Growing up my Mama worked as an assistant director of nursing in our local hospital. I remember some afternoons of hopping of the school bus at the hospital if my sister or I had late appointments at the dentist or for my sister’s orthodontist appointments. Everyone that worked there was so sweet to us asking about our school day, or the hospital administrator flipping quarters to us so that we could buy a bottled Coca-Cola from the drink machine to go with the warm iced brownies the dietician had made to serve the patients with their supper.
Rather than our being there being frowned upon, we were welcomed by hospital management and by the patients. When I learned to read, I’d sit in the patient activity room and read to a few of the patients. I’ll never forget the afternoon I got in trouble though. We’d snagged a few office chairs that rolled and a couple of metal poles that held fluid and raced our chairs around the poles. We were doing great until the boy I was racing knocked one of the poles over with the wheel of the chair. Needless to say, that was the last of our “race” days. But, I have to say, I won!
Some folks talk about how horrible hospital food is, but I have to tell you – that was not the case at this hospital when I was growing up. The dietician would make the meals for employees and patients using her family recipes. Delicious meatloaf, biscuits so light and fluffy, and scrumptious desserts. She shared her cream cheese pound cake recipe with my Mama and it has been a family favorite for ages.
Here’s how you make it.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Allow your cream cheese, butter, and eggs to reach room temperature.
Cream together cream cheese, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy.
Crack eggs into a bowl and add one at a time.
Add in flour, salt and vanilla.
Prepare your bundt or tube pan.
Pour your batter into your prepared pan.
Level out your cake batter in your pan with the back of a spoon.
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You’ll bake until golden brown on the top and a cake tester or bamboo skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake, about an hour and a half.
Turn onto a cake plate and then enjoy it while it is still warm.
There is just nothing like it!
- 3 sticks butter (1½ cups)
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare bundt or tube pan and set aside.
- Let butter, cream cheese, and eggs come to room temperature.
- Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar til fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add flour and salt and vanilla.
- Mix until just well-combined but do not over mix.
- Pour into prepared bundt or tube pan.
- Bake until golden brown and skewer inserted into middle of cake comes out clean, about 1 and half hours.
I highly recommend you make this cake soon! It’s perfect for every occasion!