Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe


This cake is complete with 3 layers of chocolate and a sweet, homemade buttermilk glaze.

Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
10 to 12 serves

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! The Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake recipe is truly what dessert dreams are made of. Complete with buttermilk, instant espresso, and chocolate morsels, this pound cake is both fluffy and flavorful – just like grandma makes it. But, the fun doesn't end there. The decadent treat is then topped with a homemade chocolate glaze that soaks into the pound cake, making it the ultimate recipe for a special occasion. Birthday parties, holiday celebrations, and church potlucks only improve when the Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake makes an appearance.Don't let the recipe time scare you; some dishes are worth the extra effort. And this triple-chocolate cake is triple the fun and triple the flavor. You won't be able to resist sneaking a late-night slice. The alternating chocolate and buttermilk glaze create a beautiful presentation that's fit for even the most sophisticated dinner table. Give this recipe a try; you won't regret it.

Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

Alison Miksch



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon table salt

  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened at room temperature

  • 3 cups granulated sugar

  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate morsels

  • Vegetable shortening

Chocolate Glaze

  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate morsels

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Buttermilk Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons buttermilk

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk together flour and next 3 ingredients. Beat 1 ½ cups butter in a medium bowl at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yolk disappears. Combine 1 ¼ cups buttermilk and next 2 ingredients. Add flour mixture to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed after each addition. Fold in bittersweet chocolate morsels. Pour batter into a well-greased (with shortening) and floured 12-cup Bundt pan. Sharply tap pan on counter to remove air bubbles.

  2. Bake at 325°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack.

  3. Prepare Chocolate Glaze: Combine semisweet chocolate morsels, 3 Tbsp. butter, and 1 Tbsp. corn syrup in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 to 1 ½ minutes or until morsels begin to melt, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Stir in ½ tsp. vanilla.

  4. Prepare Buttermilk Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. buttermilk, and ¼ tsp. vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Add up to 1 Tbsp. buttermilk, if desired. Drizzle warm glazes over cooled cake.


Make Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes: Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1, pouring batter into 2 lightly greased (with vegetable cooking spray) 12-cup Bundt brownie pans, filling each about three-fourths full. Bake at 325°F for 26 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 3 and Makes 2 dozen. Active 45 min.; Total 1 hour, 25 min.

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