This decadent Chocolate Pound Cake features a Nutella Glaze. If you have any chocoholics in your family, then this cake needs to be in your holiday plans!
A couple months ago, my wife and I piled in the car with one of our friends and made the 4-hour drive out to Gloucester, Mass. We were on a mission. We had tickets on a whale-watching boat, and we wanted to see some whales! We made this same trip a year ago, but sadly came away empty handed. The whales just weren’t in the mood to come out and play last year. So we decided to give it another shot…the whales just needed to cooperate this year!
We headed out of Gloucester on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and started searching the deep ocean waters for whales. Or more specifically, we were watching for the little bursts of water that signal a whale right below the surface. About halfway through our 3-hour trip, we were starting to get a little discouraged. We hadn’t seen any whales. In fact, all we had seen was a whole lot of nothing. But then our ship’s captain got a call that whales had been sighted at a nearby feeding ground. We made a direct line straight to that location…and sure enough, the whales were there!
Not only were there about 8-10 whales in the area, but they seemed to be in a pretty playful mood. We sat there for almost an hour following behind this pod as they jumped, splashed and generally had an active Saturday afternoon at the feeding ground. (We were at the Stellwagen Bank right near the mouth of the Massachusetts Bay. Underwater currents hit the steep sides of this plateau and carry up nutrients and food from the bottom of the ocean. Whales then swim right along the top of the plateau feeding on this ocean buffet.)
One of the things we learned on this trip is that whales often use their tails to slap the top of the water. This stuns the fish near the surface, thus making feeding a bit easier. I’m not sure about you, but this seems like playing with your food. Perhaps I should take a spatula and beat the leftover slices of this Chocolate Pound Cake into submission. Of course, whales also eat about 2,000 pounds of fish a day. I’m not sure eating 2,000 pounds of pound cake would be in my best interest…unless I want to become a permanent resident at our gym. #NoThanks
Needless to say, we had an awesome weekend trip out to the Massachusetts coast. Whales are incredible creatures, and to see them up close like that was just amazing. If you ever get the chance to go whale-watching, do it. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we spent the next morning wandering around Salem, Mass. before heading back home. It was a quick weekend trip, but sometimes those are the best kind!
But let’s turn our attention to the food…and I don’t mean 2,000 pounds of fish. I mean this delicious Chocolate Pound Cake. I’ve been making pound cakes for years, and they’re one of my all-time favorite desserts. However, I’ve never made a chocolate version. I decided to get in the kitchen and play around a bit. The next thing I knew, I had this tasty cake sitting on the counter. This Chocolate Pound Cake is delicious enough to serve by itself, but I went one step further and drizzled it with a Nutella Glaze.
As we head into the midst of the holiday season this year, I highly recommend this cake. If you’ve got any chocoholics in your family, then this cake is for them! The Nutella Glaze adds just a hint of delicious hazelnut flavor. So go for it. Slice a piece of this chocolate pound cake and put your feet up. You deserve it!
Have you ever been whale watching?
Nutella or peanut butter?
Chocolate Pound Cake with Nutella Glaze
For the Pound Cake
- 1½ cups unsalted butter room temperature
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 eggs room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Nutella Glaze
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 3½ Tbsp milk
- 3 Tbsp Nutella
For the Pound Cake
- Grease and flour a standard bundt pan; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Using a countertop mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium speed.)
- Add eggs; mix until well combined.
- Add remaining ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla). Mix until well combined, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed.
- Using a spatula, pour batter into greased bundt pan.
- Bake for 80-90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out mostly clean.
- Let cake cool in pan for 30 minutes and then transfer to a baking rack until completely cool.
For the Nutella Glaze
- In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients (powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk and Nutella).
- Drizzle Glaze over cooled cake before serving.