The Bag Lady’s Favorite Chocolate Pound Cake

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One of Paula’s all time favorite desserts!

Servings: 16
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Special equipment: 10-inch bundt pan





Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa and set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and mix well after each addition.

Add flour and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until cake is done.

Remove from oven and allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto cake plate and serve.

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Reader Comments:


We love the cake but I have 2 bunt pans 1 is a 10 cup the other is a 12 cup and neither one holds all the batter is their a special pan I should use I've never had this problem with any other recipie.

By Anonymous on May 19, 2013


Hi Paula!!! My husband and I are a huge fan of your chocolate cake. We are soooo hooked on this cake, that we were buying them weekly at our local 24 hour Walmart. We have not been able to find it since Hurricane Sandy and no one in Walmart can tell me if you still use them as a carrier. I NEED to know where I can begin to purchase this cake. It has been a hit in our house and Walmart brand just won't do!!!!! PLEASE RESPOND ASAP!!!!!

By Desma Baylor on January 08, 2013


Dear Paula, Not all Walmarts carry your chocolate cakes. I was told that Walmart's Bakery can't order the cakes and that the cakes just come in any order. What can you do about this marketing failure?

By Katherine on December 04, 2012


I made this cake for the first time today and it turned out perfect. An hour and 45 minutes is to long. I continued to check it and used the toothpicks.

By Geri on November 12, 2012


Is 1 hour and 45 minutes the correct cooking time? The current chocolate pound cake recipe I use bakes for only 1 hour and 15 minutes. The only difference is that Paula's recipe uses buttermilk and baking soda. Just want to check so I don't burn up my cake!

By Claudette Scott on May 14, 2012


Paula, I work in a physical therapy/cardio pulmonary rehab facility and they have tv's stationed on the wall in various places and most days I do get to watch/listen to your program. Are these programs now upto date? Most of the time in the past I noticed they were a couple of years old. Just wondering if you were still taping your show. Please continue your program I really enjoy the recipes.

By Kim on May 08, 2012


Ms. Paula, I am the lucky one because I live about 20 minutes from Tunica casino. So, why does that make me lucky....eating at Paula Deans....yum yum... I also wanted to find out about the chocolate over the chocolate pound cake that is Ms Paula's favorite. Is there a recipe for it. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and tips

By Carolyn Beasley on March 07, 2012


I love this pound cake...I'm going to make it again for my Red Hatter Ladies next month...Paula I have 3 of your cookbooks and the pages are getting dog ears..not really because I do take care of them....I watched Oprahs show and you were with her and everytime you cried I shead a tear too...Keep up the good work sweet lady...

By Carolyn Sigman on March 05, 2012


Question: Every year I make divinity for christmas candy I have left over egg yolks heared pound cake only uses egg yolks yet I am unable to find receipe calling for just egg yolks. Any ideas on what to do with egg yolks. Please help

By A Jamison on November 23, 2011


tried this cake and once cooled turned it to release from pan crumbled in half. top part good bottom part still in cake pan. what did I do wrong

By Robin McGhee on October 24, 2011


i watch your show every day i am in a wheelchair i copy your recpies all the time i am trying to learn the compoute it is hardfor this ole girl to learn new tricks i hope you have a blessed day

By sharonprouty on October 04, 2011


By sharonprouty on October 04, 2011


Where is the fudge icing for this chocolate pound cake?

By LeAnne on September 11, 2011


I made this cake for the first time and it is wonderful, very easy to make and it turned out perfect.. I know some said it was dry but mine was very moist and everyone loved it...

By Jennifer Poston on May 24, 2011


do you have a chocolate icing recipe to drizzle on this cake?

By Becky on January 27, 2011


I have made this cake at least 10 times and it always turns out delicious. I made several this Christmas with good reviews from all. My picky 20 year old daughter loves this cake. AMAZINGLY, I HAVE USED THIS RECIPE FOR CAKES I DECORATE WITH FONDANT OR GUM PASTE. THE DENSITY OF THIS CAKE HOLDS UP WELL WITH THE EXTRA WEIGHT. YUMMY

By TAMMY CROWE on January 03, 2011


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By Anonymous on July 20, 2010


Loved this cake!! Brought back childhood memories. You will not be disappointed.

By Anonymous on June 10, 2010

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