Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe

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This Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe makes the most delicious, moist, and perfect pound cake! Easy to make with this time-tested recipe and just 7 simple ingredients, it’s the best pound cake and is sure to be a favorite!

Slice of cream cheese pound cake with dollop of homemade whipped cream and red strawberry on a white dessert plate.

Pound Cakes are humble cakes that are so delicious and full of flavor when they are made right and from a well-tested recipe. We’ve all tasted some at reunions or parties where they were just dry and lacked flavor. That’s not the case with my Cream Cheese Pound Cake. This cake has been well-tested for generations and turns out perfectly when the recipe is followed. So moist and flavorful with a bit of a golden crust on the outside.

My mother bakes this pound cake often and has for many years. I love it so much that it’s one of the recipes I shared in my cookbook as well. And she makes it so beautifully that I asked her to make it in my video!

Why You’ll Love This Pound Cake

Easy and Delicious – It’s made with just 7 simple ingredients in a Bundt pan (or loaf pans). It makes the best cream cheese pound cake due to its delicious simplicity!

Time-Tested and Dependable – This is our family recipe we’ve baked MANY times over the course of three generations, so we’ve perfected the ingredients, instructions, and tips. Follow the recipe exactly for a moist, deliciously perfect pound cake every time.

Tender, Moist, with Structure – The ingredients of the pound cake are workhorses in that they give it incredible structure without being heavy, all the while baking it into the most tender, golden beauty with a perfect crumb.

Sugar, block of cream cheese, six eggs, homemade vanilla extract, flour,  three sticks of butter, and salt all on a marble counter.

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

Butter – Use salted butter and let it reach room temperature before creaming together with the cream cheese and sugar. Butter is an essential part of pound cake and gives so much flavor.

Cream cheese – Use full-fat cream cheese. This contributes to the moistness of the cake and gives it the signature slightly tangy flavor.

Sugar – Use granulated sugar or cane sugar. It’s best to stick to the time-tested recipe and use the sugar as directed, as this is a large, dense cake, so the instructed amount is needed to sweeten it.

All-purpose flour – This flour works beautifully in this cake, so there’s no need for any special flour. Just give it a quick whisk with a fork or wire whisk to remove any lumps before adding to the cake mixture.

Salt – The small bit of Kosher salt enhances the sweetness of the cake.

Eggs – The eggs help give the cake density and structure and help it rise. Let your eggs reach room temperature before mixing your cake.

Vanilla extract – Use this homemade vanilla extract or another quality pure vanilla extract of your choice.

How to Make Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Bundt pan that has been prepped for baking.
Stand mixer bowl with attached whisks holds sugar, block of cream cheese, and three sticks of butter.

Prep. Start by preheating your oven and preparing your Bundt pan as directed. Set out the cream cheese, butter, and eggs to let them reach room temperature.

Stand mixer bowl holds butter, cream cheese and sugar that's been creamed together and an egg about to be mixed in with it.
Stand mixer holds batter mixed with the eggs.

Cream together cream cheese, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix until just combined.

Stand mixer bowl has creamed ingredients with flour and vanilla added ready to mix.
Smooth pound cake batter in a stand mixer bowl after it's been blended.

Add in flour, salt, and vanilla and mix until just blended. Do not overmix.

Bundt pan with handles holds cake batter.

Pour the cake batter into your prepared pan. Tap the Bundt pan gently a few times on the countertop to remove any air bubbles trapped inside. Then, you can gently smooth the surface of the batter with the back of a spoon.

Top view of a golden brown cream cheese pound cake baked in a Bundt pan.

Bake until golden brown (about 1 1/2 hours) and a cake tester or wooden skewer comes out clean. The cake should spring back when gently pressed. See How to Tell When Your Cake Is Done for more tips. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and then turn the cake out onto the rack to cool completely. 

Cream cheese pound cake with slice removed to show velvety inside.

Serve the pound cake warm or wait until it’s cooled. This cake is beautiful in its simplicity, so it’s perfect when served just as it is. Sometimes, I love it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Tips for the Best Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Follow the recipe exactly – There are only 7 ingredients, and they all serve an important purpose. Use them as directed in the recipe for the best results.

Let ingredients reach room temperature – The ingredients will blend better with each other and bake into the best cake if they’ve reached room temperature. Cold ingredients don’t come together as well and can affect the final texture of the cake.

Do not overmix – Overmixing can impact the texture and make it tough or rubbery.

Tent with foil if your cake is brown but not done – Ovens are different. The cake may take a bit longer to get done in some. If the cake is turning brown but needs a bit more time to get done inside, tent it loosely with foil to prevent it from getting too brown.

Cool on a wire rack – Let the cake cool for just about 10 minutes in the cake pan sitting on a wire rack. Then, invert the pan and turn the cake out onto the wire rack to finish cooling. The cake can stick to the pan if you leave it in the pan too long after baking.

Storage Tips

To store: Place baked and completely cooled cake in an airtight container or wrap well and keep at room temperature for up to 4 days.

To freeze: Wrap baked and cooled cake tightly with plastic wrap, then foil. Store the wrapped cake in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw and serve, unwrap and allow to thaw completely before slicing. 

Slice of cream cheese pound cake topped with sliced strawberries and whipped cream with a bite on a fork.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do pound cake ingredients need to be at room temperature before mixing?

Cold ingredients don’t emulsify together well when the cake is baked. They blend together well when they are at room temperature and result in a smoother texture to your baked cake.

What happens if you overmix the pound cake batter?

If the batter is mixed too much, the cake’s texture can be dense, tough, or rubbery when baked. Mix according to the recipe instructions and do not overmix.

More Delicious Pound Cakes

Lemon Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Classic Pound Cake

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

4.91 from 22 votes
This Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe makes the most delicious, moist, and perfect pound cake! Easy to make with this time-tested recipe and just 7 simple ingredients, it's the best pound cake and is sure to be a favorite!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups (339 g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces (227 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups (594 g) granulated sugar
  • 6 (300 g) eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (2.8 g) kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325º F. Spray a 12-cup Bundt or tube pan well with baking spray or grease with softened butter and dust with flour, making sure to coat well to prevent any sticking.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until each is just combined.
    Add the flour, salt, and vanilla and beat until well blended but do not over-mix. Pour into the prepared pan. Tap the Bundt pan gently on the countertop a few times to remove any air bubbles trapped inside.
  • Bake until the top is golden brown, the cake springs back when lightly pressed, and a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. If your cake is turning brown and needs longer to cook, tent it loosely with foil to prevent the crust from getting too brown. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and then turn the cake out onto the rack to cool completely. 
  • Remove from oven once the cake is done and let cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and then turn the cake out onto the rack to cool completely. 
    Slice and serve!

Notes

Storage Tips
To store: Place baked and completely cooled cake in an airtight container or wrap well and keep at room temperature up to 4 days.
To freeze: Wrap baked and cooled cake tightly with plastic wrap, then foil. Store the wrapped cake in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw and serve: Unwrap and allow to thaw completely before slicing. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 811IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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105 Comments

  1. Debbie MacRae says:

    Hi Robyn I don’t have a Bundt tin so would I be able to bake this in a normal cake tin?
    ps I just love your stories about your family favourites & have baked many a muffin, cupcake or sponge much to the pleasure of my family who descend like a plague of locusts!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Debbie, you can use normal cake pans. I also divide the batter into 2 9×5 loaf pans. Bake the loaf pans at 325º F for about 1 hour. I hope you enjoy!

  2. Bob P Long says:

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious can you use gluten free flour?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      You should be able to use gluten free flour in this recipe, Bob. Hope you enjoy the cake.

  3. Connie Fuller says:

    5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe! The cake turned out beautifully. Thank you so much sharing. I never thought I could make a cream cheese pound cake, but this was so simple. I’m going to try your Mississippi Pot Roast tomorrow.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Connie. I’m happy you tried this recipe and had such good success with it. My family absolutely loves this cake. I hope you like the Mississippi pot roast, too.

  4. Debra Robinson says:

    My favorite recipe! Also yummy if you add 1 cup of mini semi-sweet morsels to the batter for an extra bit of sweetness.

  5. Janetha Nixon says:

    5 stars
    The cake was delicious. Please post a sour cream pound cake recipe. Thank you!

  6. Kathy W says:

    I’m hoping that there is not a misprint, as I do not see listed any leavening in this recipe. The six eggs must be enough to do the job! :).
    Love your recipes- use the Stonehouse seasoning all the time! So convenient
    Kathy

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Kathy, there is not a misprint on this recipe. There is no chemical leavening agent in this pound cake. I hope you enjoy the cream cheese pound cake. So happy you love the Stone House Seasoning.

  7. Maria says:

    What did you use for the toppings?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Most of the time, I serve it plain with no toppings. I will top with whipped cream, fruit, or ice cream at times. I have also served it with a drizzle of my Caramel Sauce.

  8. Ama says:

    I’m baking this cake tonight, wish me luck!

    1. Ama says:

      5 stars
      I baked this cake for Christmas and it was a hit. It was gone in no time, and I’ll be making it again. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    2. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Ama!

  9. Simone L Adkins says:

    5 stars
    Perfectly moist, perfect texture and perfect density. I used almond extract with the vanilla and did a maple glaze. My first time making a pound cake or a glaze and both are incredible. I’ll try it again with lemon next time.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Simone! I’m sure it was delicious with the maple glaze.

  10. Maria says:

    5 stars
    My husband and I love this pound cake! I had always baked the traditional pound cake, but this is our new delicacy. It is so moist, delicious, very light & airy. Thank you so much!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Maria, I’m so glad you love this cake. It has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl.