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White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

If you’re a fan of pound cake this White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake is a must make. The batter is filled with white chocolate chips and sweet maraschino cherries all baked in a creamy homemade batter. The top is drizzled with a pink cherry glaze to seal the deal.

White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Easy White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe

I unapologetically love rich buttery pound cake in any flavor.  From a classic vanilla pound cake, to lemon pound cake,  a summer strawberry cake or glorious coconut cream pound cake.  In my world, there’s just no wrong flavor. Pound cakes freeze well and depending on the flavor can be transformed into trifles or provide the base for an ice cream sundae or strawberry shortcake in a pinch. How to make White Chocolate Cherry Pound Cake from scratch:

  • Flour – All purpose flour sifted with baking powder and salt.
  • Butter – Softened salted butter.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar.
  • Cream Cheese – One block of softened plain cream cheese.
  • Extracts – Vanilla extract and almond extract.
  • Eggs – 6 large eggs.
  • Cherries – One 16 ounce jar of maraschino cherries. They should be drained, reserve the juice for the flaze. You’ll also need additional maraschino cherries for garnishing.
  • Chocolate – White chocolate baking chips.
  • Pink food coloring.
  • Glaze – Powdered sugar, reserved maraschino cherry juice and heavy cream.
  • Garnish- Whipped cream and maraschino cherries with stems for garnishing. You can use Cool Whip or fresh sweetened whipped cream.
White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

How Do you Make the Best White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe

This version ranks near the top of my pound cake all-stars due to the combination of maraschino cherries and white chocolate. They compliment one another so well.

  • Kitchen tools you’ll need to make Cherry Pound Cake: A stand mixer or a hand mixer, large mixing bowl, medium bowl, whisk, measuring cups and spoons, an angel food pan (tube pan), sharp knife and cutting board, cooling rack and rubber spatula.
  • Pound cakes are dense by their very nature. This cake does have a small amount of leavening along with the eggs to add a lightness to the dense batter. That’s not necessarily typical of Southern pound cakes some are made with eggs alone.
  • When tinting the batter, you can make it as pink as you like by adjusting the amount of food coloring you add to the batter. It doesn’t effect the taste of course, so if you prefer it could also be left out altogether.
  • For me, it’s all about showing the love and I never grow tired of the reaction you get from people when you cut into a pink tinted cake. It makes this beauty incredibly fun to make and serve.
  • The glaze is made with the juice from the cherries mixed with powdered sugar. To tint, add a few drops of pink food coloring. Repeat the process adding more or less, until the color suits your fancy.
  • Store glazed White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • You can freeze this pound cake for up to 3 months.
White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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Cake for dessert is a no brainer, right? If you’d like to try your hand at perfecting Southern pound cakes, I’ve got you covered! More of my fabulous pound cake recipes you may also like to try:

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White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 45 minutes
Cooling time4 hours
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: white-chocolate-cherry-cream-cheese-pound-cake
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • Cake:
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 16 oz jar maraschino cherries, well drained, reserve juice
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • Pink food coloring
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Reserved cherry juice
  • Garnishes:
  • 16 maraschino cherries with stems
  • Whipped cream for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter and flour a tube pan with a removable bottom or spray liberally with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer on medium-high cream together the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Gradually add the sugar beating for 2 minutes until fully combined.
  • Lower the speed of the mixer and add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Beat until the ingredients are fully incorporated, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Add a few drops of food coloring. (There’s no wrong amount add until your desired color depth is reached)
  • Roughly chop the maraschino cherries. Mix into the batter by hand along with the white chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 1 hr 30- 1 hr 45 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes back clean. Check at 1 hr 15 minutes and lay a piece of aluminum foil on top to prevent over browning, if needed.
  • Cool on a cooling rack in the pan for 20 minutes then remove the outer ring. Cool completely.
  • To glaze: Mix together 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp heavy cream and 1 Tbsp reserved cherry juice. Stir until smooth. Add additional juice 1 tsp at a time until drizzling consistency. Add 2 drops of food coloring, more or less to your preference. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries just before serving.
  • May be stored tightly covered chilled or at room temperature.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. You can bake this cake in loaf pans. Baking time would depend on the size of the pans. Using standard size pans, check at 40-45 minutes and adjust from there.

    1. Most cakes can be made in various shapes and this one is no different. That said, this is a pound cake batter and will require you to tweak the bake time when making in smaller amounts.

  1. 3 stars
    I don’t understand. I baked in a tubular bunds
    Pan, but all the chopped cherries and chips
    Sank to the bottom (top) when baked

    1. Were the cherries drained well? Mixing through thoroughly is key. You can try tossing with a small amount of flour before adding to the batter but, if mixed through it should be fine I’ve never had to do that with this cake.

  2. Hi Melissa,
    I want to try this Pound Cake but I’m so afraid of not liking all those cherries? Can less cherries go in? I like a nice moist pound cake but i’m Not certain about these cherries. I’m excited about trying your eggnog & chocolate chip pound cakes. Will let you know how those came out as well as share. Yes you have great recipes that I share. The best to you always. Thank you.

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