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Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake ~ Make It Up in One Bowl!

This Pound Cake.

Chocolate Cake like you’ve never had before.

BIG Chocolate Flavor.  

Super easy to make, this is a One Bowl Scratch Cake.  That’s right!  Just. One. Bowl.

And one bite of this richly dark Buttermilk Pound Cake and you will be in chocolate heaven!
This recipe combines the richness of chocolate and buttermilk to create a cake that will provide lasting memories. It could easily be called a Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake!

If you have chocolate cake fans in your family, they will be forever sold on this amazing Buttermilk Chocolate Cake!  And just look at the hot water frosting!

If you follow my recipe exactly, you will be able to create this amazing cake yourself.  You will become the Chocolate Cake Whisperer.  Well maybe not, but it sounds cool right?  🙂

close up image of chocolate buttermilk bundt cake sliced with funfetti sprinkles on top of chocolate frosting

You will need: a Bundt Pan, white flour, white sugar, eggs, oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, corn starch, vanilla, baking soda & butter. 

I love bundt cake recipes, so moist and dense with flavour and they look amazing too! Our Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake, and Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake are delicious recipes for you to try!

chocolate cake with slices removed on a  glass plate
All that Chocolate Frosting adds to the yummy moistness of this Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake!

This Chocolate Buttermilk

Bundt Cake is so moist it melts in your mouth.

An easy recipe that bakes up with a delicious crumb, as they say on the Great British Baking Show!

mixing bowl, spatula, mix master in my tiny RV kitchen
Getting ready to bake this amazing chocolate cake at the trailer.


I just love potlucks.  They’re such a wonderful way to get folks together to celebrate an occasion, or just because.

AND I’ve found that it’s a great way to find new recipes from those amazing cooks and bakers out there!

My neighbour Sue brought this amazing Chocolate Cake to the Canada Day Potluck at the trailer park this past July 1st.

mixing the chocolate buttermilk bundt cake batter
One bowl scratch cakes are the best and this Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake is no exception!

And it was a show stopper!  Just look at that Chocolate Glaze.  You can Pin It right now to save for later!

I love to whip up a cake from scratch.  Everything goes into one bowl and gets whipped up in no time at all.

You all know how I love to tweak recipes just a little.  I’d been seeing lots of buttermilk cake recipes recently.  So that got me thinking…..

Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake?

Instead of sour milk, like the original recipe called for, why not buttermilkCakes made with buttermilk have an extra rich flavour, and I remember growing up how much my Dad loved buttermilk!

Desserts made with buttermilk were really popular in our home.

And of course I wanted to created the very BEST buttermilk chocolate pound cake ever!

For this Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake recipe, the addition of a cup of hot water along with the cup of buttermilk and a cup of oil, makes for a very moist cake!

And that of course contributes to one very yummy cake!

buttermilk chocolate cake batter in bundt pan ready for the oven
Chocolate Cake batter all ready to pop into the oven. This bundt pan is the perfect size.


  • You can make this in a 13 X 9 pan, or use a Bundt (10″ X 4″) pan.  Sue made hers in a 13 X 9, so I thought I would try the Bundt.  
  • Follow all of the instructions carefully
  • Make sure you line whatever pan you use and grease it really well (butter or shortening and I usually use aluminum foil to line the pan).
  • Once the cake is baked and cools, invert the pan on a platter or plate so that you can peel away the foil and then set it right side up.
  • Make the hot water frosting right away so that lovely warm chocolate can cover your deliciously moist chocolate buttermilk bundt cake.
freshly baked buttermilk chocolate bundt cake without frosting
Naked cake. You could just dust with icing sugar, and call it a day, this Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake is so moist.

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This Bundt Pan by Wilton is the exact one I use for all my delicious bundt cakes, including this chocolate buttermilk bundt cake!  It’s also ‘no stick’ is a generous 10 X 4 size, and washes up beautifully. Wilton Cakes make quality products and I have a number of their baking pans.


I love simple bundt cake recipes and always think Bundt Cakes are so pretty, don’t you?  After all, you want to make a cake that not only tastes great, but looks great too!  Here are some of my favourites that you may enjoy too!

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close up view of buttermilk chocolate pound cake with multi coloured sprinkles on top of chocolate icing.
We think the hot water frosting that is actually like a chocolate glaze turns this cake into a real showstopper!

I made this cake on the weekend, and invited some neighbours over for dessert and coffee.  Everyone really liked the Bundt pan version and gave it a thumbs up!

Especially my hubby Mark!

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Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake Recipe

This is a densely rich chocolate cake.  I think it’s just about perfect, but hey that’s me!

The buttermilk, oil and hot water blends with the cocoa to create a Buttermilk Bundt Cake the likes of which you have never tasted.  Trust me on this.

If you follow the recipe exactly, you will now have the best chocolate pound cake recipe that you can bring out for family dinners, potlucks and birthdays!  It serves 12 people easily, and there won’t be a crumb left I can assure you.

If you love this pound cake recipe as much as we do, please give it a 5 star rating.  xo

buttermilk chocolate pound cake on glass plate with slice removed
Yield: 12 servings

Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A rich and delicious pound cake recipe, our Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake Recipe has a thick Chocolate Frosting, mixes up in one bowl, and looks beautiful when baked in a Bundt Pan. So easy, yet so very good, this cake has BIG Chocolate flavor.



  • 3 cups white flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 4 tsp corn starch
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp butter



  1. Preheat Oven to 350F
  2. First in a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients in order.
  3. Blend until the batter is smooth.
  4. Next, pour into a greased bundt pan
  5. Bake 40 to 50 minutes at 350F
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix first four ingredients and cook over medium heat until thickened
  2. Next, stir in the vanilla and butter
  3. Beat until creamy and then pour over the cooled cake
  4. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 2gSugar: 50gProtein: 6g

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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Sunday 6th of February 2022

I just made this cake and can't wait to try it after dinner! I added a half a bag of milk chocolate chips to the batter and I only made half a recipe of the frosting and drizzled it over the cake then sprinkled powdered sugar on it, OMG it looks amazing! I absolutely love chocolate and this recipe was so easy, so of course I had to try it. Can't wait for the tasting! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Judy Kahansky

Monday 7th of February 2022

It sounds amazing Melinda! I love it when you make the recipe your own. xo

Sarah Warth

Saturday 29th of May 2021

We found this recipe this afternoon and so glad we did. We had some buttermilk and googled chocolate Buttermilk and this came up. Couldn’t have been easier. Followed the recipe exactly for cake and icing. Super moist. Grandkids and adults loved it! Will be saving this for future use. Thank you!!

Judy Kahansky

Sunday 30th of May 2021

Hi Sarah! Thanks so much, it's a favorite here at home too. xo


Thursday 1st of October 2020

Hi, When you say White flour are you saying Plain flour or self rising?

Judy Kahansky

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Hi Gail

I usually use plain flour


Kristina P.

Monday 18th of February 2019

This is finally in my oven baking! I wanted an easy to make no fuss chocolate buttermilk Bundt Cake and this hit every button. Hoping it tastes as rich as the batter looked! I greased my new bundt pan with melted shortening, I used a pastry brush to get into all the cracks and dusted with cocoa powder! Fingers crossed. I have a chocolate Irish cream glaze that I could drizzle over this, mmmm! Thanks for the recipe!


Monday 18th of February 2019

Hi Kristina! Good for you, and I'm so happy you are baking this recipe! I'd love to see a photo when you're finished, and that Irish Cream glaze sounds amazing! Gives me some ideas.... :)


Sunday 8th of April 2018

A lot of it :)

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