Cream Cheese Pound Cake is moist with a delicious buttery flavor. It’s quick and easy to make with a box of yellow cake mix and a few additional ingredients.
Although delicious warm, tastes MUCH better after 24 hours in the fridge. Serve with or without frosting. Pairs well with fruit, ice cream and whipped cream.
DISCLOSURE: I used a box of Betty Crocker yellow cake mix provided by General Mills. I was not paid to endorse their product. All comments are my own.
What is a pound cake?
Technically, this recipe is not a pound cake. The weight is the inspiration for pound cake.
EDITOR’S NOTE (December 21, 2020): Added a photo of the sliced cake. See recipe video posted in recipe notes (bottom of page).
To test and see if a pound cake is done, press a knife in center all the way down until it touches the bottom. If it comes out clean, cake is done. A toothpick is too short because it only pierces the top of the cake.
I’m often asked if this recipe can be used to make cupcakes. The answer is YES! Be sure to check out my recipe for Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.
You may also enjoy my Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies and Homemade Cream Cheese Pound Cake (made from scratch).
This is a variation of an Almond Cream Cheese Pound Cake from Genius Kitchen. Be sure to read the tweaks. They have lots of helpful tips.
I tweaked the recipe by using vanilla extract instead of almond extract. Use your favorite extract.
My Pineapple Dump Cake is one of THE most popular recipes on my blog. Visitors love the tangy pineapples topped with a yellow cake. Excellent topped with vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream.
The sturdy Lodge Cast Iron Fluted Cake Pan will last for years (or generations) with proper care.
My aunt (73 years blessed) owns a cast iron skillet that has been in our family for several generations. I estimate it to be at least 80 years old. It is in excellent shape because of proper care. How cool is that?!
Always use heavy pot holders or towels when handling hot cast iron cookware (or any cookware).
Helpful Tips For Beginners: How To Read & Follow Any Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what type of equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks use a recipe to create a delicious dish.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you follow each step. No misses!
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, try a substitute or omit the ingredient.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped walnuts is not the same as walnuts, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written that way in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized, use each ingredient and complete each step. Nothing is overlooked.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.