I don’t know how I have been baking constantly for the last 9 years without EVER doing a pound cake, but somehow this escaped my radar. No more! This week I had two pounds of strawberries that needed to get used up, and one of my favorite desserts is Strawberry Shortcake. Normally when I do Strawberry Shortcake I do more of a biscuit-type base for it, but I was never totally satisfied with that. This cream cheese pound cake takes a bit longer than the biscuit base, but in my opinion it is worth the extra time.
This is a pretty standard pound cake recipe. It can be found in numerous different places. I found this particular variation at Taste Of Home, but I see others that are nearly identical from Paula Deen, Martha Stewart, Recipe Girl, and countless other places. It came out very moist and flavorful. Definitely use real butter, and full fat cream cheese. No substitutions here!
Begin by creaming together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese until they are light and fluffy.
Add in the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract next, and mix to combine. Next combine your dry ingredients together and stir, and then add to the wet mixture. Mix until you can see no more dry flour.
Pour the batter into prepared baking pans. Personally, I LOVE the Pam Baking Spray with flour in it, but if you don’t, a good old-fashioned butter and flouring will do just fine.
NOTE: I overfilled my pans. These were too small for the amount of batter this makes, so make sure and either use large loaf pans or a bundt pan.
Bake for 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees. Keep an eye on them near the end, and remove when a tester comes out clean, or with only a few moist crumbs. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, and then remove to finish cooling on a wire rack.
Honestly, these were good enough to eat plain. They didn’t NEED any garnishment, but the only thing better than plain pound cake is pound cake covered in macerated strawberries, sweet vanilla whipped cream, and fresh sliced strawberries.
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