Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake is moist and loaded with a delicious chocolate flavor. Easy to make with a box of chocolate cake mix and a few additional ingredients.
Tastes delicious fresh from the oven, but is MUCH better after 24 hours in the fridge. Pairs well with fruit, ice cream and whipped cream.
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Technically, this recipe is not a real pound cake. The weight of this baked cake is the inspiration for the name “pound cake.”
What is a pound cake?
To test a pound cake to see if it’s done, press a knife in center all the way down touching bottom. If it comes out clean, cake is done. A toothpick is too short. Only pierces top.
The original pound cake recipe dates back to the 1700s, but there are several variations of the simple and impressive pound cake.
This Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake is a variation of my Cream Cheese Pound Cake (made with a yellow cake mix).
A pound cake is an awesome blank canvas. A little creativity will add flavor and make it look lovely.
While baking this cake, I had a funny experience that reminded me to keep the recipe beside me and to mark off each ingredient after adding to cake batter. This is a helpful tip for beginners individuals who may be interrupted by family members.
My precious aunt was quietly doing housework while I worked in the kitchen. Suddenly, she decided to check on her flowers in the front yard.
Aunt B LOVES flowers with a passion. She has the proverbial green thumb.
I ALWAYS go outside with her because she has rheumatoid arthritis and walks with a cane. I stopped filming and dashed out the door… without a coat. We walked around for a few minutes. Flowers looked good and healthy.
We rushed back inside because it was COLD. I washed up and continued working on my recipe. While stirring in the last ingredient, I realized the melted butter was not added.
Unfazed, I stirred it into the cake batter.
Delighted to say the cake turned out great. How cool is that?!
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.