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)

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)

Milky Way Candy Bar Cake

This is and has been THE family tradition cake for at least 45 years.

Mama began baking this cake for our family when my brothers and I were children. (Notice Mama’s cake pans in the picture.)

Five plus pounds of rich, chocolate cake.  Slice the servings very, very thin.

Pretty icing on the top of the cake.

(iPhone images)