Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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Pound cake has been around since the 1700’s when it was created in England. Its name is not super creative – the original cake was made with a pound of each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs. And it’s delicious – with a pound of butter and sugar how could it not be – so it is no surprise it has stood the test of time. This cream cheese pound cake recipe is sure to be your new favorite.

Overhead of cream cheese pound cake with slices cut.

Over the years, bakers have modified and created variations on the original. I’ve made a number of pound cakes including sour cream pound cake, peach pound cakeorange pound cake, and honey bun pound cake. And I love them all. Truly. This moist pound cake recipe makes a rich and delicious cake – one you can serve for breakfast or dessert and at any time in between.

It’s even better when you top it with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries or diced pineapple. Vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce or hot fudge sauce is also a great way to enjoy this cake.

Recently, I’ve brushed slices of pound cake with a little bit of oil or melted butter or oil before putting them on the grill or in the grill pan for a couple of minutes per side. This creates a warm slice with a slightly crunchy outside, the most scrumptious base for any toppings you can imagine.

But honestly, it’s amazing on its own. It’s so moist and flavorful, you really don’t need anything to garnish it.

If you love the idea of icing free cakes, give this luxurious olive oil cake a try.

What’s the purpose of cream cheese in a pound cake?

Believe it or not, cream cheese actually lightens up the cake! Pound cake is yummy but the traditional recipe makes for a dense cake. Cream cheese adds moistness to the cake and makes it lighter and a bit airier than the original.

What is the trick to making the perfect pound cake?

Pound cakes are easy to prepare, but they do require attention. Use the proper flour – cake flour – which will produce a slightly less dense cake. Measure your ingredients correctly, sift the flour, and be patient when mixing everything together.

Recipe Details

  • Taste – A rich cake with a hint of vanilla.
  • Texture – A golden crust with a moist and delicate crumb.
  • Ease – It’s not difficult to make, but does require patience when using a stand mixer or electric mixer.
  • Time – With so much moisture, this cake requires a full hour and 25 minutes to cook.

What You’ll Need


  • Butter – Unsalted butter works best here.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar is traditionally used but I bet brown sugar would taste amazing also!
  • Eggs – You need 8 large eggs – 4 eggs and 4 yolks.
  • Vanilla extract – Use high-quality pure vanilla or make vanilla at home for the best results.
  • Salt – Just a dash is all you need to balance the flavors.
  • Baking Powder – For a little bit of leavening.
  • Cake flour – I love the soft, tight crumb that cake flour has to offer. Sift the flour a couple of times after weighing it for a supremely tender cake.
  • Cream cheese – Use full-fat cream cheese for the best results.
  • Milk – For added moisture. This should be at room temperature.

Recommended tools

  • Stand mixer: I find that a stand mixer with a paddle attachment works best for getting the batter mixed thoroughly.
    • You can use a handheld electric mixer but I find it’s difficult to get the batter to emulsify. You’ll need to scrape the bottom of the bowl several times during mixing.
  • Bundt pan: Make sure to use a 12-cup bundt pan or tube pan. There’s a ton of batter!
Overhead of slice of cream cheese pound cake.

How to Make Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This moist cream cheese pound cake is very easy to put together. If you have a stand mixer, it’s even easier.

  1. Cream the dairy and sugar. Cream the butter and cream cheese together with the sugar together until it’s super light and fluffy. The color should look pale and the mixture be larger in volume. This can take 5-7 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. Beat in the eggs. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the eggs and egg yolks one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each addition of egg before adding the next one. This allows more air to be added to the eggs which will help the cake rise. Beat in the vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. Mix in the flour. Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix at low speed until combined. Add the milk and combine before adding the last of the flour. You’ll want to mix just until the flour is fully mixed in but be careful to not overmix at this point
Whipped butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a glass bowl.
  1. Bake the cake. You need a 12-cup bundt pan for all the batter. And make sure you grease and flour the pan well before adding the batter. I’m a huge fan of baking sprays that contain flour. Just spray it in and use a brush to work it into all the crevices.
  2. Between the eggs, the milk and the cream cheese – this is a thick batter, so it will need just under an hour and a half to bake. Ovens vary – so start checking at an hour and 15 minutes, and take out from the oven when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached. Let cook then invert cake on a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips For Success

  • It is important to use cake flour for this recipe. All purpose flour will make the cake too dense because of all the mixing required.
  • Sifting the flour mixture into the batter will make the cake lighter and fluffier.
  • Be patient, and follow the instructions for mixing speeds and what to add when carefully. Believe it or not, baking is science, and there is a reason why the cake turns out better when the instructions are followed!
Cream cheese pound cake with slice taken out so inside is visible.

Storage & Freezing

This is the perfect cake to keep under a cake dome for a few days on your counter – someone will grab a slice every time they walk by! It will keep for 4 days wrapped tightly at room temp, 1 week in the refrigerator, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

4.53 from 19 votes
Cream cheese pound cake with slice taken out so inside is visible.
Cream cheese pound cake is buttery rich with a golden crust and moist, delicate crumb. It's perfect enough to enjoy for breakfast or dessert. This recipe has quickly become everyone's favorite!
Jen Sobjack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Serving Size 10


  • 1 ½ cups (339 g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 ounces (170 g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups (600 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups (390 g) cake flour, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) milk, at room temperature


  • Position the oven rack to the lower-third position (just below the center of the oven) and preheat to 325°F. Generously grease a 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick spray containing flour; set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar together on medium-high speed for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. It should look as though it increased in volume. Stop and scrape down the sides as needed. (If the butter and cream cheese aren't super soft, you may need to add the sugar in 2 additions. Just mix in half at a time then continue to beat for 5 minutes.)
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, mixing to combine after each addition. Then add the vanilla extract and mix until combined. (The batter may appear curdled at this point. That's okay, it will smooth out once you add the flour.)
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to a medium bowl. Stir with a whisk to combine. Add half of the flour mixture over the butter mixture and gently mix at low speed until almost fully combined.
  • Add the milk and mix at low speed until almost fully combined.
  • Add the remaining flour and mix at low speed until just combined. Use a silicone spatula to stir the batter together to ensure it is completely combined.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar, whipped cream, or fresh berries if desired.


  • Cake flour: It is important to use cake flour for this recipe. All-purpose flour will cause the cake to be dense due to the amount of mixing involved. You can find cake flour on the baking aisle at your local grocery store.
  • Sifting: Sifting the flour into the batter makes the cake lighter. It also breaks up any large clumps of flour, making it easier to incorporate into the batter.
Make-Ahead Tip
  1. The cake will keep for up to 4 days wrapped tightly and stored at room temperature or for up to 1 week stored in the refrigerator.
  2. The cake can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 743kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 236mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 1309IU | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information provided is for convenience and as a courtesy only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate because nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator and input the exact ingredients and brands you used in the recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 4 stars
    May I use buttermilk n place of whole milk?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      Since this recipe calls for baking powder, I don’t recommend using buttermilk. Buttermilk does not react the same way with baking powder. Because of the higher acid, buttermilk actually inhibits the leavening process by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released if used in concert with baking powder.

      1. Many thanks for your informative response

  2. What happens if you use six whole eggsinstead of 4 eggs and four yolks? Also my sour cream pound cake I made cracked along the inside post of my bundle pan. What did I do wrong?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      You’ll change the structure of the cake. As far as what happened to your cake, I can’t say. I wasn’t there to see you make it so I have no idea what you did wrong.