Southern Living's Cream Cheese Pound Cake

"From the Big Book of Christmas Baking, courtesy MrZ, who describes it as being both "moist and delicious". Use real butter in this recipe. It will make a difference."
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Ready In:
1 10-inch pound cake




  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Use an electric mixer to mix both butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar and beat for 5 minutes, then add eggs one at a time, allowing each to incorporate before adding more. Stir in vanilla.
  • Sift flour and salt and add gradually to the mixer, beating until well blended.
  • Pour batter into a well greased and floured bundt pan or tube cake pan.
  • Place 2 cups water in an ovenproof container on the rack in the oven next to the cake.
  • Bake cake at 300 for an hour and 45 minutes, or until a toothpick can be removed cleanly.
  • Place pan on a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan and complete cooling on the wire rack.

Questions & Replies

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  1. southernbldrs
    Why aren't these recipes in printable form?
  2. msRecipeGuru329
    Dont see a Comment button (just the one for Questions), but here goes! This has been MY favorite go-to pound cake recipe since I first found it in a Southern Living CAKES cookbook over 30 years ago, a book that I owned, lost, and thanks to the joy and beauty of estate sales, was delighted to find last summer! My niece asked me a coupla wks ago to bake her a pound cake like her granny used to bake when she was a li'l girl. Now I'm not sure, but I've had the pound cakes granny'nem used to bake, but I've never baked one. 7-up pound cakes, yes..canned soda cakes, yes. But again..THIS is my favorite..and guess what..THIS is the one she will get. IMHO, it can hold its own against those cakes (sorry granny). Besides, I love that crunchy but tender crumb. No glaze/icing, no #10 sugar dusting, no drizzle (her requests...cuz she knows her auntie!) However, I just bought a new decorative Nordic Ware BUNDT cake pan (my drug of choice...) Will post a pic later.
  3. blackhilldiamond
    With this cake can I increase the butter to 3 sticks
  4. das361
    If I’m using loaf pans how long should I bake?
  5. perriwinkle47
    How do I measure, cream cheese pound cake into a loaf cake.I make this cake about once a week.


  1. tollfreespice
    I'm a northern girl, who tries so hard to cook southern delights. This one does NOT disappoint. It was a HIT at this year's Thanksgiving feast. I followed the steps to the letter and it came out moist and delicious. Using regular sugar and flour are fine. Use REAL butter and REAL cream cheese. I did add 1 tsp of almond extract when I added the vanilla. I later read one of the reasons my cake probably came out so good is that I really beat the batter up during the cream stage and when I added the sugar. Easily plan 10 minutes if you are using a hand electric mixer, less if you have one of the big guns. Also, I read, when you beat in the eggs, don't beat too long, only 30 sec per egg - or your pound cake will get too airy. I ended up cooking it 15 min longer than stated. I wanted the inside cooked well. When you take it out, it still may seem jiggly, but as it cools, it firms nicely. Lastly, mix some powdered sugar with some lemon juice and make a nice glaze. Simply mix 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 to 2 TB of lemon juice, stir till it gets thick and drizzle over the top. It will dry hard, don't worry! Last hint, for us non-bakers..don't waste money on a cooling rack. Parchment paper on a cookie sheet does the trick. BE SURE TO POP THAT CAKE OUT AFTER 15 minutes LIKE THE INSTRUCTIONS SAID! I heard leaving it in the pan too long is a no-no. This was a lot of work, but you will WOW everyone with this recipe! Good luck!
  2. Lynne H.
    This is one of my favorite recipes to make because it's simple and delicious. I've added different flavorings including a shot of amaretto and sometimes real lemon juice with grated lemon zest.
    • Review photo by Lynne H.
  3. Leontyne T.
    This recipe is just have to incorporate your ingredients properly
    • Review photo by Leontyne T.
  4. JOY1998
    This cake is delicious. I tripled the recipe so I could give a couple cakes away. I used 1/2 powdered sugar and 1/2 regular sugar. I loved the cooking method. The time for baking was absolutely PERFECT.
  5. Elisabetta47
    DH requested this cake 3 times over the holidays & occasionally appeared to be hoarding it from guests! It is just a perfect pound cake. I disagree with one reviewer who says it's time-consuming. Perhaps it is by hand-mixing, but with an electric mixer it's a breeze. I expect to make this so often, I'll know it by heart. Thanks Sue.


  1. Nancy L.
    I used 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and also added 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract.
  2. Marie M.
    I use cherries from a jar, a little cherry juice, and chopped pecans.
  3. Jameshia H.
    And there you have it... ??
  4. cedntasha
    I did not tweak anything. The cake is perfect as is.
  5. Scottie H.
    Added 1/2 cup finely chopped sweetened coconut when I added flour. Also used half lemon and half coconut flavoring. So good topped with just a bit of cream cheese coconut icing.


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