Cream Cheese Pound Cake

cream cheese pound cake

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
607 Calories
33g Fat
75g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 607
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 429mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 5g
Calcium 81mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're looking for a delectable dessert to treat yourself with, then look no further. This rich cream cheese pound cake is perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth. It's very easy to make and it's baked in a Bundt cake pan or tube cake pan. The best part about it is how versatile it can be. While plain pound cake is always a guilty pleasure, you can dress up this rich dessert with a glaze, powdered sugar, or another sauce of choice.

We've included two possible glazes—cream cheese glaze and vanilla glaze—but feel free to use another icing or dust the cake with powdered sugar instead. This pound cake would be wonderful with a fresh strawberry or blueberry sauce or a lemon dessert sauce.

For something a little different, use slices to make this pound cake French toast. It's amazing!


  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (sifted before measuring, about 13 1/2 ounces)
  • 6 large eggs (room temperature, see tip below)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For the Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk (or juice)
  • For the Vanilla Glaze:
  • 4 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk (or hot water)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 325 F.

  2. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch one-piece tube cake pan or Bundt cake pan.

  3. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and shortening until creamy.

  4. With the electric mixer on medium speed, gradually beat in the granulated sugar. Continue beating for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. 

  5. Beat in the 8 ounces of cream cheese until well blended. 

  6. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  7. Add the flour and 1 teaspoon of vanilla; beat just until well blended.

  8. Spoon the batter into the prepared 10-inch tube pan or ​Bundt cake pan.

  9. Bake in the preheated 325 F oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

  10. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a rack to cool completely. 

  11. To glaze the cake, place wax paper or parchment under the rack.

For the Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with the 4 ounces of cream cheese until well blended.

  2. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and about 3 tablespoons of milk or juice, or enough to make a thin icing that can be drizzled over the cooled cake.

  3. Once the cake is cooled, pour it over the cake.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

For the Plain Vanilla Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat 1/4 cup of softened butter with 2 cups of powdered sugar.

  2. Beat in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and then beat in 2 to 4 tablespoons of milk or hot water, or enough to make a thin icing.

  3. Once the cake has cooled, pour the glaze over the cake, serve and enjoy!


  • To get the eggs to room temperature quickly, place them in a bowl of hot tap water and let them stand for about 5 minutes.

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