Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

filed under: Cakes · Dessert on March 10, 2020

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake starts with the perfect delicate yet dense cake crumb of my Cream Cheese Pound Cake. It is then filled with strawberry sauce and topped with a strawberry cream cheese frosting so every bite is full of that sweet strawberry flavor!


Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Slice Being Removed

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake is broken down into three major components–the cream cheese pound cake, strawberry sauce, and strawberry cream cheese frosting.  It is important to use good quality products for this recipe, so I opted for Challenge Butter and Challenge Cream Cheese to make sure that my cake would be the best tasting pound cake you will ever try!

Challenge Butter and Cream Cheese are both made the old-fashioned way, from the freshest milk and cream from happy cows at family-owned dairies. In fact, Challenge is the only major U.S. dairy product company that controls the whole process when it comes to making its butter, from milking the cows, to transporting milk, to making the butter to packaging and distributing. Talk about quality control! I used the butter in my Kentucky Butter Crunch Cake as well, and it did not disappoint!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake Cut up on a White Cake Stand

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe

First off I have to mention that as you can see by the ingredients below, this is a FROM-SCRATCH strawberry cake that does not use a cake mix, gelatin, or jello to enhance the strawberry flavor. And I can tell you with certainty, it is a serious strawberry flavor! I might go so far as to say that it is the BEST strawberry cake I have ever had!

One thing to take note of, I can’t stress enough that this cake needs to be made with room temperature ingredients. This will ensure easier mixing and helps achieve that perfect crumb! 

Pound Cake Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Challenge cream cheese
  • Challenge butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs–Out of eggs? Check out some Egg Substitutes to try in this recipe!
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cake flour – cannot substitute all-purpose flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Strawberries

Strawberry Sauce Ingredients

  • Granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Strawberries (pureed)

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • Challenge cream cheese
  • Challenge butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Vanilla

Slice of Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake Cut on a White Plate

How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Let’s start with the pound cake itself. I used my Cream Cheese Pound Cake as the base for a couple of reasons. It has been heavily tested and perfected and it tastes amazing. Perfection. People are known to have their eyes roll up in their heads when taking the first bite. It’s that good.

When mixing ingredients, make sure each ingredient is incorporated before moving on to the next! Be gentle with your batter. If you want to remove it from the stand mixer right after adding the flour and mix by hand that is just fine but make sure your flour is double sifted and that there are no lumps. As far as baking temperature and time, that is something you will want to keep a close eye on. If you happen to have any hot spots in your oven you may want to turn the cake halfway through baking.

The crust should be golden, not burnt. This means that 325°F is the highest you should go, but the length of baking might be longer. It took me listening to my grandma talk about a “true” pound cake for me to understand that a dark golden crust was the GOAL. I had always believed that the outside should not be dark at all, but this is not the case! There is an amazing flavor is those beautiful crust edges and something that a real pound cake definitely needs.

Strawberry Sauce Being Poured onto a Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

How to Make the Strawberry Sauce

The strawberry sauce is important for all that strawberry flavor to get into each bite of this pound cake. While the pound cake is cooling to room temperature, prepare the sauce.

  • First, in a medium saucepan, heat up the sugar and water over medium heat. Whisk frequently for 8-10 minutes as the mixture comes to a low boil. Dissolve the sugar completely.
  • Next, pour in the pureed strawberries and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the saucepan and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, continuing to whisk frequently.
  • With a fork, poke the pound cake, breaking up the bottom crust.
  • Finally, pour 1 cup of the strawberry sauce over the broken pound cake. Reserve the second cup of sauce for the frosting. Let the cake cool to room temperature before you add the frosting.

How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

The final piece of this recipe to really pull it all together is the strawberry cream cheese frosting. It’s the ‘icing on the cake’ if you will😉. To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and the reserved cup of the strawberry sauce. Carefully flip over the pound cake onto a serving platter and pour the strawberry sauce on top. Top it with the rest of the fresh strawberries and serve it warm. Get ready for all the compliments you will be receiving after your guests take just one bite of this perfect dessert. Oh, and you should probably have some copies of the recipe handy because those will be requested!

Slice of Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake on a White Plate with Bite Missing


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4.88 from 8 votes
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins

Seriously one of the best cakes you will ever try... delicate crumb with smooth cream cheese flavor, filled and topped with sweet strawberry goodness!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pound cake, Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 740 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke -
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • cup water
  • 1 cup strawberries, pureed
  • 4 ounces Challenge cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons or 57g) Challenge butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a large bundt pan with butter and flour or by spraying with non-stick spray. (My 10-inch bundt pan is 3 inches deep. There should be at least 1 1/2 inches between the height of the batter and the top edge of the pan.)

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth, about 3 minutes. (Can also use a hand-held mixer.)

  3. Add sugar gradually and beat until lighter and fluffier.

  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition.

  5. Add in the vanilla.

  6. Add the flour all at once and mix until just combined.
  7. With the mixer on low, add in buttermilk and mix until just incorporated.

  8. Remove bowl from stand mixer and scrape with a rubber spatula to get every last bit of ingredient incorporated.

  9. Fold in 1 cup of the diced strawberries.

  10. Pour into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour - 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check for doneness at 1 hour. (A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out with a few crumbs but no wet batter when the cake is done. The crust will be a dark golden brown around the edges and lighter in the center.)

  11. Set cake on a cooling rack (still in the pan) to cool slightly while strawberry sauce is prepared.

  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add sugar and water. Whisk frequently and bring the mixture to a low boil (8-10 minutes).

  2. Add pureed strawberries and reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, whisking occasionally.

  3. Remove from heat.

  4. Using a fork, poke the warm pound cake and break up the bottom crust. Do this all over the exposed cake.

  5. Pour 1 cup of the strawberry syrup over the broken cake. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature. While the cake cools, prepare the strawberry cream cheese frosting.

  1. In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and 1 cup of the strawberry syrup.

  2. Carefully flip the cake onto a serving platter.

  3. Pour strawberry topping over the top of the cake

  4. Top with remaining diced strawberries

  5. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*This cake is best served warm, but should not be hot when you remove it from the pan or it could break.

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  • Pam says:

    I could go for this right now. A big piece. This looks awesome. Another recipe I have to make. Thanks again for an awesome recipe ❤️❤️

  • Rebecca says:

    Can you use all purpose flour

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Nope, just cake flour.

  • Sheila says:

    It looks very good. Where did you get the Challenge butter and cheese from?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Walmart! 🙂

  • Phyllis Farrell says:

    Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake
    Cheese cake
    Lemon Raspberry pound cake
    It some other recipes that I would like to have but, my internet is very bad. If I have missed any please share what you have.. My husband LOVE Chocolate on Chocolate Pound Cake with Creamy Chocolate Icing.. Thank you ❤️

  • grace epping says:

    I made this yesterday, turned out amazing, my husband said it was the best cake he had ever had! I loved that the frosting tasted so delicious without being too sweet. My son had some for breakfast, because he was sure you could classify it as fruit! Lol, thanks for the great recipe

  • Dee AMBROSE-STAHL says:

    The ingredient list for the icing doesn’t show strawberry puree, but the instructions do???

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      It says 1 cup strawberries, pureed

  • Mary David says:

    Hi my name is Mary David and would like to have the recipe of the lemon meringue tart
    Thank you

  • Aleida Oehlke says:

    What part of MN are you from? My husband was raised on a farm close to the Mayo Clinic. This recipe plus others you listed I know will be my go to recipes for company. I’m so glad I found your posts.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Aleida- we are north of the twin cities. 🙂 Happy to have you and your hubby along on our recipe journey! 🙂

  • barbara says:

    love all your recipies

  • Joel E Williams says:

    I am Baker #bossman 13 I have the sourdough bread working be ready to bake tomorrow morning then I’m going to tackle this strawberry cream cheese pound cake it looks delicious can’t wait to try it.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Look at you go #bossman!! Love it!

  • Frank Turban says:

    #iambaker I just now made the strawberry cream cheese pound cake. The recipe was right on and it is now cooking. For us older people I am making just the cake with strawberry’s on top.

  • Priscilla Marciacq says:

    It was delicious but the cream cheese frosting was not consistent as the photo shown 🙁
    Hello from Republic of Panama!

  • Sylvia says:

    The recipe says to pour the syrup on the bottom, while the cake is still in the bundt pan. How long do you wait to flip it? I’ve always flipped while the cake was still warm– otherwise the cake sticks in the pan. It sounds like you allow the cake to cool completely before you flip, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding. Thank you! It looks so good.

  • Maggie says:

    All the recipes I have tried have been vert good . Thank you!

  • irene macres says:

    I look forward to making your strawberry pound cake – looks amazing. Look forward to seeing more of your recipes.

  • Carmen says:

    does cake flour have salt and baking soda?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Carmen! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Cake flour does not contain a leavening agent (unless specified) or salt. It does contain less protein than all-purpose flour (6%-8% compared to 10%-12%). I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Sandra Roberts says:

    Hi we don’t have Challenge cream cheese or butter here where I live in Canada… Is there a substitution? Where did you buy yours?


    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You can use whatever butter you have available.

  • Donna says:

    I made this cake today. I put in some frozen plums and blueberries in the middle. I have it in the oven right now. I am also baking it 1 hour.

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