Miss Dot’s Pound Cake Recipe is a cream cheese pound cake that’s deliciously buttery, tender, and has a lovely crusty top! This splurge-worthy dessert is totally worth the effort!
MISS DOT’S POUND CAKE RECIPE
Amazingly, Miss Dot’s Pound Cake became an overnight sensation after she appears on the HGTV series Home Town. This is Miss Dot’s original pound cake recipe. I ever-so-slightly tweaked the recipe to make it even better. You may be thinking, ‘why did you tweak the recipe?’ Well, in case you’re new to Call Me PMc, I have tested and reviewed over 70 pound cake recipes. (You can get all the recipes here: Pound Cake Recipes Reviewed.) I’m pretty good at making pound cakes and I tested Miss Dot’s recipe and I made minor changes. The recipe that I tweaked is better according to my taste testers.
You can get the full, printable recipe below in the recipe card. This is Miss Dot’s Pound Cake as she wrote.
Here’s my version.
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS CRUSTY TOP POUND CAKE
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- All-purpose flour. Good quality all-purpose flour. You can use cake flour, but it’s unnecessary. This cake is divine with all-purpose flour.
- Sugar. Granulated white sugar.
- Eggs. Large eggs or the equivalent at room temperature.
- Butter. Real butter at room temperature. Margarine will not work. Salted or Unsalted butter will both work, it’s a personal preference for which you use.
- Cream cheese. Full fat, good quality cream cheese at room temperature. Do not use low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.
- Pure vanilla and almond extract. The combo of both extracts adds the best flavor.
- Salt. This is optional. However, when you add salt to sweet recipes it ‘helps certain molecules of the ingredients release their flavor easier.’
**You can change any ingredient you’d like to, but these are the exact ingredients I used and what I recommend to use to make Miss Dot’s Pound Cake.
METHOD FOR MAKING MISS DOT’S POUND CAKE RECIPE
The original recipe had these instructions. I explain in detail how to mix the ingredients in the full recipe card.
Beat the ingredients together well. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Place it into a cold oven. Bake at 300 degree for an hour and a half. Take it out carefully, and your pound cake should be complete!
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO A GOOD POUND CAKE?
A pound cake should be rich and buttery with a dense texture and a tender crumb. With my simple tips and tricks, you can bake rich, buttery, homemade pound cakes like a pro.
- All your refrigerated ingredients need to be at room temperature.
- Use name-brand ingredients. Store brands of sugar are often more finely ground than name brands, thus yielding more sugar per cup. This can cause the cake to fall. Store brands of butter may contain more liquid fat and/or water. And, store brands of flour may contain more hard wheat, making the cake heavy.
- Use real butter, the fat content in margarine can vary and can dramatically change the outcome of your recipe.
- Calibrate your oven. You can do everything else right, but if your oven is not cooking at the temperature it shows on the dial, your cake will not cook correctly. Please read this post I wrote on How to Calibrate your Oven.
- Measure accurately. Use the spoon & level method to measure flour.
- Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. The color will a pale yellow.
- Don’t overbeat once you add the eggs and flour.
- Make sure your pan is thoroughly greased. I recommend using either a solid vegetable shortening or butter, then follow up with a coating of flour or granulated sugar.
- Place the cake pan in the center of the oven, and keep the door closed until the minimum baking time has elapsed.
- Don’t rush baking a pound cake by increasing the oven temperature. Pound cake batter is very dense and takes time to bake.
- Hop over to this post, Bake the Perfect Pound cake, for even more details.
HOW DO I MAKE A MOIST POUND CAKE?
The most important thing when baking your pound cake is to make sure that you do NOT over-bake it.
Your pound cake will continue to cook for a few minutes after you remove it from the oven. To ensure a soft, tender cake, try to catch your cake slightly before it’s done. Look for the skewer to come out with a few moist crumbs and immediately remove it from the oven.
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.
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MISS DOT'S POUND CAKE RECIPE
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- Preheat oven to 300°F
- Add sugar and beat until fluffy. The mixture will lighten in color slightly. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition just until the egg disappears into the batter. After all the eggs are added, stop the mixer and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add flour to the mixture and combine.
- Add vanilla and almond extracts and combine. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Stir the batter with your spatula to combine.
- Spoon into your prepared baking pan and level the top. Place in your preheated oven in the center of the center rack.
- *Bake at 300°F for 90 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean or with 'dry' crumbs. The cake will continue to cook for a few minutes after you remove it from the oven. Therefore, err on the cautious side of 'slightly' underbaked. [I bake my cake in a dark tube pan with it sitting on a cookie sheet. Both of these can affect cooking time. I recommend you test and make detailed notes on what you use and how long it takes the first time you make this cake.]
- Allow your cake to cool on the countertop on a wire rack for 30 minutes before inverting it on a serving tray. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Cool completely before covering in an airtight container. Store in an air-tight container on the countertop for 3 to 4 days or in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. [I find it begins to dry out after 5 to 7 days. If it gets dry, it's still okay to eat. Spread butter on a slice and toast it in the oven or a pan on the stovetop until warmed through and lightly browned.]