A dessert classic gets a welcome update with this simple and satisfying recipe for Cream Cheese Pound Cake.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake sliced on cutting board with two slices on dessert plates with whipped cream and fresh strawberries

If versatile desserts are your jam, then allow me to introduce you to a blank culinary canvas that’s begging for your creative spin: Cream Cheese Pound Cake.

This tried-and-tested recipe features a densely rich and moist pound cake that bakes up in a loaf pan for perfect slicing.

Mixing bowl with spatula containing batter next to parchment paper lined loaf pan

I’ve opted for a pinch of fresh orange zest and a splash of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor, but you could do any combination of citrus and extracts:

  • Lime zest and coconut extract
  • Lemon zest and almond extract
  • Orange zest and rum extract

Parchment paper lined loaf pan containing freshly baked cake

The flavor pairings are truly endless! Once you pick your zest and extract of choice, whip together this quick-fix batter then pop your pound cake into the oven so you can focus on the most important decision: What’s going on top?

Sliced pound cake on wooden cutting board

Pillowy whipped cream and fresh berries are a given, but ice cream, lemon curd and a slathering of Nutella aren’t out of the question. Switch things up based on the season or your mood!

Two dessert plates with a slice of Cream Cheese Pound Cake topped with whipped cream, fresh mint leaves and sliced strawberries next to cutting board with more slices of cake

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Dessert

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Skip the store-bought pound cake in favor of this recipe of moist and dense Cream Cheese Pound Cake perfect for topping with fresh fruit.
5 from 3 votes
Cream Cheese Pound Cake sliced on cutting board with two slices on dessert plates with whipped cream and fresh strawberries
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • Cooking spray
  • 12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan, at room temp
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Homemade or store-bought whipped cream, for serving
  • Sliced strawberries, for serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9x5” loaf pan with cooking spray then line it with parchment paper so that it hangs over the two longer sides. Grease the parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and beat until combined.
  • Add the vanilla and orange zest and beat until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low then add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition. Do not overmix the batter.
  • Add the cake flour, baking powder and salt and beat just until combined.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake it until it is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  • Allow the pound cake to cool in the loaf pan for 1 hour before using the parchment paper overhangs to lift the pound cake out of the pan.
  • Slice and serve the pound cake then top it with whipped cream and strawberries.
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Nutrition

Calories: 456kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 131mg, Potassium: 93mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 899IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg

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