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Chocolate Bundt Cake: Deliciously Simple Christmas Cake

Rich and utterly divine, this Chocolate Bundt Cake is an easy-to-make, super moist, dense, chocolate pound cake recipe you won’t forget anytime soon. Rich but simple with a hint of espresso.

Closeup view of Chocolate Bundt Cake on white beaded stand

This Chocolate Bundt Cake is actually a Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake, baked in a Bundt pan, that to my eye, makes me think of Christmas poinsettias.

And while I’ve used the Nordic Blossom Bundt Cake, any 10 to 12-cup Bundt pan will bake just as deliciously and beautifully.

Top view of Christmas Chocolate Bundt Cake with powdered sugar

Chocolate and the holidays belong together. And while I’ve always loved a chocolate cake during the holidays like the Chocolate Espresso Coffee Cake I’ve made for years, this cake is equally deserving of tradition.

Closeup view of Chocolate Bundt Cake with Powdered Sugar

How to Decorate a Christmas Chocolate Pound Cake

Because this cake, to me, resembled a poinsettia, I elected to keep it simple. In this case, a dusting of confectioners’ sugar with a powdered sugar shaker.

But a beautiful melted chocolate glaze or white vanilla glaze would be delicious as well.

Undecorated Chocolate Bundt Cake with Rosemary and Cranberries

Or — let the bundt cake design stand on its own. The cake is delicious enough without additional glazing.

I also added a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and a couple of red cranberries.

Ingredients for Chocolate Bundt Cake on a marble background

Chocolate Bundt Cake Ingredients

Here are the Chocolate Pound Cake ingredients you’ll need. Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulatee sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Instant espresso powder
  • Buttermilk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder + baking soda
  • Salt

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Handheld electric mixer or stand mixer
  • Bundt cake pan
  • Spatula to transfer batter to the cake pan

How to Make the Chocolate Pound Cake

Preheat oven to 325°F and grease and flour a 10 to 12-cup Bundt pan.

Step 1: Combine the Dry Ingredients

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Step 2: Combine the wet ingredients

Combine the buttermilk, instant espresso, and vanilla; set aside.

Step 3: Make the Cake Batter

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until the yolk disappears before adding the next one.

Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk espresso mixture; beginning and ending with the flour. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Sharply tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles.

Unbaked Chocolate Bundt Cake in Pan

Step 4: Bake the Chocolate Bundt Cake

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Then carefully invert the cake onto a rack to cool completely.

Top view of Baked Chocolate Bundt Cake
Slice of Christmas Chocolate Bundt Cake with freshly whipped cream
Closeup view of Chocolate Bundt Cake on white beaded stand

Chocolate Bundt Cake: Deliciously Simple Christmas Cake

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Rich and utterly divine, this Chocolate Bundt Cake is an easy-to-make, super moist, dense, chocolate pound cake recipe you won't forget anytime soon. Rich but simple with a hint of espresso.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and grease and flour a 10 to 12-cup Bundt pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine the buttermilk, instant espresso, and vanilla; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until the yolk disappears before adding the next one.
  5. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk espresso mixture; beginning and ending with the flour. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Sharply tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Then carefully invert the cake onto a rack to cool completely.

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