Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake
This light and tender cream cheese pound cake full of zesty lemon flavor is elegant enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for a busy weeknight!
1 hr 30 min Prep Time
1 hr 15 min Cook Time
- Prep Time: 1 hr 30 min
- Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min
- Servings: 12-16 servings
Servings: 12-16 servings
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Lemon slices or zest, for garnish (optional)
Step 1Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a tube pan or bundt pan with butter and flour.
Step 2Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Step 3In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on high until smooth. Add the sugar and lemon zest and beat until light and creamy, 2-3 minutes.
Step 4Add eggs one at a time, scraping down after each. Mix in the vanilla.
Step 5Add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. batter will be thick, do not overmix.
Step 6Spread the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Step 7Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 8To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Pour over the cooled cake and garnish with lemon slices or zest, if desired.
Step 9Let glaze sit up for 15 minutes before slicing.
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