Friday, February 24, 2017

Almond Cheesecake Pound Cake

All right, I’ve been throwing a lot of weird vegetables at you lately (but I have to grab them when I see them at the store), so let’s go back to more familiar territory: cake (we here at MLK seem to be doing a lot of baking lately!). In this case, this is a recipe based on one I saw recently in our local paper, for a pound cake with a twist—it has cream cheese in it.

While the original recipe called for lemon flavoring, I decided to change it up a bit by substituting almond extract (Krista and I have to have a pound cake duel!).

Almond Cheesecake Pound Cake
(really needs a better name, doesn’t it?)


3-1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter,
at room temperature

1 pkg (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room

2-3/4 cups granulated sugar

5 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp almond extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan (Note: you really need a pan that holds about ten cups. While there’s not a lot of baking powder/soda in this recipe, it does rise a bit, and if you try to squeeze into a smaller pan, it may overflow. Or don’t fill your pan to the top.)

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

This is a vintage sifter I bought
at a flea market. Big enough for
just about any recipe!
In a stand mixer set on medium-high, cream the softened butter for 2 minutes. Add the softened cream cheese and beat for 2 minutes more.

Lots of butter!
Add the sugar in 3 additions, beating for after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl. When all the sugar is added, beat for 1 minute more.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing enough to blend (do not overbeat). Add the vanilla and almond extracts blend.

Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions.

All in
Scrape down the bowl and spoon the mixture into the baking pan. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula.

BTW, I weighed the batter--
it's more like five pounds!
Bake for 65-70 minutes in the middle of the oven (this is important: because it is a dense cake, the outside may begin to brown before the interior is cooked. If you’re concerned, cover the top loosely with a piece of foil and/or reduce the heat to 325 degrees). The cake is done when a skewer comes out clean and the cake shrinks a bit away from the sides of the pan.

Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn out on a wire rack and cool completely. (If you want to dress it up, you could add an almond glaze using butter, confectioner’s sugar and almond extract.)

This cake slices neatly and keeps well (good thing, too, because it’s big!)

Still counting the days until the release of Cruel Winter (County Cork Mystery #5). 

Here's what the NY Journal of Books had to say about it:

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Available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (and still on sale at both).


  1. I like the name. It's a mouthful but it tells you what it is.

  2. I still haven't come up with a better name. Maybe if I keep tasting it, something will come to me. There's plenty left!

  3. That's a tough one to name. I love that it's so big. I may have to bake another pound cake. We're really into them right now.

    1. Wonder how many different flavors we can come up with? Anybody got a good recipe for chocolate pound cake?

  4. Printed so my hubby could make love cheesecake and love a good pound cake

    1. Cream cheese is a nice addition to a lot of cake or bar recipes--it keeps them moist. Good for your husband!

  5. I was expecting the cream cheese to be in the middle--
    "pound cake with a twist—it has cream cheese in it." "In" See?
    But mixed in sounds pretty darn tasty to me!

  6. Yum. The name made me want to have some!

  7. Sounds lovely, but I am not a fan of almond flavoring, do you think I could leave it out?

    1. Sure, no problem--the vanilla gives it plenty of flavor. Or add lemon or orange extract.

  8. Sheila/Krista Davis, I actually have a really good chocolate pound cake recipe (typically bake it in a tube pan but a bun Dr pan would work). If you'd like the recipe send me a PM and I'd be happy to share.. I, also, have a recipe for a richer chocolate pound cake baked in a loaf pan which I can share.. Just let me know if you'd like either or both.. The recipe you posted might also be tasty using lemon extract served with fresh berries.