Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cream Cheese Pound Cake



  • 1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounce (113 grams) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups (275 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Zest (outer skin) of one lemon or orange (optional)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place oven rack in center of oven.
  2. Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick spray that contains flour) a 10 inch (25 cm) bundt pan.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  4. In the bowl of your electric mixer (with the paddle attachment), or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. 
  5. Gradually add the sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Continue beating on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). 
  6. Add the vanilla and lemon zest and beat until incorporated. 
  7. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  8. Add the flour mixture, in three additions, and mix just until incorporated. 
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. 
  10. Bake for about 55 - 70 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 20 - 30 minutes so it has time to set. Remove the cake from the pan to finish cooling. This cake will keep about 3 to 4 days at room temperature and about one week in the refrigerator. Can also be frozen.

You may replace cream cheese with whipping cream for a velvety texture.

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