Aunt Paula's Cream Cheese Pound Cake

  • Yield: 8 servings
Save Recipe


Cake ingredients:

2 sticks margarine, softened

1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 2 Tbsp. for melting

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

3 cups sugar

dash of salt

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

6 large eggs

3 cups cake flour

whipped cream, candied citrus peel and fresh mint for garnish 

whipped cream, candied citrus peel and fresh mint for garnish

Bananas with Chocolate Sauce ingredients:

4 Tbsp. butter

1 cup heavy cream

8-ounce bar semi-sweet chocolate

3 bananas

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. (plus a dash) fortified wine


  1. Instructions for cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Cream margarine, butter, and cream cheese, with sugar until fluffy and well combined. Add salt and vanilla, and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and mix well. Pour batter into pan. Place in a cold oven and bake at for 1 1/2 hours, or until done. Check doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean, it's ready. Cool in pan, then turn out and slice into half-inch-thick slices. Preheat grill pan to medium heat. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and brush lightly on both sides of cake slices. Grill cake slices, turning once, until lightly grill-marked and slightly softened, about 2 minutes total.
  3. Instructions for Bananas with Chocolate Sauce:
  4. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour 1 cup heavy cream into another small saucepan and turn on the burner to medium-high. Scald the cream. Break up the semi-sweet chocolate bar into a medium mixing bowl. When the cream is hot, pour it over the chocolate and sets the bowl aside. In a large skillet, melt the other 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Peel 3 bananas, slice them and place in another mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup sugar to the bananas, gently toss them and place them in the buttered skillet. When the bananas are golden-brown, add a dash of fortified wine and cook until it evaporates. Whisk the chocolate cream mixture until smooth, then add 2 tablespoons fortified wine, mixing well.
  5. Assembly:
  6. Put a cake slice on each dessert plate or parfait cup, top with a spoonful of the bananas, and then another cake slice and another spoonful of bananas. Drizzle the top of each dessert with the chocolate wine sauce.
Get the Recipe

Perfect Cranberry Sauce

This ruby-hued sauce is a breeze to make with either fresh or frozen fruit.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Grilled Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze and Grilled Peaches

Pound Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate-Glazed Pound Cake

Gina's Chocolate Pound Cake

Paula's Double Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream

Cookies-and-Cream Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake and Neapolitan Baked Alaska