When mixing the batter make sure the ingredients are at room temperature. This enables the maximum amount of air to be beaten into the batter. The batter has a tendency to curdle when the eggs are added. Having the eggs at room temperature and adding them gradually will help prevent this. But don't worry if it does curdle. Once you add the flour the batter will smooth out. Pound cakes are usually baked in a loaf pan in a moderate oven (350 degrees F/177 degrees C) because the batter is so dense. If using a dark colored pan, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). (This is because dark colored pans absorb more of the energy coming from the oven walls so they become hotter and transmit heat faster than light colored pans.) The addition of cream cheese in this recipe gives this cake a rich and buttery flavor, moist texture, and a delicious golden brown crust that is sweet and crisp. Baking powder and soda are added to help with the leavening. This cake is baked in a 10 inch (25 cm) bundt pan.