Buttermilk Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Buttermilk Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze by SimplyGloria.com

I’m sure after indulging in all the chocolate candy eggs this past week, I know you’re ready for some cake!  But not just any cake…pound cake made with buttermilk!  And, with whipped cream cheese glaze poured on top!

Buttermilk Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Icing - SimplyGloria.com

I don’t think I need to convince you of how intensely moist this is…because the buttermilk explains it all!  Baking with buttermilk is like magic.  I love it!

You’ll be amazed at how simple you can make this fancy, dancy Buttermilk Pound Cake from scratch.  The longest part is just waiting for it to come out of the oven!  Then you get to pour over the Cream Cheese Glaze.  And indulge in super heaven!

It’s all about beating the sugar and butter for a while.  It gives the airy-ness in the cake.

Cream butter and sugar for 8 min

Beat the sugar and 1 and a half cubes of butter for 8 minutes on medium speed.  While it’s beating and doing it’s own thing, start getting your dry and wet ingredients together.


Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  (I like to use Kosher salt when baking.)


In a measuring cup, pour in 1 cup of buttermilk.  Stir in the vanilla.


Whisk 3 large eggs into the buttermilk and vanilla.

When the 8 full minutes are up.  Scrape down the sides of the fluffy butter and sugar.


Turn your mixer on low.  Start pouring in slowly, the wet and dry ingredients into the butter and sugar.  Once all is in the bowl– turn off mixer and scrape down the sides.  Turn mixer on one more time on low just long enough to make sure all the ingredients are all mingling together.  **Do not over mix.

Prepare a loaf pan to bake this amazing pound cake…ButtermilkPoundCake

1} Butter your loaf pan with about 2 tablespoons of butter.  2}  Add 1 tablespoon of flour to “dust” the butter in the loaf pan.  Dump out any excess flour.  3}  Pour all of the batter into the pan.  4}  Now spread the batter evenly.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.

While your pound cake is busy doing its thing in the oven, start preparing the Cream Cheese Glaze.


 Add 1 and a half teaspoons of vanilla into a 1/4 cup of evaporated milk, set aside.  (Don’t get it mixed up with sweetened condensed milk…evaporated is the other can.)


Mix together a package of (room temperature) cream cheese and powdered sugar.


While mixing, slowly pour in the milk and vanilla into the cream cheese mixture.  The consistency should be thin, but creamy.  Cover and set aside.

 Test the pound cake with a toothpick when the timer goes off.  If the toothpick comes out with a few crumbs on it, the cake is done.  Let it cool for about 20 minutes.  Then slide a small knife along the pan and cake to loosen it from the sides.

Buttermilk Pound Cake & Cream Cheese Icing

Set the cake onto a plate and drizzle over the cream cheese glaze.  Spread the glaze on top with the back of a spoon to get a smoother look, if needed.

Buttermilk Pound Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

No more wasting time resisting the taste of an ever-so tender buttermilk pound cake!

Buttermilk Pound Cake

Enjoy, my friends!

Buttermilk Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Store cake in a covered container for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Take out to room temperature before serving.
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  1. 12 tablespoons of butter, plus 2 tablespoons (for pan)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup buttermilk
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 2 cups of all purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon (for pan)
  7. 1 and a half teaspoons baking powder
  8. ½ teaspoon of salt
  9. Cream Cheese Glaze
  10. 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  11. 1 and a half cups powdered sugar
  12. ¼ cup of evaporated milk
  13. 1 and a half teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together butter and sugar for 8 minutes in a mixer.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a glass measuring cup, pour in buttermilk.
  5. Stir in the vanilla and eggs into the buttermilk.
  6. Turn mixer on low. Start slowly pouring (separately) in the wet and dry ingredients into the butter and sugar.
  7. Turn off mixer and scrape down the sides.
  8. Turn mixer on one more time– on low, just long enough to make sure all the ingredients are all mingling together.
  9. **Do not over mix.
  10. Butter your loaf pan with about 2 tablespoons of butter.
  11. Add 1 tablespoon of flour to “dust” the butter in the loaf pan.
  12. Dump out any excess flour.
  13. Pour all of the batter into the pan, spread evenly.
  14. Bake for 60 minutes.
  15. Test the cake with a toothpick before pulling out. (A few crumbs on it is perfect!)
  16. Cream Cheese Glaze
  17. Add 1 and a half teaspoons of vanilla into a ¼ cup of evaporated milk. Set aside.
  18. Mix together the cream cheese and powdered sugar with a mixer.
  19. While mixing, slowly pour in the milk and vanilla into the cream cheese mixture. The consistency should be thin, but creamy.
  20. Drizzle onto cake.
  1. Recipe slightly adapted from: Martha Stewart
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  1. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing, Gloria! I think I could eat that icing right from a bowl! Pinned to my food board!
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  2. Pinned faster than you can say…I want this!! I love buttermilk in recipes and as you said, can do no wrong in baking! And a Martha S. recipe AND the cream cheese glaze, this has it all going. And a simple batter to whip up. Awesome!
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  3. This cake looks wonderful!

  4. That looks delicious. I love pound cake. Yum! Your photos are gorgeous too!
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  5. Wow! The cake looks divine. Your blog is filled with sweet things I love. Glad to have chanced upon your space:-)
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  6. This looks delicious! Buttermilk always makes everything so wonderfully moist! I am pinning this & I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing:)
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    • Shannon, I remember when I was young and my mother baked with buttermilk… I thought it was strange. Didn’t really understand it. But now it’s a must to have in my fridge ALL the time! Thanks for popping over!

  7. Oh. My. Word. This sounds absolutely amazing!!! And the cream cheese glaze on top!?! Mouth watering!!!
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  8. I love your blog, so congratulations – I nominated you for a Liebster Award! If you would like more information here is the link: http://www.nightowlcorner.com/2013/04/liebster-award_5.html


  9. This looks so so so so so good Gloria!!!!! I honestly can’t get over it. I’m actually drooling. Pinning this! you have the best recipes!
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  10. I would love any kind of pound cake that has cream cheese glaze! This one looks so moist and tasty! :)
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  11. It looks divine! I love buttermilk in baked things…it adds that extra little tang that is so yummy. I’m pinning this to try later. Can’t wait!
    I would love if you would share this at my link party. http://www.realcoake.com/2013/04/real-family-fun-8.html
    Take care,
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  12. This looks delicious! I would love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects link party! http://www.atkinsondrive.com/pinworthy-projects-party-week-14/
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  13. I am drooling all over my computer! This looks so delicious and I love recipes that use buttermilk. I will definitely be trying this one out!

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  14. This looks awesome—thanks! I’m sharing my Fresh Strawberry Cream Torte today for my Homemaking Linkup. I hope you’ll join us if you haven’t already!

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  15. This looks fantastic as always Gloria! Thanks for sharing with us at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays.
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  16. Hi…the cake looks smazing and I would lke to try it. For the glaze – what is the measurement for the powdered sugar as it is not very clear. Thank you!

  17. This looks so delicious! I’m so glad I found your blog site! Love it! Everything looks so scrumptious!
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  18. Made this last night. It was so moist and delicious. Very easy to put together. Great recipe. It’s a keeper!

  19. Hi! I would love to make this but, only have about 5 ounces of Cream Cheese. Can it be made with less and would I have to add something in its place? Thanks so much!!!!

    • Anne, did you end up making this recipe this weekend? Using that much cream cheese is totally fine. Just use about 1 cup of the powdered sugar and less of the evaporated can milk. And, it’ll be just okay. Thank you for your question. Sorry I didn’t get to you earlier…. was away all weekend. But, feel free to ask any thing else in the future! Have a great Monday!

  20. High disappointed that the printable instructions did not state when to add the eggs and so, I didn’t! Didn’t realized until after 45 minutes of baking that the eggs never went in, so I just wasted a whole bunch of ingredients. I never bake, I was just making this as a thank you for someone, so those numbered instructions are what I live off of for recipes. You should fix that before someone else who likes to “print and go” runs into the same irritation.

  21. Gloria, I would like to try your buttermilk pound cake recipe with cream cheese glaze; however, I prefer to make pound cakes in a bundt pan. Will this work well with your recipe? Do I need to increase any quantities, cooking temperature &/or baking time for a good bundt pan size pound cake?


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