Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Honestly, I’ve never really been that into pound cake. Until I tried THIS cream cheese pound cake, that is! Moist, tender, creamy buttery flavor, plus it has the perfect crumb. It truly is one of the best cakes I’ve ever had!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

My best friend Sarah has above-average children. Example:

“I just caught Hyrum [6 years old] in the kitchen eating brown sugar out of the jar. When I told him to stop, he said, laughing hysterically, “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

This is a DIRECT QUOTE from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. No, I am not making this up. Sarah is one of those wonder woman moms who homeschools her kids, and right now they are learning Shakespeare.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

My sister-in-law Sandi and I were discussing Sarah’s unreal conversations with her children when she casually mentioned something about a mattress stabbing. Um, what?

She explained that she’s been having plumbing issues and one of her leaky pipes soaked through a mattress on the bottom floor. The mattress had to be thrown out. Her 3 boys asked if they could stab the mattress. With knives.

“I couldn’t think of a reason why they SHOULDN’T stab a mattress on its way to the trash, so I let them each pick out 2 knives from the kitchen, and let them at it.”

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

This is when I look at my children and think, “You’re kinda boring” and “Bless you, sweet angels” all at once.

My mother-in-law Kris has been making this cake for years and told me that it is the best pound cake she’s ever had. I didn’t bother making it for a while because I’m not gonna lie, when I think pound cake all I think of is too-dry, too-dense cake. So I wasn’t exactly skipping off to the kitchen. But she mentioned it a couple more times, and Kris’ recipes have never (ever) let me down, so I decided to try it out.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

When I think of pound cake, my mouth automatically gets all dry. Does this happen to anyone else? (Same thing happens when I think of scones. Except these Bacon White Cheddar Scones. Those scones are amazing.) But THIS pound cake is full of cream cheese and butter and guys, it’s amazing. It has tons of flavor thanks to the vanilla and butter extract.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from The Food Charlatan

Cake flour is used instead of regular all purpose. It makes the cake more tender and less dense. The cake will still bake up just fine if you use regular flour, it just won’t be quite as awesome. You can make cake flour at home, here’s a tutorial. Personally I would rather buy a box than sift flour 5 times in a row, but that’s just me.

I served this with my easy recipe for Fresh Strawberry Topping and a vanilla glaze (recipe below). The cake is great by itself, but I mean who can say no to frosting and strawberries??

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Yield: Serves 12-15

Recipe from my mother-in-law Kris


  • 1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 and 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter extract or flavoring
  • 3 cups cake flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the vanilla glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 and 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a standard size bundt pan well with butter or nonstick spray. Lightly dust with flour, turning it upside down to remove excess. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese well, until high and fluffy. Think at least 2-3 minutes.
  3. Gradually add the sugar with the mixer running. Beat for another couple minutes. This helps beat air into the cake.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until just combined each time.
  5. Stir in the vanilla and butter extract.
  6. Add the cake flour and the salt. Mix until combined thoroughly.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  8. Bake at 300 for 1 hour and 15 to 30 minutes. (Mine took 1 hour 27 minutes) The top should be golden and a toothpick should come out clean.
  9. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully loosen the edges with a knife. Invert onto a cake plate.
  10. Cool for 1 hour, and then serve.
  11. To make the vanilla glaze: melt the butter in a medium bowl.
  12. Add half the powdered sugar and beat well.
  13. Add milk and vanilla, beat well.
  14. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and beat.
  15. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
  16. I like to serve this with Fresh Strawberry Topping

Other recipes you will love!

Fresh Strawberry Topping << this stuff is so good! Also click over to read a story about being trapped on an airplane with a 3 year old.

Fresh Strawberry Topping

Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce << this one is great for the holidays! Or the day cranberries show up in grocery stores, which is when I make it every year.

Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce

The Best Chocolate Cake I’ve Ever Had << for real though.

The Best Chocolate Cake I've Ever Had from The Food Charlatan

More delicious pound cakes!

Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake from Sugar Dish Me
Samoa Pound Cake from House of Yumm
Blackberry Pound Cake from The Grant Life





  1. says

    As a Shakespeare but I am laughing hysterically at that story! That is so cool that she is teaching her kid Shakespeare!
    And this pound cake looks downright tempting. Pound cake is one of my boyfriend’s favorite treats, so I think I need to try this out on him.

    • says

      Isn’t that the best?? Sarah’s kids are amazing (mostly because she’s amazing). The idea of Charlotte quoting Shakespeare at me is just laughable, and I think she’s a pretty smart kid :)

      Definitely try this out on your boyfriend, you will gain major girlfriend points :)

  2. says

    You had me at Cream Cheese Pound Cake, yummy. I grew up eating pound cake but I’ve never had a cream cheese version. I can only imagine how this cake melts in your mouth.

  3. stephanie says

    omg, yum! i like poundcake, but you’re right, it has to be moist. dry poundcake is totally worthless to me, lol. i also don’t understand scones. just…why would you want one when you could have a muffin or a biscuit? i just don’t get it, man.

    ps i obviously have a thing for your MIL’s recipes too, since i went through all those links and realized i had already bookmarked them, haha! now just to get around to making them. the cinnamon rolls & butterscotch oatmeal are at the top of the list :)

    • says

      Okay seriously Stephanie you HAVE to follow the link up there to the Bacon White Cheddar Scones. I’m not a scone person but these are LEGIT. probably because they’re brushed with liquid bacon and sprinkled with sugar before baking. I’m telling you, try them out.

      Kris is the best. So many amazing recipes to try! I make the butterscotch oatmeal for my kids every morning for breakfast. Seriously, almost every day. I only add 1/3 cup sugar to a double batch because I’m trying not to give them childhood diabetes (#goals). And they still love it. It’s good stuff.

  4. Chatti says

    This cake was delicious! Thank you for posting it today. I needed to make a treat for bookclub and this was perfect. The cake was moist and light and the strawberry sauce complemented it well. It was a hit with all the ladies. Thank you!

  5. Kristine Gifford says

    So glad you got around to making and posting this recipe Karen! It has shown up at all four children’s graduation open houses among other things. Now I don’t have to dig out the cookbook I got it from! And Sarah sounds major amazing! Kids quoting Shakespeare is impressive . Very Impressive. (you can tell what gets quoted at our house).

  6. Janice says

    I’m trying hard NOT to picture 3 boys attacking a mattress with 6 knives….
    But I do love a good pound cake, the strawberries on top sound extra yummy!

  7. says

    I’m in love!!! I love fruit with cake!! I had to catch up on some of your later posts and I died laughing!! I am so in the same boat about kids clothing and having to change them out, HATE it. I feel like I just go through their stuff and the season changes or they out grow them like overnight!!! Your camping pics are totally cute and I would so be on your team hot dogs for dinner! Also, love all your school lunch ideas, I will totally be implementing those!!
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