Cream Cheese Pound Cake with David

You can serve this rich, creamy cake unembellished, or, as chef David Waltuck recommends, dusted with confectioners' sugar and topped with a berry compote or freshly poached peaches and whipped cream.

  • Yield: Makes 1 cake
Cream Cheese Pound Cake with David

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, June 2001

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1 eight-ounce package Philadelphia brand cream cheese
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly butter a 10-inch tube pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. Combine butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar, increase the speed to high, and beat until light and airy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add vanilla, then flour and salt all at once. Beat just until incorporated.

  3. Pour batter into prepared pan, and shake lightly to even out the top. Bake until cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted in middle comes out clean, 1 hour 15 minutes.

  4. Place pan on a cooling rack, and cool for 20 minutes. Remove cake from pan, and let cool completely. Serve at room temperature.

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