Cream cheese pound cake is made in a loaf pan with cream cheese, butter, eggs, sugar and flour. The cake’s moist, dense texture makes for a delicious dessert.

cream cheese pound cake loaf with slice cut off the end next to fresh strawberries

I’ve baked quite a few pound cakes in my day and they are all well and good, but there is a secret ingredient that makes this pound cake the best. And that, my friends, is cream cheese. It makes the pound cake extra rich and dense.

In addition to cream cheese, this pound cake recipe also calls for almond extract. While this can be omitted, I think it makes this cake extra special. Just a quarter teaspoon creates a subtle taste that leaves you coming back for more. It will have you saying, “This is the best pound cake recipe I have every tried!”

cream cheese pound cake ingredients in bowls labeled with text

How to make cream cheese pound cake

Make cream cheese pound cake with the following ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract and eggs. Then follow these instructions:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, cream cheese and sugar together. Beat on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Mix just until combined.
  4. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  5. Add dry ingredients. Spoon in the flour mixture while the mixer is on low. Keep mixing until combined.
  6. Bake at 325 F. Bake for 1 hour, then place tin foil over the loaf (like a triangle roof or tent) and bake for 20 minutes longer.

Helpful tips

For a nice dense pound cake, make sure all ingredients are room temperature. This will make a nice smooth batter and a cake that has consistent texture. For all cakes I suggest using a kitchen scale to weigh your ingredients. It’s more accurate than measuring them. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, fluff up your flour with a fork, then spoon it into a measuring cup and level it with a knife (don’t pack down the flour). Keep a close eye on the time when baking the pound cake. You need to cover it with aluminum foil to prevent the top from becoming brown.

photo collage demonstrating how to make cream cheese pound cake in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is pound cake called pound cake?

Pound cake is originally a recipe that calls for a pound of four ingredients: flour, butter, sugar and eggs. It’s typically made in a bundt cake pan or 9×5 loaf pan. Now pound cake have been tested and adjusted for better taste and texture. The addition of cream cheese and vanilla extract makes a difference in both cases.

How to store pound cake

Keep cooled pound cake in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Pound cake will stay fresh at room temperature for up to 3 days and in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can you freeze pound cake?

Yes, you can freeze pound cake for up to a month. After the cake has cooled completely, wrap the loaf in plastic wrap securely so no air penetrates the cake. Then wrap is in aluminum foil and store in the freezer for up to three months.

Why does my batter look curdled?

The cream cheese and butter were not room temperature so they didn’t create a smooth enough mixture when mixed with the sugar. If this happens, it’s okay. Just add the flour mixture and the batter will become smooth.

cream cheese pound cake loaf with slices cut off end next to bowl of whipped cream and fresh strawberries

More pound cake recipes

If you love pound cake, I suggest giving these recipes a try. Chocolate pound cake is a dense, rich cake that is full of chocolate flavor. The chocolate ganache on top is to die for! Blueberry raspberry pound cake is a nice way to add fresh berries to cake. If you prefer some citrus, this lemon pound cake has a zesty flavor that melts away in your mouth.

loaf of cream cheese pound cake with three slices cut off end next to fresh strawberries

What do you like to serve with pound cake? I prefer a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but during the summer fresh berries and whipped cream are delicious too! If you tried this recipe, be sure to tag @ifyougiveablondeakitchen on social media so I can see your creation!

pound cake loaf with slices cut off the end facing up

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This is the best pound cake recipe! Butter, cream cheese and five eggs create a moist texture and beautiful golden hue. The pound cake is easy and delicious with fresh berries.
5 (4 ratings)

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups (218 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks or 198 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (3 oz or 85 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, cream cheese and sugar at high speed, until very light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add the vanilla and almond extracts and 1 egg; beat well. Continue to add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.¹
  • Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour mixture. Increase speed to medium and mix until the extremely light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Spoon the batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes total. After 60 minutes, tent the loaf pan with tin foil and return the pound cake to the oven to bake for 20 more minutes. Pound cake is finished with golden in color and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let pound cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then use the edges of the parchment paper to lift the pound cake out of the pan and set on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Room temperature ingredients: This is crucial to a smooth, consistent batter. It also ensures a good textured pound cake.
Batter consistency: After adding the eggs, the batter may have pieces of butter/cream cheese. That is okay! Scrape down the sides, mix again, then add the flour. It will all come together!
Storing pound cake: Wrap the cooled pound cake in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for up to a week.
Freezing pound cake: Wrap pound cake in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator before serving.
Serving: 1slice, Calories: 400kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 133mg, Sodium: 236mg, Potassium: 111mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 723IU, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 1mg

Recipe inspired by King Arthur Flour.

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