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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Indulgent as it is, every cook needs this basic cake recipe in their files. Full of moist, vanilla flavor, it’s a great base for lots of other desserts or you can serve it straight up with some whipped cream and strawberries. 

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cream cheese pound cake

My chickens are laying 10 eggs a day, almost every day without fail. Now I know there are those of you out there with many, many more chickens than that, but 10 eggs a day is like drowning. Like swimming in eggs. It’s way too many even with awesome recipes like bacon and green onion quiche or baked ham and egg cups on hand to use them up. I’ve started peddling them away to friends. Like a crazy lady on a street corner with my plastic grocery sacks stacked with cartons handing them out to anyone who will take them. I even started to give a dozen to the man who came to repair the chip in my car’s windshield last week.

Then I thought that would be weird.

That’s where a good pound cake comes in. I won’t lie–it’s not good for you–but baby it is good. Sometimes I get a little disappointed that pound cakes aren’t any more moist than they are. I wish they were really, really soft. But we can’t have it all I guess.  This recipe is classic. Not crumbly and not dry. Just firm. You can add an extra boost of flavor by adding a few slices of strawberries or other fresh fruit–even some thinned, warmed fruit preserves would be really nice.

P.S. If you are counting calories, close your eyes now.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Tender, sweet cream cheese pound cake is a perfect flavor vehicle for fruit, spices or just a dollop of whipped cream. 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 552kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat butter, cream cheese and shortening with a mixer until well blended.
  • Add sugar slowly and beat 4 minutes on high.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and then add to the cream cheese/sugar mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in the vanilla by hand.
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt or tube pan.
  • Pour the mix evenly into the pan and bake one hour until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack before turning out to cool.


Calories: 552kcal



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Rachel Ballard

Friday 10th of March 2017

This is a great foundational recipe to have on hand.

Oana @Through Oanas Lens

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014

This is a perfect looking pound cake!! I would love a slice of it, right now :)!

Rachel Ballard

Friday 5th of September 2014

Ha ha! Thanks Oana! I'm a sucker for it myself. I had to freeze this one and then give it away to keep from eating it.

Anne|Craving Something Healthy

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

Pound Cake = heaven for me, and adding the tang of cream cheese makes it even more heavenlier (is that a word?). I wish I could take a few of those eggs off your hands...

Rachel Ballard

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

I totally agree Ann! I hope you are enjoying Arizona!

Marc @ Smell My Kitchen

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Lovely picture Rachel! I like the sugar spread everywhere. It looks amazing!

Do you have an estimate of how much money you save by having chickens? Not that I could have one (it's prohibited where I live) but it most be amazing to have eggs whenever you want :)

Rachel Ballard

Monday 25th of August 2014

Hey thanks Mark! For the chickens, unfortunately they follow the general rule of farming: you don't make a dime. By the time you pay for feed you're pretty much in the hole. It's always been that way--most farm animals (if you run a small operation) will end up costing you more in feed and upkeep than you make. In high school I blamed the cost of farming as the reason my parents wouldn't let me go to Europe with my "town friends". My dad has always thought that was hilarious and won't let me forget it. It's in my blood though and I'm willing to take a loss just to have a life that I enjoy.