Maryan's Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy


2 ratings


  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 1/2 cups southern soft-wheat flour, (such as White Lily), pastry flour, or plain all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 pound (1/2 cup) all-vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, preferably Mexican Vanilla


Lightly grease a tube cake pan and dust with flour (put in about 2 tablespoons of flour and gently shake and turn the pan until it the surface is lightly coated), then shake out the excess. Using a mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and shortening in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition until the batter is lemony and very fluffy.


Sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa. Alternating between them, gradually mix the flour and evaporated milk into the batter, beating well between each addition. When all the flour and milk are incorporated, beat in the vanilla extract. Spoon the batter into the tube pan or divide it equally between two loaf pans.


Run a knife through the batter in an "S" pattern to release any large air bubbles, then firmly tap each on the counter several times to force the bubbles to the surface. This will help insure an even texture. Position a rack in the center of the oven and put the pan on the rack. Set the oven temperature at 300 degrees F and turn it on. Bake the cake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Turn off the oven and leave the door slightly ajar. Allow the cake to cool in the oven.

Maryan's Chocolate Pound Cake


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2 Reviews

Sheila 2/11/2017
This recipe call

This recipe calls for baking powder and the amount needed is not listed in the ingredient list. Will you please update this recipe with the correct amount to use? I really want to make this recipe. Thank you! I will rate again after making this cake.

Rose 2/29/2016
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This recipe looks very similar to Paula's Mama's Pound Cake recipe that I found on the Food Network website. Let me tell you...that Pound Cake recipe is the best I have ever had. I follow the recipe exactly and it comes out perfect! I am excited to try this one tonight. I am making it for my husbands birthday. I may try a cream cheese icing. I believe it will be great. I will write another review after I try it.

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