – 12 servings
Calories – 205 (per slice)
Carbs – 32

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3. Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

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64 Comments

1 Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) April 1, 2013

This looks absolutely delicious. What a fun surprise to have a ribbon of tart cream cheese in the cake. Great photos!

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2 Liz April 1, 2013

Oh, my gosh…that slice with the swirl of cream cheese looks so delicious and enticing!! What a marvelous cake!!!!

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3 Rachel @ Bakerita April 1, 2013

When I saw the first half of the top picture, I was already drooling. When I scrolled down and saw the ribbon on cream cheese, well, that just did me in. SOOO making this. As soon as possible. It looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe, pinned!

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4 Suzanne April 1, 2013

Laura this cake has me drooling this morning, I love the addition of the cream cheese ribbon. It looks so moist and chocolaty :)

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5 Annie @ Annie's Noms April 1, 2013

You’ve just made me realise that I’m lacking in a go to chocolate pound cake recipe too! This looks great and I’m loving that it’s lightened up, but still tastes intense! Definitely be making this real soon :)

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6 Gourmantine April 1, 2013

Baked chocolate cake twice in 3 days? Yes, it’s a very hard job indeed :) Love those chocolate chips on the top!

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7 Carol | a cup of mascarpone April 1, 2013

Laura, chocolate pound cake sounded decadent enough, but when I saw it had a ribbon of cream cheese through it, I fell in love!

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8 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 1, 2013

Love everything about this cake, but that ribbon of cream cheese… SWOON.

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9 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 1, 2013

” a ribbon of tangy cream cheese” sounds so poetic :) I made a chocolate pound cake last year, I took recipe form 101 cookbooks and it was delicious. I need to rey yours as you write about it in such a lovely way.

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10 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 1, 2013

Those mini-chips on top are such a great touch. I want to take a spoon and scoop them all out and eat them!

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11 Patricia Scarpin April 1, 2013

Yes, it’s hard being a food blogger. :D
This loaf looks delish, Laura! I love the hidden cream cheese there. Yum!

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12 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 1, 2013

So gorgeous! I need a slice (or 12) of this in my life!

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13 Valerie April 1, 2013

Don’t you just Love being a food blogger – the trials, the errors, the dishes, and, best of all, the tasty rewards of persistence? :D

This cake looks so silky with chocolate – I’m almost tempted to taste my screen!

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14 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 1, 2013

I want this!! Before St. Paddy’s Day I was playing around with chocolate bread and cake recipes and was striking out. This looks just perfect. Dense and rich! Pinning!

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15 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 1, 2013

Laura: As soon as I saw your pound cake in pinterest, I repinned it… I love your chocolate pound cake!!! It looks so moist. In one of the photos, that slice of cake seems to smile to me. Mmmmm! I just wish I could have it all only for myself.

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16 Deb April 1, 2013

The smattering of chocolate chips across the top of your Chocolate Chip Pound Cake was all I needed to keep reading and devour your recipe! love that it is a “lighter” cake and still loaded with chocolate goodness.

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17 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking April 1, 2013

You’ve just killed me with this stunning pound cake Laura. I thought to myself, what a beautiful loaf when I saw the first photo and after seeing the cheese ribbon I can not stop drooling and wishing I had a slice right now.
Thanks for sharing and thank you for participating to this month chocolate party

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18 Julie @ Table for Two April 1, 2013

what could be better than an entire loaf of chocolate and then a smidge of cream cheese? I seriously LOVE this!! It looks so decadent and rich and just calling my name!

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19 a farmer in the dell April 1, 2013

this looks dangerous and delicious and I should probably just make the darn thing!!!

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20 Claire @ Claire K Creations April 1, 2013

You can’t go wrong with pound cake but adding chocolate and a cream cheese ribbon? Brilliant!

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21 Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) April 1, 2013

That cake is so smart, I don’t even know where to start. I adore that cream cheese ribbon. Gosh was that ever the most brilliant idea ever!

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22 Cassie | Bake Your Day April 1, 2013

I love the hidden cream cheese inside. This is one beautiful decadent pound cake!

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23 Patty April 1, 2013

Beautiful chocolate pound cake Laura!!! I love your cheese cake ribbon idea-can only imagine how good this is…..

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24 ashley - baker by nature April 1, 2013

I’m officially dreaming about this chocolate pound cake!

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25 Suzanne Perazzini April 1, 2013

I love that thread of cream cheese – so clever.

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26 sweet-lab April 1, 2013

Oh. my. God. I’m definitely a hardcore chocoholic so I’m most definitely freaking out (in a very good way) over this chocolate pound cake. Just beautiful!

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27 Lora @cakeduchess April 1, 2013

Oh, wow. This is my kind of chocolate cake:)Thanks for sharing a great recipe to bake when I get my chocolate craving, Laura.

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28 Mercedes April 1, 2013

Love that cream cheese swirl! Twice in 3 days?? I want to live at your house!

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29 The Ninja Baker April 1, 2013

Love your artful play between the slightly sour buttermilk, yogurt and cream cheese with the cocoa and chocolate chips, Laura. Brilliant!

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30 fabiola@notjustbaked April 1, 2013

This is my kind of chocolate pound cake, the perfect crumb. It looks beautifully yummy!

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31 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings April 1, 2013

Oh holy chocolate! This is decadent! But I’m loving it to the max! Who does not love a chocolate-flavoured pound cake! A pound cake!!!! Crazy beautiful!

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32 Kankana April 1, 2013

The cake is making many people drool including myself. I love how perfect it looks!

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33 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 1, 2013

A cream cheese ribbon?!!! YES!!! What more can I ask for?

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34 Laura April 1, 2013

Hey namesake! Love this cake. Love the chocolate chips all over the top and the cream cheese in the middle. Yum!

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35 Jen @ Savory Simple April 2, 2013

Girl, this looks amazing. I’ve been coveting it all day since I saw it on Facebook!

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36 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 2, 2013

Your chocolate cake looks so delicious, just pinned it!

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37 Amy (Savory Moments) April 2, 2013

This cake looks so delicious and chocolaty! I love all the studs of chocolate on the top, too!

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38 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 2, 2013

I’m glad I came back. I came by before and all I got was one comment but no way to add any but it said you had 34 comments.

I had chocolate pound cake for dessert tonight but I doubt it was this good. :)

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39 Kate@Diethood April 2, 2013

Chocolate pound cake!?! Gurrrrl, you got me dancin’ for this cake!! Awesome idea!!

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40 claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 2, 2013

It looks like its smiling!!! I love how gorgeous this cake is!

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41 foodwanderings April 2, 2013

Stunning chocolate pound cake Laura. I saw it making the circuits on Pinterest. You captured it so vividly!

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42 Abbe@This is How I Cook April 2, 2013

I wish I had this recipe ions ago. I used to send my kids out the door with a slice of a chocolate bread that I bought at a local bakery. It looked like pound cake but they called it a bread. Yes, I was a bad mom but I know they ate it!

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43 Anne@FromMySweetHeart April 2, 2013

Beautiful pound cake Laura! Love the peek of cream cheese and the simplicity of the chocolate chips on top! : )

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44 Maria@PinkPatisserie April 2, 2013

The sacrifices we must make to be food bloggers! So rough isn’t it?! :) Beautiful loaf and I love the fact that it’s lightened up. It looks so very moist and I bet that cream cheese makes it even more so!

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45 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories April 2, 2013

That’s just gorgeous! And so light!

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46 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts April 2, 2013

Gorgeous cake! Love the rich chocolate taste with the cream cheese ribbon in the center!

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47 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 2, 2013

That looks incredibly good and what a bonus that it is made with yogurt and buttermilk and only 205 calories a slice! :D

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48 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 2, 2013

This is definitely chocolaty haven! Mmmm…

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49 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious April 2, 2013

I love the cream cheese running through, totally my kind of recipe!

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50 Minnie@thelady8home April 3, 2013

That’s as perfect a pound cake as I have seen. And yet it’s low cal!!! Yummmmmm.

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51 Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 3, 2013

Laura I want to be your taste taster:) Love the sound and look of your pound cake. The cream cheese swirl was a great touch.

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52 Adri April 3, 2013

I love Chocolate Pound Cake. I must try this one. It looks delicious!

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53 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 3, 2013

Wow, I think this is the most beautiful pound cake I’ve ever seen! All those chocolate chips baked on top look SO tasty.

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54 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} April 3, 2013

All I can say is that this is a perfect recipe! I absolutely love recipe! Your photos are mouthwatering!

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55 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) April 3, 2013

I love a good chocolate pound cake–been meaning to experiment with my go-to recipe but I may have to borrow yours. I really like the cream cheese ribbon and the buttermilk and yogurt in this batter.

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56 Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 4, 2013

Ooh, what a beautiful loaf! Those mini chocolate chips were an awesome call. So was the cream cheese. Cream cheese just makes everything better!

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57 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 7, 2013

Laura, this is a perfect chocolate pound cake!!! I love the cream cheese ribbon! SO pretty!!

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58 Rosa April 7, 2013

Gorgeous and ever so tempting! A perfect cake. The cream cheese is such a great addition.

Cheers,

Rosa

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59 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes April 8, 2013

Your pound cake has a cream cheese `smile´ Laura! Love this simple recipe, just what I like to eat.

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60 Jennie @themessybakerblog April 8, 2013

This is pound cake perfection. I love the mini chips and cream cheese swirl. Yum!

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61 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar April 8, 2013

OMG! This is absolutely gorgeus, Laura! I love the combination of cheese and chocolate (the colour, the flavour and the texture of both batters) Death by chocolate, yuuum!!!!!!!!!
:-D

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62 Karen April 12, 2013

Two of my favorite flavors…hmmm. I wasn’t planning on a chocolate post this month, but would love to participate. There’s always room for a detour into chocolate! Be back soon.

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