Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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Classic Cream Cheese Pound Cake is best served with sweetened whipped cream and fresh berries.

Sliced pound cake with whipped cream and berries

What is pound cake anyways?  I mean… how did it get its name?  Pound cake is traditionally a cake that is made from a pound of each of its main ingredients: butter, flour, sugar and eggs.  This recipe isn’t quite on the mark for that, but it’s close.  It calls for three sticks of butter and one box of cream cheese. Three cups of sugar, three cups of cake flour and 6 eggs round out the main ingredients. 

Regardless of the specifics on the ingredients, a pound cake is made in a tube pan or a loaf pan.  And it turns out to be one heavy, dense cake!

Sliced Cream Cheese Pound Cake

What is a tube pan?

A tube pan is the pan that is traditionally used for baking pound cakes.  It has tall, straight sides and a removable bottom.  I like the removable bottom feature of this pan because it makes it so easy to remove the cake without worry about it sticking to the bottom and causing a mess.  Alternately, you can use a loaf pan or two to bake your pound cake.

Sliced Cream Cheese Pound Cake

A good pound cake will be a little crackly looking on top after baking.

Sliced Pound Cake with whipped cream and berries

The texture of this cream cheese pound cake is quite dense.  If you’re looking for a light and fluffy sort of cake, a pound cake is not the one you want to bake.  Pound cake is best served with a generous spoonful of whipped cream and lots of fresh berries.  Some people serve it with fudge or chocolate sauce.  And others prefer to serve pound cake with a scoop of ice cream.

How to make fresh whipped cream:

It’s easy to make fresh whipped cream!  Combine 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl.  Use an electric mixer to whip the cream until thick and creamy in texture.  You should be able to spoon it onto your cake, and the cream will hold its shape instead of drizzling over the sides.  Don’t over-beat or you’ll end up with a texture that isn’t so great.

Slice of Cream Cheese Pound Cake with whipped cream and fresh berries

Traditional pound cake is made with butter only.  The addition of cream cheese makes this pound cake have a richer, tangier flavor.  Cream cheese pound cake is the way to go when baking your next pound cake!

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Such a beautiful classic cream cheese pound cake. Turns out perfect every time!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 616kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese pound cake, pound cake


  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated white sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour (sift, then measure)
  • whipped cream and berries, for serving (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the bottom only of 10-inch round tube cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and salt. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat after each addition. Gradually add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time.
  • Serve slices topped with whipped cream and berries, if desired.


  • *Be sure to grease the bottom only of the pan- this will ensure that you have a smooth, even cake.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1115IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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  • Jayne wrote:

    Can I substitute the flour with almond flour and sugar for a natural monk fruit sweetener do you think?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I have no idea!

  • Val wrote:

    I forgot to take a picture but my cake turned out wonderful! This recipe is very easy to follow! Delicious!!

  • Fayette Brewer wrote:

    I made this cake with a variation I cooked it in a Bundt cake pan and it turned ou beautifully. It was gone in a week, my daughter, my mom and mom’s friends at the senior center enjoyed it. I had a slice since I am not a sweet eater, it was delicious and moist, I am making another for thanksgiving.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Glad to hear!

  • Kendra wrote:

    I was raised in a cucumber farm in SC.
    Poundcake is a delicacy where I come from! This one is really close to the one I was raised with. I suggest if you don’t have anything positive to say just don’t leave a comment this is what we do in the South!!!We cook and we don’t care about calories.The reason being, moderation is key! You just don’t sit and eat the whole cake slices what you have. Being one of 12 children that’s pretty much all you ever got out of a cake ,Including the parents, which I had both in the house. That meant 14 slices… We’re all alive in great shape, Praise God!

  • Melissa wrote:

    This dessert looks and sounds incredible and is ideal for the holiday weekend!

  • Nestor Nazario wrote:

    Are you trying to kill somebody. Cause reading the nutritional facts, that’s what it looks like. WOW!!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yeah, pound cake is super high in calories because of the amount of butter and sugar in there. Small slice, special treat.