Re a pound cake recipe
Have you tried using Rose’s Chocolate Bread recipe? It’s my “go to” chocolate pound cake.
Here’s an excerpt from my post at in following thread: http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/index_ee.php/forums/viewthread/3086/
I’d read several folks saying that this cake could be more chocolaty, so I increased the cocoa powder by 50% and took that amount out of the flour. I think the recipe calls for 40g., but I used 60g, to make the flour:cocoa powder ratio the same as Rose’s other chocolate cakes. I figured the less chocolate might have been to make it more like dark bread and less like chocolate perhaps.
Accidentally, I used 1T (per batch) too much butter, but it didn’t seem to have a negative effect. [7/29/14 Update - I always do this now.]
This cake is much lighter than you’d expect, but still plenty toothsome and pound-cake dense. Side-by-side with “regular” chocolate cake, you can taste the eggs, but in a vacuum, it just tastes like just another fabulous Rose chocolate cake.
Re natural v Dutched cocoa
According to “The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion”:
“If a recipe calls for natural cocoa and baking soda and you want to use Dutch-process cocoa, substitute an equal amount of Dutch-process cocoa but replace the soda with twice the amount of baking powder. If the recipe calls for Dutch-process cocoa powder and baking powder, substitute the same amount of natural cocoa but replace the baking powder with half the amount of baking soda.”
Haven’t tried it myself, though.
Personally, I love raisins and chocolate, but I despise them together. Your proper response: Who cares???? Right-o.
Anyway. I should tossing them with a bit (i.e., 1 or 2 T., just enough to coat hem) of reserved cocoa powder or flour and folding them into the batter should keep them suspended. I don’t know that I’d go with “bursting with ...,” as the batter might not be able to support that quantity. You can also pitch some on the top before baking.
Anyway, nothing tried and true here, except the “pound cake” itself, but I hope it’s helpful!