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Sour cream mocha pound cake recipe made in a loaf pan. This moist from scratch cake is flavored with chocolate and coffee and topped with a rich chocolate glaze. It’s like your favorite coffee shop drink in a cake.
Pound cake is one of my favorites. Well, if we are being real, all cakes are my favorite! But what I love about pound cake is the moist, close crumb and how it stays fresh for several days. Did you know they originally got the name from the weight of the ingredients? One pound each of flour, sugar, butter and eggs. Before the age of the internet, that certainly was an easy recipe to memorize!
Today pound cakes come in all shapes and flavors, and this one is no exception. The mocha flavor comes from a bit of cocoa powder, and some instant coffee. You can also use instant espresso powder. I generally have one or the other in my pantry, but just for baking. I usually don’t drink instant. I just take a whole pot of regular drip coffee, thank you 🙂
The recipe makes enough for a loaf pan pound cake. Essentially about half the size of a pound cake baked in a circular bundt pan. I find with pound cake the slices can be thinner, and this was enough for approximately 10 slices. Of course that can vary according to how thick you would like to slice it!
Pound cakes rise because of the air bubbles created when creaming together the butter and sugar, and from the eggs being beaten into the batter. Now recipes today ordinarily include a bit a leavener, and I did too but just as a little insurance. Dense is good for pound cake, but a flat and under-risen cake is not the same!
I add sour cream to make the cake extra moist. As a substitute, sometimes I’ll use greek yogurt if that’s all I have on hand. The chocolate glaze could not be easier. Just melt together chocolate chips and butter. That’s it! Pour the glaze on while it is still warm, and then as it cools it will firm up to more of a frosting consistency. I love the way it drips down the sides, so inviting!
Although it’s fun to think about which cake is my favorite, the more important choice is which one to bake next? After this pound cake, maybe Marble cake, coffee cake, or even a ricotta olive oil cake. My wish list never ends 🙂