If you are in search of the perfect dessert for a summer evening, this cream cheese pound cake is your answer! After endless testing of different pound cake recipes, I’m confident this one is the best! And my friends couldn’t agree more. It only took minutes to disappear the whole pan!
My pound cake is rich and deliciously dense in the best way, mixing cream cheese and butter for a unique taste and texture. Not to mention the good-looking and still so easy-to-make icing on the top and the fresh berries flavor! So, if you want to learn how to make a moist and buttery flavor cream cheese pound cake, you are certainly in the right place.
What Is Pound Cake?
The origins of pound cakes are in North Europe, date back to the early 18th century, and the term traditionally referred to a cake that weighed four pounds. So, the classic pound cake was made with 1 pound of each butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
However, you can easily notice that using only these four ingredients the pound cake will be a little dry. Therefore, throughout time, different variations of pound cake appeared that are lighter, moister, and more preferred by cooks. Now, depending on the culture, the classic pound cake may contain liquids and even baking powder.
What Is The Secret to a Good Pound Cake?
Here are some basic tips to follow if you want to achieve a light and finely textured pound cake at home:
- When you mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar), whisk them carefully in order to avoid forming lumps.
- Set the eggs and butter out on the counter for several hours before you plan to bake pound cake. Also, if you are baking cream cheese pound cake, let the sour cream and the cream cheese come to room temperature, too.
- Thoroughly cream your batter for at least five minutes. The final composition should be very pale in color, almost white.
- Don’t overbake your cream cheese pound cake! Always respect the exact recommended temperature and time from a pound cake recipe. Furthermore, keep in mind to position the pan in the middle of the oven, and rotate it once, halfway through the baking time.
How Do You Make Pound Cake Moist?
Here’s the trick to this recipe: exactly the cream cheese and the sour cream I love to add give both moisture and delicious richness to the classic pound cake. So, if you respect the following recipe, you’ll have an incredibly tasty and still moist pound cake to impress all your loved ones!
What Does Cream Cheese Pound Cake Taste Like?
The classic pound cake usually has a rich buttery vanilla taste, so it pairs perfectly with fruits and almost any dessert toppings. However, my cream cheese pound cake recipe has an extra moist texture thanks to the extra dairy ingredients.
Easy Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe
Now that we know some basic info about the popular cream cheese pound cake, it’s time to learn how to prepare it, too.
What You Need to Make the Cream Cheese Pound Cake
These are the ingredients you need to make the pound cake:
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour;
- 1 teaspoon baking powder;
- ¼ teaspoon salt;
- 1 cup granulated sugar;
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract;
- 3 large eggs;
- ½ cup unsalted butter;
- 4 oz. cream cheese;
- ¼ cup sour cream.
- Also, if you would prefer to make a lemon pound cake, just add ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice when mixing the dry and wet ingredients.
Next, you’ll need the following to make the cream cheese icing:
- 2 oz. cream cheese;
- 1.5 cups powdered sugar;
- 3 tablespoon 2% milk.
Finally, for the topping, use:
- Fresh berries;
- Other fruits you love.
How to Make the Cream Cheese Pound Cake
- Combine all the dry ingredients.
Before everything, preheat your oven to 350℉ and place some baking paper in a bread pan. If you have nonstick baking spray, you can replace the paper. Then, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients.
Add the cream cheese, butter, and sugar in a new bowl and mix them all using an electric hand mixer. Cream them on medium speed until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Next, add the vanilla, sour cream, and eggs.
- Mix together all the ingredients.
Now, it’s time to add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. So, slowly add the flour mixture to the second bowl. Carefully mix all of them until the batter is smooth.
- Bake the cream cheese pound cake.
Transfer the cream cheese pound cake batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake the cake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes. When it’s ready, remove the pound cake from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before removing it from the pan.
- Make the icing for the pound cake.
Whip the cream cheese for 2 minutes using your usual mixer, and then add the powdered sugar and milk. Cream the icing until smooth.
- Decorate your pound cake and enjoy!
After your cream cheese pound cake got cold, pour the icing over its top. Then, slice your favorite berries or any other fresh fruits and enjoy! You did such a nice job!!!
How to Store the Pound Cake
If you want to store your cream cheese pound cake for more than 3 days, I strongly recommend adding the icing and fruit topping only before serving. In this way, You’ll be able to wrap your cream cheese pound cake with plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container. Finally, put it in the refrigerator and consume it within a week.
Enjoy Your Perfect Pound Cake!
Finally, it’s time for you to share your experience with the cream cheese pound cake with us. So, tell me everything about the recipe in the comments section below. How was your final result? Did you make a moist and light cream cheese pound cake? Have you encountered any problems? Share everything, we are all here to help you! As well, please, don’t hesitate to ask any further questions about our favorite pound cake recipe. I will make sure to answer you as soon as possible!
Last but not least, if you are eager to find out more impressive dessert ideas you can enjoy at home this summer, give these favorites of mine a closer look: