Everyone who bakes can tell you their experiences with making a pound cake. Here in the south, mention pound cake to a southern baker and you'll quite possibly get an education about this old favorite! Popular as pound cakes are, even the most experienced of bakers have had a pound cake to occasionally fail them....present company included!
If you're new to making a pound cake or would like a recipe that's fast and easy, I have the very recipe you're looking for! "Chocolate Chip Pound Cake" is made, believe it or not, from a cake mix! This cake eliminates all the steps of creaming and careful mixing, as well as the expense of the ingredients in making a scratch recipe.
This recipe calls for a yellow cake mix and a package of instant chocolate pudding. Some years ago, when cake mix companies started adding pudding to their mixes, it was said not to use a cake mix that had pudding in it if the recipe calls for a package of the pudding. I would have to agree with this, as this could cause a cake that's heavy and gummy. I would recommend the Duncan Hines brand, since it's the most widely available and recognized cake mix without pudding added to it. Pillsbury recently launched a Traditional Recipe cake mix that also has no pudding in it, available in yellow, white, and devil's food flavors. This would also work with this recipe, though I've not yet made this cake with this particular mix. If you really wanted a cake with more chocolate flavor, you could use devil's food cake mix instead of yellow.
The recipe also calls for sour cream. Plain yogurt will also work in this cake, especially the new Greek yogurt. Since the consistency of Greek yogurt is much like sour cream, it would work well, also. If you have some plain yogurt on hand and wound like to try this cake, you're set to go! This cake also gets additional flavor from chocolate chips, so any fan of chocolate would enjoy this cake.
I shared another recipe for a "Short-Cut Pound Cake" that's completely from scratch, yet all the ingredients are combined at once and beaten for several minutes. Here's the link to this recipe if you would like to have it:
If pound cakes have never been successful for you, give this recipe a shot and see if it doesn't turn out great every time!
CHOCOLATE CHIP POUND CAKE
- 1 pkg. regular yellow cake mix (such as Duncan Hines)
- 1 pkg. (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Stir together the cake mix and instant pudding. Make a well in the center and add all the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips. Beat until smooth and well mixed, about 2 minutes with electric mixer at medium speed. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Turn into a greased and floured tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Test by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Let cool in pan about ten minutes before removing from pan to serving plate. Yield: 12-16 servings.