Chocolate Surprise Loaf

Chocolate Surprise Loaf

This festive chocolate loaf reveals a hidden holiday surprise upon slicing.

40 min. prep time
24 servings
545 Ratings



1 (10.75-ounce) frozen pound cake
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream or buttermilk
2 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet or semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted, cooled
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Edible glitter or decorations, as desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease three (6x3 1/2-inch) disposable aluminum baking pans; set aside.

Slice frozen pound cake into 3/4-inch slices. Cut two shapes from each slice using one (1 1/2- to 2-inch) cookie cutter; set aside.

Combine brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed; add sour cream and melted chocolate. Continue beating until well mixed; add all remaining cake ingredients. Beat at low speed until mixture is smooth.

Pour 1/3 cup batter into bottom of each prepared pan; smooth surface. Stand pound cake cut-outs in center of each loaf pan, in single row, touching to form one long shape. Lightly press into batter, if necessary. Divide remaining batter among pans (about 3/4 cup each), spreading to completely cover cut-outs.

Place loaf pans onto baking sheet; bake 35-40 minutes or until chocolate batter is baked through and toothpick inserted near edge of cake comes out clean. (Center of loaf may dip slightly.) Cool completely in pans on cooling rack.

Combine powdered sugar and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Drizzle over cooled cake. Immediately sprinkle with edible glitter or decorations, as desired.

Recipe Tip

- Batter can be baked in four (5 1/2x3-inch) paper pans. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto bottom of each pan; place cut-outs. Divide remaining batter among pans. Bake 25-35 minutes.

- You do not need to grease paper pans that are coated and have a peel-off wrapper.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 190

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 190mg

Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #15944©2013Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I haven't made this but it looks great and an idea for Christmas gifts. In regards to the pound cake floating, I would suggest that you put a skewer in the middle of them to hold in place and then you can take it out after baking.
I made this and they turned out pretty good! The taste is delicious. The trees in the center of one of my loaves came out a bit crooked but the other two were just as I had placed them! People thought that I had bought it! I made a pound cake instead of using a frozen pound cake. I used the "Buttery Pound Cake" recipe also available on this website.
I made this today. I used 5x3" aluminum pans. I did not have enough batter for all four pans. I had followed the recipe exactly, and put 1/4 cup on the bottom first, then stood the trees in the batter, touching, in a row, and followed with the rest of the batter. I had to rob from one pan to add to another pan in order to even slightly cover the trees with batter. I suggest a recipe and a half of the batter.
Also, I lined the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper, cut to fit, and greased the pans with buttery vegetable shortening, to insure that they would release from the pan. I removed the cakes while they were still a bit warm, and they released fine.
The pound cake I bought was a 16 oz, and I was able to cut three trees from each piece: one right side up, the next upside down, then one more right side up. Do not cut the slices of pound cake thicker than 3/4 inch or the little tree cutter will not be able to get through them properly.
Good luck. It's an amazing presentation and quite delicious.
I tried it but my Christmas tree center tipped and went sideways. Any ideas how to keep them from floating up and over?
Help! I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but mine doesn't end up as chocolatey as the image. I am using buttermilk and the full 2 oz of bakers chocolate. Any suggestions anyone?
This is really neat. Everyone who sees it is impressed. I was able to find small cookie cutters so I made the 5 inch loaf pans. The slices look so nice on a plate with various kinds of Christmas cookies.

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