This Chocolate Pound Cake is a must-bake for chocolate fans! Enjoy it just as it is or top it off with a simple vanilla glaze.
As much as I adore chocolate, I’m not always the biggest fan of standard chocolate cake fare. I usually find either the flavor or the texture lacking in some way. But, this rich and dense Chocolate Pound Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is one of my favorites.
It gets its rich chocolate flavor from a big helping of cocoa powder. As I tend to do, I will now mount my Good Ingredients Soapbox. You definitely want to use the very best cocoa powder you can find for this chocolate pound cake recipe. I have a few favorites, like Scharffen Berger and Valrhona. I’ve been using those and a couple of others for years and have always been pleased with them. There are many other great brands out there, so just find the kind you like best.
Now, back to the cake. It’s absolutely delicious all on its own, but it also benefits from a little something extra in the form of a simple vanilla bean glaze. It adds a little sweetness to complement all the richness of the cake.
The glaze features another of my favorite ingredients, Vanilla Bean Paste. You’ll get a bit bolder vanilla flavor from paste versus extract. Plus, it has all those lovely vanilla bean specks! All that being said, you can certainly use vanilla extract if that’s what you have on hand.
I prefer to use a small amount of the vanilla glaze just drizzled on top of the cake. If you’d like more than what you see in my photos, feel free to scale the glaze recipe to suit your tastes. I also find that a thicker glaze works better with this cake, so add the milk to the sugar slowly so you get just the right consistency.
This Chocolate Pound Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is just the thing for a simple dessert or to wrap up for a homemade gift. Or just grab a slice to go with your cup of coffee or tea. I think you’ll love its flavor, texture, and simplicity.