I needed to bake a cake to take on a condolence call today. I had not made this recipe in a long time, maybe 2-3 years and had forgotten how rich and delicious it is. The fragrance while baking was almost unbearable. It is best to make this with a stand mixer.
Chocolate Pound Cake
Sift together 1 C. cocoa powder, 2 C. all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp.salt and 2 Tbs. instant espresso powder. Blend well and set aside.
Put 3 sticks unsalted butter in your mixer bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Then gradually add 3 C. sugar and beat for 5 minutes. Then beat in 5 eggs one at a time. Beat in 2 tsp.vanilla.
Combine 1 C.buttermilk with 1/4 C.water. Add the dry ingredients alternating with the wet to the eggs and sugar. Mix well and be sure that all is combined well to avoid streaks.
Pour into a greased 10" tube pan and bake at 325 F. for and hour and 20 minutes.
It will serve 12-15 people and will stay moist for several days.