We had our wonderful neighbor over for dinner the other day after church. Well, I should say former neighbor from our old house. We don’t get to see each other as often as we would like so meals like this are appreciated and looked forward to. As I was coming up with the meal plan in my mind, I knew I wanted to involve fruit as everything is coming in season and we all enjoy it. Of course, what dessert is better with fruit then a pound cake? You know our theory, if you add cream cheese to something, it only makes it better. Introducing: Cream Cheese Pound Cake.
Making food for this neighbor of ours is harder than you may think. She is a wonderful cook. She is the one who first made the cake mix coffee cake and the strawberry pie for us. As my children say, “Everything Miss Alice makes tastes great.” That, my friends, is a hard standard to live up to. Those words were a challenge for me to make up something extra tasty (I hope!) so I made my hamburger soup (over 1000 pins on pinterest must stand for something!). 🙂 Of course, also this cream cheese pound cake.
This cream cheese pound cake was extremely easy to make, especially since I have acquired my Kitchen Aid mixer. I really, really enjoy my mixer. Can I make things without it? Of course, but it just makes my life so much easier and quicker. Get a mixer. You will be glad you did! The cream cheese pound cake is a thick cake with a sweet flavoring. It would work well by itself or, as we did, pair it with fruit. You could also add whipped cream. The cream cheese coffee cake takes a while to bake and you will want time to let it cool, but the time spent is worth this wonderful and company friendly dessert.
- 1 cup softened butter
- 2½ cups sugar
- 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
- 5 eggs
- 2½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar and cream cheese until smooth.
- Adding the eggs one at a time, mix well until each are blended in.
- Mix in the extracts.
- Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl and mix.
- Add the flour mixture, little at a time until blended in.
- Pour mixture into a greased tube pan.
- Bake at 350* for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center tests clean.
- Cool for 10-15 minutes then remove from pan and let cool on a cooling rack.
- Top with fruit or whipped cream as desired.