This cream cheese pound cake recipe has been made by three generations of Dede’s family; it is incredibly easy, full of flavor and has an exquisite texture with a buttery aroma. It keeps very well and we love it toasted with fresh berries or poached fruit for breakfast or brunch. You do need self-rising cake flour, and the large amount of vanilla extract might seem excessive, but it is correct. We used a Kaiser 9-cup Bundform for this recipe. The directions are for using a stand mixer. If you want to use a hand-held electric mixer, the mixing times will be longer – and take your time between each egg.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
- 8 ounces cream cheese (full fat), at room temperature, cut into pieces
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 6 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups sifted self-rising cake flour
- Position rack in the middle of your oven. Preheat to 350° F. Thoroughly coat a 9-cup decorative ring pan with nonstick spray, taking care to coat the center tube as well.
- Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy with the mixer’s flat paddle on medium-high speed, about 3 minutes. Add sugar gradually and continue to beat, about 3 minutes at medium-high speed, until very light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Don’t rush this step; there are a lot of eggs and it will take a while. Add the flour mixture in thirds and beat briefly until smooth. Scrape batter into pan.
- Bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a bamboo skewer shows a few moist crumbs when removed. The cake will be golden brown and the edges will have begun to come away from the sides of the pan. Cool pan on rack for about 10 minutes. Unmold and place directly on rack to cool completely. Cake is ready to serve. Store at room temperature in airtight container for up to 4 days. Cake may also be frozen, double wrapped in plastic wrap and foil, for up to 1 month.
- We have made this cake with the supposedly “appropriate” leaveners and regular cake flour to approximate self-rising flour and it is just not the same. It just doesn’t work! We know that doesn’t make sense; just follow our suggestions and buy some self-rising flour. You will be rewarded with a truly awesome pound cake.
- Try this toasted for breakfast; it takes on a whole new dimension. The heat brings out the full dairy flavors for a very special treat.