Speckled Chocolate-Glazed Pound Cake

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American heritage Chocolate Bundt Cake

How to Make this Speckled Chocolate-Glazed Pound Cake

This recipe is from a family who settled in Maryland in the late 17th century. This style of cake was quite common being heavily egg-based with no leaveners. It gets its signature chocolate speckles from using grated chocolate.  You can purchase AMERICAN HERITAGE Finely Grated Baking Chocolate, based on an authentic historic recipe from the 18th century,  in ready-to-use bags right on Amazon!  This high quality chocolate has hints of vanilla, orange, and cinnamon and adds a unique flavor you can’t find in any other chocolate.  We love the finely grated texture that makes it easily scoop-able right out of the bag.

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You can see how the finely grated chocolate distributes throughout the cake, adding flavor, that melts into the tender crumb as it bakes.

Bundt Cake Batter

Once the cake has cooled enough to remove it from the pan, you can invert it onto a cake platter to await the finishing touch: a rich chocolate glaze.

Baked Bundt Cake

How to Make the Chocolate Sauce

This simple ganache comes together quickly with AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate, heavy cream, and just a touch a buttermilk-which adds a delicate balance to the flavor. You’ll also see an egg white whisked in for body and sheen.  I actually chose to forego the egg white and instead added an extra 2 tablespoons of finely grated baking chocolate instead.

Chocolate and cream in sauce pan

Drizzling warm chocolate over a perfect bundt cake is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures.  There’s plenty of ganache, so feel free to be generous!

Chocolate Glaze on Cake

This cake is as delicious as it is gorgeous.

American heritage Chocolate Bundt Cake

The crumb is rich and buttery, and the little flecks of chocolate add to both the presentation and the deep flavor profile.  The addition of silky warm chocolate sauce makes for the perfect holiday (or any time!) dessert.

Sliced Bundt Cake

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American heritage Chocolate Bundt Cake

Pound Cake with Grated Chocolate

This recipe is based on an original which appeared in an account book of the early 19th century, but the recipe is from a family who settled in Maryland in the late 17th century. This style of cake was quite common being heavily egg-based with no leaveners. The addition of chocolate is a modern approach but it’s like they were meant to be together!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup AMERICAN HERITAGE Finely
  • Grated Baking Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 eggs separated
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1 egg white
  • Finely Grated Baking Chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream slightly warmed
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk


  • Step 1: Cream butter and sugar together in tabletop mixer
  • until smooth. Mixing on slow, add the egg yolks then the
  • heavy cream, stopping to clean the beater if necessary. Next
  • add the salt, nutmeg, and chocolate. Mix thoroughly. Add
  • flour 1⁄2 cup at a time until all is mixed in. Transfer to another
  • bowl using a spatula, and set aside.
  • Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the egg whites
  • with the whisk attachment of your mixer until they form stiff
  • peaks. Fold the egg whites into the other mixture gently.
  • Grease a 10-inch bundt cake form very well. Pour the batter
  • into cake form. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
  • Step 3: For the chocolate sauce, slightly warm the cream
  • over low heat and add the chocolate and stir. Next add the
  • buttermilk and remove from heat. When the sauce is warm to
  • the touch, whip in the egg white and temper. Drape the sauce
  • over the cake and enjoy!
Author: Chef Justin Cherry
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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