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Milk Chocolate Chip Pecan Pound Cake


4 hours
Skill Level
1 cake

HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips make this perfect pound cake recipe rich and sweet. It gets its depth from the addition of toasty, crunchy pecans. Serve it with fluffy whipped cream and some extra chocolate shavings for a decadent dessert you can make any time.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
20 minutes
Bake Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 cups
    HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips (11.5-oz. pkg.) , divided
  • 1 cup
    butter or margarine (2 sticks) , softened
  • 1-1/4 cups
    granulated sugar
  • 3
  • 2-1/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • dash
  • 1 cup
    buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 3/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Syrup
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • 1 cup
    pecans chopped
  • powdered sugar (optional)

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
12-cup fluted tube pan 12-cup fluted tube pan
microwave-safe bowl microwave-safe bowl
microwave microwave
bowl bowl
mixer mixer
wire rack wire rack
rubber scraper rubber scraper

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan. Place 1 cup milk chocolate chips in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at Medium an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted when stirred.


Beat butter in large bowl until creamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating on medium speed of mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add melted chocolate; beat until blended.


Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to chocolate mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until blended. Add syrup and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir in remaining milk chocolate chips and pecans. Spoon batter into prepard pan.


Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

*To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.

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