cream cheese pound cake



Recipe can be found in Nancie McDermott’s book “Southern Cakes.”


  • 8 oz very soft cream cheese
  • 8 oz very soft butter
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs-room temperature
  • 3 cups (12 3/4 oz) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  2. Grease and flour one large (10″) tube pan or two 9″ x 5″ loaf pans
  3. Beat cream cheese and butter in stand mixer for 3 minutes
  4. Slowly add granulated sugar and beat 3-5 additional minutes
  5. Add eggs, one at the time, until well mixed
  6. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt
  7. WIth mixer at slowest speed, add dry mixture gradually to butter/sugar mixture
  8. Add vanilla
  9. Scrape mixer bowl well throughout mixing process.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  11. Original recipe instructed 1 hour 15 minutes baking time (my oven required 1 hour 30 minutes baking time)
  12. Remove cake from oven
  13. Let cool in pan 10 minutes then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely

(@30 minutes out of the oven / slice with serrated knife very slowly / delicious–top of cake is crunchy and center of cake is velvety soft)

chocolate lava cake

chocolate lava cake

The recipe yields four small, though very rich, chocolate lava cakes.  The simple ingredients stir together in minutes.

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12 minutes in the oven


1 minute to cool

flip – dust with powdered sugar – enjoy

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(A special thanks to K, the birthday girl, for mixing, stirring, baking, and flipping the cakes.)



  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted to remove lumps
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 T all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Melt chocolate chips and butter together slowly in microwave; remove bowl from microwave
  3. Stir in the sifted powdered sugar
  4. Stir in the eggs
  5. Add flour and stir to remove any lumps
  6. Add vanilla
  7. Divide batter evenly between 4 small oven safe dishes that have been generously buttered along sides and bottom to prevent sticking
  8. Place on baking tray.
  9. Bake 12 minutes; the chocolate lava cakes will appear wet in the center when removed from the oven
  10. Allow to cool 1-2 minutes, then flip onto serving plate
  11. Garnish with fruit, sifted powdered sugar, and / or chocolate syrup

(Thanks for inspiration from bloggers who have posted similar recipes.)

one serving chocolate chip dessert

..when you just Need a few bites of something sweet…

single serving chocolate chip dessert

One Serving Baked Chocolate Chip Dessert

(adapted from


  • 2T butter, melted
  • 1T granulated sugar
  • 1T dark brown sugar
  • splash of vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 4T all purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2T chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Melt butter in microwave safe dish
  3. Remove from microwave and stir in granulated sugar and dark brown sugar
  4. Add vanilla and salt
  5. Stir in flour and soda; the mixture will be thick
  6. Stir in chocolate chips
  7. Spoon into an oven safe, single serving dish; it’s not necessary to grease the dish
  8. Bake for 14-15 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes

You could drizzle with chocolate syrup or caramel sauce or top with a scoop of ice cream….



(Hipstamatic photos)