Hot Cocoa Pound Cake Recipe For Holiday Gifting

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The holidays are upon us and we start baking up a storm. We also bake for our neighbors and hand out holiday gifts each year. I thought that this year I would adapt my Grandmother’s Famous Pound Cake recipe into a fun holiday version. When the weather turns we love hot cocoa so why not bake up a few mini loaves of Hot Cocoa Pound Cake for a fun treat. There is a lot of dessert being passed around the holidays. There is something so fun about baking these hot cocoa pound cakes in mini tins for sharing.

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

Obviously if you are not giving this pound cake as a gift, you can bake the recipe in a 9×3 loaf pan and just adjust the bake time.

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

The hot cocoa pound cake recipe begins with all the traditional ingredients of a pound cake, butter, sugar and cake flour. By adding 4 packets of Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate into the batter you have taken the recipe into a new dimension.

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

Just look at the cocoa color. 

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

This recipe filled four mini loaf pans and can easily be doubled. In fact, I halved the original recipe of my grandmothers. 

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

Once they are completely cooled you can make a yummy chocolate glaze where I added a little more Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate.

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

Drizzle the glaze on top of the pound cake and top with a few mini marshmallows for a great hot cocoa pound cake presentation. 

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

We wrapped our pound cake up and added a little wooden spoon as a name tag to give as gifts. 

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

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hot cocoa pound cake recipe

Hot Cocoa Pound Cake Recipe

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hot cocoa pound cake recipe

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

hot cocoa pound cake recipe

Mini Hot Cocoa Pound Cake Recipe

Yield: 8 Mini Loaves
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

The perfect winter time homemade gift .Mini Hot Cocoa Pound Cake Recipe


  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 c. Sifted Cake Flour
  • 1/3 tsp. Mace
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 4 Packets Swiss Miss Cocoa, Milk Chocolate
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips 1 Cup heavy cream for glaze
  • Mini Marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the (4) mini cake pans generously with butter.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and eggs with mixer. In separate bowl sift flour, salt, hot cocoa and mace.
  3. Mix milk and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  4. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture to mixer a little at a time until finished.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Then lower oven to 325 degrees and bake
  6. for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. When completely cooled, melt the chips into warmed cream. Allow to cool and thicken slightly.
  8. Pour over pound cake and sprinkle with mini marshmallows if desired.


Recipe can be doubled and as well as made in a regular sized loaf pan.

Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1/2 loaf
Amount Per Serving Calories 596Saturated Fat 15gCholesterol 123mgSodium 308mgCarbohydrates 81gFiber 1gSugar 38gProtein 9g


To whom will you be giving this hot cocoa pound cake recipe? 

hot cocoa pound cake recipe


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  1. can you make a week before and freeze them??

  2. Basically it is nutmeg

  3. I cut my grandma’s recipe in half and it calls for 2/3 tsp mace, Mace is a spice

  4. unfortunately I don’t know much about gluten free baking, sorry.

  5. What is
    1/3 tsp. Mace

  6. Would it make one regular size pound cake?

  7. Could you use gluten free flour or would you have to make other recipe adjustments?

  8. Joyce, Sorry I copied my grandmother’s recipe and I used all butter when I made it this time. I just changed it on the recipe card to say butter. THanks for pointing this out.

  9. says to cream the shorting with the sugar and eggs, but I didn’t see how much shorting to use on the list of ingredients, This sounds yummy I want to try it…

  10. Does it really need 4 tsp. of salt? Should it be 1/4 tsp.?

  11. The pound cake is so dense, you really can’t taste the extra sweetness. I cut down on the sugar in the recipe.

  12. Yikes! Using 4 packets of too-sweet commercial hot chocoloate mix — in addition to the regular sugar — doesn’t sound very appetizing, or very chocolate-y either.

  13. Omg this sounds so amazing! Who doesn’t love a good cup of hot cocoa! To have the same flavor in a wonderful pound cake is amazing! I bet this is a big hit!

  14. I have always been a huge fan of pound cake. It is so good and I love that you can add toppings to it.

  15. When Holiday season is here, baking becomes an important tradition at home as we bake for our neighbors, friends and for other family members too. The Hot Cocoa Pound Cake looks absolutely delicious and this could be a yummy gift idea for holidays!

  16. I am not usually a fan of pound cake but this one sounds delicious! They would make great hostess gifts when you start party hopping this season!

  17. What an awesome recipe! I love how easy and chocolaty it is!!! I’m sure anyone who gets this would love it.

  18. This is actually a pretty perfect gift to give our family/friends this holiday. We’re on quite a budget this year as my husband is mid-1st year of medical school, so something like this is what we were thinking for the holidays

  19. What great gifts this pound cake would make! And I’m needing comfort food this very day, so may make this tonight.

  20. I’d give it to myself of course! I love hot cocoa and pound cake!

  21. This sounds sooooo good! I would love to try this. You had me at hot cocoa

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