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Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake has such wonderfully rich flavor. Such a simple, lovely cake!

overhead view of Cream Cheese Pound Cake on a white cake plate

Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake

One of my favorite things about baking is making something that combines a few baking favorites into one dessert. With pecans and cream cheese in an easy-to-make pound cake, that’s exactly what we have here with this Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake!

Unlike traditional pound cakes, this one has cream cheese to give it a wonderful, tangy flavor boost. I am pretty much always in favor of baking with cream cheese, but I must say that it really makes this cake something special.

slice of Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake on a white plate

My other favorite part of this cake is the addition of lots of pecans. Having been raised in the South, I learned to love pecans early and have never stopped. They add a nice crunch to this cake and also take the flavor up another notch. You can, of course, substitute another nut if you like. Honestly, though, pecans are so perfect here that I never make this cake without them.

This is a fairly straightforward cake to make. If you’ve baked your share of cakes, then you aren’t likely to find any surprises along the way. One of the beauties of this cakes is that it mixes so quickly and easily!

overhead view of slices of pound cake on white and brown plates

Tips for Success

  • Measure accurately. Use a kitchen scale to measure by weight for the best results. Otherwise, use the spoon and sweep method, and take care to measure all the ingredients precisely. If you don’t use a scale, keep in mind that the cake flour measurement is for sifted flour, meaning a volume measurement should be done after sifting.
  • Use a light-colored, metal pan. Dark pans tend to over-bake the outside edges, leaving the center under-baked and perhaps leading to a fallen cake. Metal pans are almost always the best choice for any kind of baking.
  • Thoroughly grease the pan. I prefer using a cooking spray with flour, like Baker’s Joy or Pam for Baking.
  • Don’t have cake flour? While cake flour is really the best flour for this recipe, you can try making a substitute.
  • Don’t over-mix. Pound cakes don’t usually depend on leavening ingredients for rise. Instead, they rely on the air incorporated during mixing. Over-mixing can cause the cake not to rise properly. For further reading, see The Creaming Method.
overhead view of slices of cream cheese pound cake on white plates and the remaining cake on a white cake plate

This Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake is a long-time favorite of mine. I really love everything about it, from how easy it is to make to how wonderfully delicious it is. It’s the kind of cake that is welcome for a simple, casual dessert as well as for a time when you want to impress.

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Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake

Yield 12-16 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Easy to make and sure to please, this Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake is always a favorite!

overhead view of Cream Cheese Pound Cake on a white cake plate


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 & 1/2 cups (500g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (360g) sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the sugar gradually and mix until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually mix in the cake flour and salt. Mix in the pecans.
  4. Pour batter into pan. Bake for about an hour and twenty minutes or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool the cake in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.


Recipe adapted from The Southern Living Cookbook.

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    14 Comments on “Cream Cheese Pecan Pound Cake”

  1. Wow this looks really good! It makes me want to dig out a recipe of my mom’s for sour cream pound cake that also has pecans in it along with cinnamon and some other yummy things ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll definitely be holding on to your recipe too! Thanks

  2. That is amazing! That crunchy crust looks delightful in a beautiful, homely way – the perfect comfort cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yum! May I ask which tube pan you ended up buying? I’ve been on a search for one too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I bought a Wilton tube pan. It worked well, and it was reasonably priced.

  5. Sounds good. I love anything with cream cheese.

  6. Ooooh, I think I’m gonna love this one. Gonna try it one of these days..

  7. Wow, this sounds delicious. I think cream cheese (as well as buttermilk or sour cream) improves all baked goods. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. This sounds really good! Any idea if it would mail okay or would the cream cheese make it a bad option?

  9. Thanks, Shelley. I’m certainly no expert on mailing food. The cream cheese is baked in, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I would think this cake would survive in the mail, although I might make its trip as quick as possible.

  10. Please tell me where you purchased the “TUBE PAN”. I have looked all over for one and can only find angel food type pans or bundt pans.

    I am looking for a solid, one piece, heavy tube pan like my grandmother had.

    That cake looks absolutely delicious!


  11. I love the crunchy top on a pound cake!

  12. This looks wonderful! ย I will need to make about 100 servings, so I plan on baking in loaf pans, any idea how long I should bake them, and would you adjust the temperature or leave it the same?

    Thanks for the assist

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