Blueberry & strawberry cream cheese pound cake

Blueberry & strawberry cream cheese pound cake

This is a variation of my previous recipe which involves some tweaks to the baking method, timing and such. This time, the cake turned out amazingly moist and fluffy, thanks to moving the trays between the lower and upper levels of the oven. The berries gives it a “fresh” feel and taste, making it great for breakfast or tea!

Blueberry & strawberry cream cheese pound cake
Adapted from my own recipe and the Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe here

Ingredients

170 gms unsalted butter, at room temperature
125 gms cream cheese, at room temperature
Slightly less than 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Fresh blueberries (whole) & strawberries (roughly diced) – about 100-150gms

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a 7 inch round pan with baking paper. Alternately, you can use a loaf pan.
  2. Remove three eggs from the fridge and place aside – eggs should be used at room temperature and not fresh out of the fridge. Do the same with the butter and cream cheese – they should be slightly soft to the touch when ready.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and sugar on medium speed until smooth or for 5 minutes before adding in the eggs one by one. Mix well.
  5. Gradually add in the flour and half of the fruit mix – if you can, mix by hand to avoid gluten formation. This will give you a nice fluffy cake.
  6. When ready, pour the batter into the pan and lightly shake it to even out the top. Sprinkle the remaining fruit over the top and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes (first 35 minutes in the center, next 10-15 minutes in a lower rack and then the remaining time in the center again) or until the top is golden brown and the insides cooked – test using a toothpick (it should come out clean if cooked).
  7. Serve as is warm or with some coffee/tea. Freeze the remaining leftovers and if need, rebake covered to warm up or warm up in the microwave (in a microwaveable container).

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