Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe is tender and moist. It’s sweet and simple with a buttery flavoring that melts in your mouth!
With just 6 basic cake ingredients, this is THE BEST pound cake recipe!
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This is my Mom’s cake recipe. She always either made this Cream Cheese Pound Cake or a Sour Cream Pound Cake. For years, I thought it was the only Pound Cake recipe.
LEMON CREAM CHEESE POUND CAKE RECIPE
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe has a very silky texture. A small crumbs that are even smoother than the Whipping Cream Pound Cake. The outside of this pound cake does not have a crispy texture like the Whipping Cream Pound Cake. However, it’s just as flavorful.
It’s a very easy pound cake to make. Even though I used a generous one tablespoon of lemon extract in my Cream Cheese Pound Cake it does not have a lemon flavor. The one and a half cups of butter give it a butter flavoring instead. Also, as I found in this cookie recipe that uses cream cheese, the cream cheese actually compliments and intensifies the butter flavor. That’s a good thing!
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The video below is for my Old Fashioned Blue Ribbon Pound Cake. However, the mixing method is the same as for this Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe.
More Tips for Cream Cheese Pound Cake
If you truly want a lemon flavor, I suggest adding two tablespoons of lemon extract as well as 2 tablespoons of lemon zest to the recipe listed below. Furthermore, for Cream Cheese Pound Cake with classic vanilla and buttery taste use vanilla intead of lemon extract. It is very good and I highly recommend this recipe.
This Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe yields a moist cake that’s dense and slightly sweet. If you crave more sweetness, glaze the cake with a mixture of confectioners’ sugar, milk, and flavoring.
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CAN I FREEZE CREAM CHEESE POUND CAKE?
Pound cake is great for freezing. Wrap it up tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap and store it in the freezer for 4 to 6 months.
CAN I BAKE THIS POUND CAKE IN 2 LOAF PANS?
Yes, you can bake this cake in two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans. The cooking time will be 60 minutes add time as needed.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe
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- 1 and 1/2 cups butter room temperature
- 8 ounce cream cheese room temperature
- 6 large eggs room temperature
- 3 cups granulated white sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon lemon extract
- Coat a 10 cup tube pan or bundt pan with solid vegetable shortening and sugar or Wilton cake release.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
- Add sugar and beat until fluffy. The mixture will lighten in color slightly.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
- Slowly add flour to the mixture and combine.
- Add lemon extract and combine.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean or with 'dry' crumbs.
- Allow to cool on the countertop on a wire rack 15 minutes before inverting on a serving tray. Cool completely on the counter before covering in an airtight container. Store in air-tight container on the counter-top for 3 to 4 days.
Alanne aka Chef Allure says
I just put my cakes in the oven. I used your recipe as a base. These are the changes I made. I wanted a strawberry lemonade cream cheese pound cake. I used strawberry cream cheese. Instead of extract I squeezed the juice of 1 large lemon. I zested the lemon and set it aside for the pudding I’m using as a sort of filling. The batter tastes immaculate. Additionally. I used mini bunt cake pans. So they will not cook quite as long. I cannot wait to taste them when done. I will certainly let you know if they come out how I want. 😁
Yes, I’d love to hear the results. I get a lot of questions on useing mini bundt pans so I’d also love to know how long they baked. I keep meaning to test this but forget until I’m asked again. Thanks so much!
Marcella Basile says
I am just curious why the lemon extract is added after the flour. I would think it would mix in better before but I see this often in recipes. Is there a reason?
I’m not really sure. If I’m making a cake with buttermilk, milk, whipping cream etc I dump mine in it and mix it in.
One of my favorite pound cake recipes! It’s hard to believe such a short list of ingredients can make something so delectably flavorful, tender and moist. Love it!
I had an excess of strawberries after picking them and wanted to make something different. I made this pound cake and served it with sliced strawberries and it was so delicious!
This cake was so good!
Wendy Leal says
I tried this recipe and everyone said it was the best pound cake they have ever had! I did add a little more lemon extract to it as I LOVE lemon. I am not much of a baker but this was super easy to make!
Hola!! No necesita polvo de hornear?
No, the eggs will make the cake rise.
My Grandmother baked cakes and I do too. This is a perfect replica of her recipe as each one is slightly different. It’s the butter for me. It’s the tablespoon of flavoring too. I substituted vanilla for my family. Make sure you sift the flour and everything is room temperature. Now, this version yields a lot of mixture so there was enough a 6 or so cupcakes. I will add confection sugar icing to make the dessert a hit! Thank you for sharing. Southern baker, Ingrid
Laurie Russell says
I’ve made many of your pound cakes and love the taste and texture of all of them but I keep having the top crumble off. Am I over baking? They’re never dry and don’t seem to be over baked but I’m stumped.
Hi Laurie, I’ve actually been researching this. It happens to mine occasionally and I *think* I do the same thing every time.
Jacqueline Hillery says
The recipe says coat the pan with shortening and sugar. Is the sugar a typo? I have never heard of using sugar to coat a pan.
I use granulated sugar to coat the pan. It doesn’t leave white areas as flour does.
Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.
Can you add Fresh blueberries to it? To take it a blueberry cc pound cake?
What can you use as a substitute for the lemon extract?
Yes you can use blueberries and you can sub almond or vanilla extract. I also have this Blueberry Pound cake if you want to refer to it. https://www.callmepmc.com/fresh-blueberry-pound-cake-recipe/
Lillie Burroughs says
I just made thus cake and shared it with my neighbors, it is so very good. I will keep using g this recipe. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me.
Can I also add HWC to the recipe or will that change it completely?
I’m sorry, I can’t figure out what HWC is? My brain is slow after working all day 😊
My guess is Heavy Whipping Cream?
Have not tried this yet, but it looks delicious. Cream cheese pound cakes are my favorite, so very rich. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Can you use cake flour
Can I use an ordinary cake tin instead ofbthe bundt tin?
pound cake batter baked in a non-Bundt or tube pan will require different baking times. Bundt batter halved and baked in two cake or loaf pans will likely require less time, while Bundt batter baked in 13×9-inch pans may require more time, so stay in the kitchen while the cake bakes and give it plenty of attention to ensure proper doneness.
KENYA ROLLINSON says
Great recipe love it
Do you sift the flour?
Yes, before measuring
May I add lemon pudding mix to the cake to add a more lemony flavor? I don’t have fresh lemons.
lemon pudding will change the texture
Do I use salted butter or non salted or it doesn’t matter.
You can use either. I always use salted, it’s a personal preference.
Lilly Aguilar says
I make this cake, excellent, thank you very much for sharing the recipe!
I made this cake as a bday present for one pf the ladies at church and I also bake them for my church on Fellowship Day.
Terri Adams says
So easy, and so very moist. Very delicious.
Susan N. says
AWESOME Lemon pound cake!! Followed your directions precisely with the lemon extract & lemon zest. Can’t wait to try the strawberry buttermilk pound! Thank you for sharing your recipes.
This is the easiest lb cake I’ve made…I’ve made about 5 before…having room temp ingredients did make a difference and the batter never got so thick that the mixer got stuck like in the past…its still cooling can’t wait to taste it with homemade whipped cream
Amazing. I just tried your recipe. It turned out so good. Thank you for your recipe!!
Excited to try it will let you know today.
No baking powder?
No the eggs leaven the cake
Fiona Powell says
Do you use baking powder in any pound cake recipe?
Typically I don’t. Eggs are enough leavening for the cake and what has traditionally been all that was used. I find also when using baking powder and baking soda I don’t get that crusty top that I like.
How do you keep that crusty top from breaking and falling off when removing the cake from the pan?
Sometimes it does and I want to cry. I try to grease the pan really really good then I have 2 cake plates ready so I loosen the cake with a thin knife around the edges and flip it quickly. But it does crumble sometimes.
Do u use unsalted butter?
It is recommended to use unsalted butter when baking but I always use salted. It doesn’t make a difference in the baking process just the taste and I prefer the taste of salted.
Debra Harrison says
How much cream do I use
There is no cream. In this direction “Add sugar and cream until fluffy, mixture will lighten in color slightly.” Cream is referring to beat or mix. I have updated it for clarification
Loved the cake, the only thing I changed was I added 1 Tbsp of Madagascar vanilla bean paste in place of the lemon flavoring. One person who ate it said it was the best pound cake he ever ate!
vanilla bean is the best, great substitution. I’m glad you liked it.
Can you use fresh lemon juice instead of extract?
I will have to try this
Hope you enjoy!
Fanny Alcalay says
It look very tasty.
I love lemon aroma and this is so yumy so fluffy.
Thank you Ariana! I love to smell lemon desserts baking too !
Hayley Appleford says
Wow this looks delicious! Must give this a try 🙂
With love, Hayley ♥
Thansk, it’s one of my favs!