This Dark Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberries and Cream uses three popular Valentine’s Day ingredients: chocolate, strawberries, and cream!

 Dark Chocolate Pound Cake before it's cut into slices.

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to share a recipe with you that uses three popular Valentine’s Day ingredients: chocolate, strawberries, and cream! Today, I’ll be sharing my recipe for Dark Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberries and Cream!

Picture collage of the entire pound cake, strawberries, whipped cream, and sliced pieces of pound cake.

At my house, cooking and baking is about so much more than just a recipe. It’s about family, and the simple pleasures of eating together. It’s about community, and the way food can bring people together and create bonds. It’s about love, and how making a really delicious recipe can be one of life’s greatest gifts. It’s about making a happy home and spending time together.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to make an extra-special, show-stopping dessert for my family, but I don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen cleaning up! After dinner, I see my little family retiring to the couch, cuddling under blankets where we’ll enjoy this delicious Dark Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberries and Cream while watching a movie together. I want to be out on the couch with my family and not stuck in the kitchen cleaning up. That’s why I’ll use PAM Cooking Spray to help make cleanup a snap!

Sliced piece of pound cake with whipped cream and strawberries on a white plate.


  • Use PAM Cooking Spray on baking sheets and pans. You’ll spend less time scrubbing pans and more time with your family.
  • When working with sticky dough like cinnamon rolls, use PAM Cooking Spray on your hands and fingers so they don’t stick to the dough. That way your kids can dig right in and spend some quality time while helping you make baked goods without the mess.
  • Lightly spray the inside of a measuring cup when measuring sticky ingredients like molasses, corn syrup, and maple syrup. That way, the ingredients slide effortlessly out of the measuring cup!

Picture collage of the finished pounds cake.


  • The recipe as shown can be made into 2 8-by-5-inch loaves. Just divide the batter evenly among the pans and bake for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool 2 hours before slicing.
  • You can also halve the recipe to make 1 8-by-5-inch pound cake.
  • This Dark Chocolate Pound Cake can be frozen for up to 6 months. Tightly wrap cake in plastic wrap, followed by foil. Then place it in a resealable plastic bag. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Dark Chocolate pound Cake before frosting

More Pound Cake Recipes:

I love my Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Glaze. She’s been make it for almost 4 decades and it’s a family-favorite for a reason! Another favorite is my Irresistible Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Strawberry Topping. We enjoy that cake all year round! This 7-Up Pound Cake is zesty and just the treat for the warmer months! 

Dark Chocolate pound Cake before frosting
4.45 from 9 votes

Dark Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberries and Cream

Author Jillian
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
20 people
This Dark Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberries and Cream uses three popular Valentine’s Day ingredients: chocolate, strawberries, and cream!




  • Move oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray Bundt pan with PAM Cooking Spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Place cocoa and chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour water over cocoa and stir until no cocoa streaks remain and chocolate has melted. Let chocolate cool 5 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, chocolate mixture, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and slowly add in flour mixture. Scrape sides of bowl as needed. Mix until just combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and gently tap pan on counter to pop any air bubbles. Bake 75 to 85 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove cake from Bundt pan and cool for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, whip cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Slice cake and serve with whipped cream and strawberries.


Serves 16.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 895IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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With all the planning that goes into putting together the perfect dish, using PAM Cooking Spray is a sensible way to save time in the kitchen. When you use PAM, you spend less time cleaning up in the kitchen, allowing for more time to be spent with the ones you love. Bonus? PAM Cooking Spray leaves 99% less residue than leading brands of margarine or bargain-brand sprays*, so your dishes will turn out great and you’ll spend less time cleaning up!

*vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 minutes, cooling, and then washing in a standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating four times.

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  1. Mark, CompassandFork says:

    That’s a really good looking pound cake. Perfect with those strrawberries for Valentine’s Day.

    1. I so agree, and it feeds a ton of people!

    2. Can I make these in a bundtlette pan? 6 bundtlettes, nordicware

      1. Yes, that will work!

  2. My tastebuds are not happy that I am unable to taste that through the screen. It’s so hard to pull off a perfect bunt cake without Pam! A chunk here or there always stays attached when I use the butter and flour method.

    1. I agree, PAM is a life saver!

  3. That pound cake looks heavenly! And since chocolate is my favorite Im pretty sure it will suddenly appear at our house!

  4. Tara | Deliciously Declassified says:

    Wow! That pound cake looks so moist and like it’s full of such intense chocolate flavor. I’m sure it pairs perfectly with that whipped cream and strawberries… 🙂

    1. You’re right, the whipped cream and strawberries pair perfectly with the cake!

  5. That looks fabulous….

  6. Tara@SimpleFood365 says:

    This looks so indulgent! I absolutely love dark chocolate ANYTHING, and this is now on my must-make list. Great recipe!

  7. Manju | Cooking Curries says:

    That pound cake looks incredibly decadent and delicious!! We all love chocolate here, so im sure i will be making this one of these days!

  8. Is the chocolate/ water combo supposed to be a stiff paste?

    1. Yes, it will be a stiff paste. Make sure you use nothing but boiling water!

  9. This cake was terrible. The 2/3 cup water didn’t melt or blend the amount of chocolate called for. The cake was dry, hard and nothing like a pound cake I made or tasted before. I wasted a pound of butter and my precious and expensive chocolate.

    1. I’m sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work for you. I’ve made it a few times and it always turns out great. Did you use boiling water?

  10. I made this for the first time yesterday for Christmas. It was a huge hit. So moist, the perfect amount of chocolate flavor, just an all around good cake. I added a little peppermint to my whipped cream to make it a little more festive. I will be making this cake again.

  11. Great recipe! I made this for my best friend who wanted a really dark chocolate pound cake. They don’t really like frosting so this was perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re so welcome! Thanks for letting me know you and your friend enjoyed the recipe! 🙂

  12. Is the dark chocolate baking chocolate or candy?

    1. You can use either. Just make sure it’s labeled dark chocolate and not bittersweet or unsweetened.

  13. This was an excellent recipe, dark, rich and moist, moreso than devil’s food! I’d like to share a few things I would have found helpful… This is a large cake, you need a deep bundt pan or use a tube (angel food) pan or as Jillian says, two loaf pans. The Pam helps immensely, slips right out, no flour needed! When I used my regular size bundt and it overflowed, but the cake still came out wonderful. (Hid the broken edges with whipped cream). You MUST use boiling water, not simmering, not insta-hot, it must be a roiling boil… I start with a bit more water to account for some evaporation as it gets up to temp and then pour and mix, pour and mix. If your coco-chocolate mix turns lumpy as you add water, the water was NOT boiling. Try again with boiling water and add water a little at a time to get it to melt and smoothen out, just watch how much water you add. Too much water will require a little longer baking time and may sink a little more. I’ve made this with dark chocolate per the recipe (candy- ie: sweetened) and another time with high quality unsweetened baking chocolate. I added 3 Tbs of extra white sugar and it was perfect. (My husband doesn’t like very sweet dark chocolate.) I baked mine at 325 in a convection oven for 70-75 minutes, depending on the depth of the pan. After 65 minutes watch it, do not over-bake. The moist cake adds so much to the richness! I have served it with dusted powdered sugar as well as whipped and ice cream to cut the richness of the chocolate! This recipe is a little bit more work (as most chocolate cakes are) but worth it!! Many thanks!! Thoroughly enjoyed it!