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Cream-Cheese Pound Cakes

Recipe photo courtesy of Minh + Wass

For best results, bake these cakes at least a day before serving. Store, wrapped in plastic, for up to three days at room temperature, or freeze for up to three months.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2003
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You can also bake the batter in a 4-quart tube or Bundt pan. Increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes.

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  • MS10823472
    10 JAN, 2019
    I have made this cake over ten times now. Always perfect in my tube pan. Sometimes I frost it with chocolate icing or simply powder sugar. I even made a black and white poured fondant type frosting and everyone enjoyed it. So simple to make and a definite keeper.
  • vdebebe39
    7 SEP, 2018
    It was amazing, its my second time making it I have used home made butter and local cream cheeses and I only added 1 cup sugar. thank you it a great recipe, easy to follow the direction also great
  • HackerCat
    17 FEB, 2018
    This is the most heavenly cake I've ever baked. I've never altered a thing but I have considered adding dried currants to one of the cakes before baking. Thanks for perfection!
    • MS10929246
      23 JUL, 2018
      I absolutely love this recipe! I can not tell you HOW MANY times I have made this recipe throughout the years since I first found it in the everyday food edition. I have used it for gifts, hostessing and my family every loves it! It has become a Christmas tradition for I’d say almost ten years or since it first came out, as a part of our holiday baking. I’ve substituted at times the vanilla with freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s so good. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes that are now part of our family traditions Martha!
  • jloutten1590008
    30 JUN, 2018
    This recipe is simple to make because there are only six ingredients and easy to follow instructions. It is delicious to eat anytime for a snack or dessert after a meal. It is almost impossible to make a mistake because the instructions are written perfectly. In fact, the recipe is easy to memorize and there is no need to read it every time you bake.
  • ALR10748344DW
    18 JAN, 2018
    I love a cake with a crusty crust! I love eating hard, crunchy food. It really was delightfully sweet and browned up nicely. It had the sweet, spongy texture of a store bought pound cake BUT WITH TONS MORE OF CRUNCH!!!! Not sure why but it made 3 cakes instead of 2, maybe I didn't fill the pans enough? The batter was thick so perhaps I should have pushed it in more? Anyway, since I had a 3rd cake, I added some lemon zest and sour cream and it is nice. I think the cream cheese was the key ingredient to the moistness of this cake!! FABULOUS!!!
  • whatever3457
    25 JUL, 2017
    This is the absolutely best pound cake recipe I've tried. The crust was a little crunchy, cake was moist and oh so delicious! I'm shaking my head at the modifications some posters have made because I wouldn't change a thing! This is perfection!
  • dstockwell7
    16 FEB, 2017
    The recipe is right as written, such as the salt and no leavening. I've made this cake for many years and worked fine, until I moved to high elevation. I now live at 5,000 ft elevation and had to adjust accordingly. Such as less sugar, more vanilla and flour. Don't over beat the batter, too much air in the batter in high altitude is not good. Raise the temp to 375, just for preheating, then turn down to 350 for the baking time. Check after 50 minutes.
  • MS11370745
    17 DEC, 2015
    • bettyann5161
      4 OCT, 2016
      This is my favorite pound cake recipe except mine calls for 1 tsp salt and 2 tsp vanilla extract. The rest is exactly the same.
  • OtisG
    21 JUN, 2015
    Do we need to adjust cooking times if we use a glass Pyrex loaf dish? Or do you recommend nonstick metal? Thank you.
  • way too sweet
    5 MAR, 2015
    I made this cake,way too sweet although I've reduce the sugar 1/2 cup. I suggest maybe the sugar should be cut down to 2 cup only and add 1 tbsp or more of lemon juice to make it balance.But the cake has a unique texture,it's crumbly but it's buttery and also the skin of the cake is incredibly crisp and sweet.

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