Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe – a true Southern dessert classic that never goes out of style. Passed down from generation to the generation, this pound cake recipe will always be a hit!
THE IMPORTANCE OF BUTTER IN CAKE BAKING
WHY DO THEY CALL IT A POUND CAKE?
THE HISTORY OF POUND CAKE – CREAM CHEESE POUND CAKE
Today, Pound Cakes have become a staple for bakers all across the South. They’re easy to make, incredibly delicious and perfect to share with people you love or even strangers you want to impress.
There are some recipes so entrenched in your spirit that they almost become part of the family, kinda like a distant cousin. You know them inside and out, and no cookbook is necessary to execute their greatness. Making these recipes is as natural as walking. These are the types of recipes that the women in my family have been making for decades. They are completely worn in, and every single time I make them, they seem to get better and better.
MY FAMILY AND POUND CAKE RECIPES
For my family, it is definitely the pound cakes that fit snugly into this category. We can mix them together in mere moments but they always taste as though several hours were spent creating them. It is one of our super powers. I first learned how to make these passed down cake recipes from my Big Mama when I was a young girl. She’d watch me patiently as I sifted large bowls of flour and paused frequently to sneak tastes of the delicious batter. We chatted about my school day or she’d tell me stories to make me laugh until my belly hurt.
There is a certain care and meticulous nature in the baking process that Big Mama takes pride in. She truly passed that pride on to me. I wasn’t just learning to bake; I was learning about my family’s deep rooted traditions and the fabric of our heritage. These are the same traditions I hope to pass on to my daughter and to the grandchildren I’ll welcome into my kitchen.
WHAT IS A CREAM CHEESE POUND CAKE RECIPE?
When I first learned how to bake this Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe, I felt so accomplished. You see, a slice of this cake is more than just dessert to my family; it is a gesture of love and history. During Black History Month, I am more aware than ever of how the crucial traditions of my family’s past shaped my present and future. Women like Abby Fisher, who survived slavery and still continued on to start a business, remind me of the strong women in my family that came before me. Because of their hard work and sacrifices I’m able to create new traditions while passing on the ones I hold dear to my heart.
Now don’t get me wrong, the flavor of this cake is simply irresistible. It is buttery and simultaneously dense and light in a way that doesn’t seem possible. It is the oxymoron of cakes with a texture that’s indescribable. Don’t be put off by the idea of cream cheese either; it does not add an unappealing cheese flavor. Instead, the cream cheese creates a smooth texture and a slight tang that’ll have you smacking your lips.
TIPS FOR MAKING A CREAM CHEESE POUND CAKE
With any pound cake, texture is key to creating the perfect taste. To create the best texture, begin by making sure that your cake batter is mixed well. You must beat your fat to incorporate air into your cake because it doesn’t have a leavening.
Most will skip the importance of the “creaming” process which is mixing the fat and sugar together.
Another tip is making sure that you do not over mix once you add your flour to this cake. Because flour has gluten, if you over mix it, the texture will change. As soon as your flour is incorporated into the batter, stop mixing. Also remember to slow down your mixer. This is also important.
MORE POUND CAKE RECIPES
Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe - a true Southern dessert classic that never goes out of style. Passed down from generation to the generation, this pound cake recipe will always be a hit!
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 tablespoons oil or shortening
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature one brick
- 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs room temperature
- 3 cups sifted cake flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- powdered sugar for garnish
- Start by preheating your oven to 325°F then liberally spray a 12-cup bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.
- In your mixer bowl, add butter, oil or shortening, and cream cheese and beat for 2 minutes on high speed. Slowly add in sugar beat on high speed for an additional seven minutes until very pale yellow and fluffy.
- Next, add eggs, one at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides as needed.
- Turn your mixer down to its lowest speed, and slowly add flour into batter in two increments then add salt. Be careful not to overbeat.
- Lastly, add in vanilla extract, scrape down sides and mix until just combined and turn off mixer.
- Pour cake batter into prepared bundt pan, and bake for 1 hour and 15 -20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert cake on serving plate for at least an hour or until the cake is cool to the touch.
- Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Tips for Cream Cheese Pound Cake
With any pound cake, texture is key to creating the perfect taste. To create the best texture, begin by making sure that your cake batter is mixed well. You must beat your fat to incorporate air into your cake because it doesn't have a leavening.
Most will skip the importance of the "creaming" process which is mixing the fat and sugar together.
Another tip is making sure that you do not overmix once you add your flour to this cake. Because flour has gluten, if you overmix it, the texture will change. As soon as your flour is incorporated into the batter, stop mixing. Also remember to slow down your mixer. This is also important.