Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cake Slice Bakers: Cold-Oven Cream Cheese Pound Cake

When I read the name of this cake, it conjured up images of a dense, heavy, tangy cake--which I didn't think sounded very good.  But it was amazing in every way!  The cream cheese in the batter didn't impart a cheesecakey flavor, but rather an incredible moistness.  The fresh lemon zest and freshly-grated ginger gave it a wonderful, refreshing Spring flavor.  And unlike a lot of pound cakes, this one was not only easy to make AND baked evenly, but it also had a tight, light crumb.  We loved it with the season's fresh strawberries and whipped cream, but I also snuck a few slices plain and they were equally delicious.  It is by far my favorite plain pound cake recipe ever.  If you've been intimidated by pound cakes in the past, give this one a try; it is a breeze!

Cold-Oven Cream Cheese Pound Cake
from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman

3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 eggs, at room temp
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 Tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position.  Butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.  Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Beat butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.  Beat in vanilla, ginger, and lemon zest.  With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour.  When all of the flour has been added, mix for 30 seconds on medium.  Pour batter into prepared pan and place in cold oven.  Turn oven to 325 and bake until cake is golden, 65 to 80 minutes. Check for doneness with long wooden skewer.  Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.
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10 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful picture! Love the whip cream and strawberries. Great job on this month's cake =)

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  2. I did the berries and cream thing too :) Great photos!

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  3. Woo! Yumms! I am coming over for tea!

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  4. our cake looks gorgeous. Love how you dressed it up.

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  5. Looks amazing with the strawberries and cream.

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  6. Your cake looks gorgeous! The flavour was really different, but we liked it too.

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  7. I'm generally not a fan of pound cakes because they are so dense and heavy and sometimes dry, but this one was great. Your cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries and it looks SOOO good!

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  8. Hi, Lulu! Your blog is lovely! I'm a member of the Daring Bakers, too. I'd love to learn how to joun the Cake Slice Bakers - can you clue me in? Thanks so much!

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