Bittersweet Chocolate Pound Cake with Decadent Glaze
This is the darkest of dark chocolate pound cakes with an incredibly rich decadent glaze. It is beautiful enough for company but great enough to make for our families, who are our greatest critics :)
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 6 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- cold water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 eggs
Dark Chocolate Glaze
- 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 1⁄2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 -4 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- CAKE: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease and flour a bundt or tube pan.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, soda and powder.
- In a 2 cup measuring cup, dissolve coffee in hot water and add enough cold water to measure 1 1/2 cups.
- In a large mixer bowl, beat granulated sugar, butter and vanilla until creamy.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time.
- Stir in melted chocolate.
- Add flour mixture alternately with coffee mixture.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake 1 hour or until center tests done.
- Cool 30 minutes and remove from pan onto a wire rack.
- Cool completely and transfer to serving dish.
- Drizzle with glaze and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar, if desired.
- GLAZE: Melt chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth.
- Remove from heat and stir in confectioner's sugar, alternately with water, until desired consistency is reached.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
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I was originally going to give this recipe three stars. Part of the cake stuck to the pan when I unmolded it, so of course I ate it :) and by itself, I found the cake to be relatively bland and not big on chocolate flavor. However, with the glaze on it, I thought the cake improved, and it was nicely moist. It also got a lot of positive feedback at the party I took it to, so I guess my initial reaction was a little harsh. However: I wouldn't call this cake a "pound cake" at all. That led me to expect a dense, rich, fudgy cake, which this is not.