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Bundt Cake_Rage Baking Book

Courtesy of Rage Baking

Lemon Cream Cheese "Pound" Cake by Elle Simone Scott

A recipe by Elle Simone Scott ( of PBS’s America’s Test Kitchen as well as culinary mentor and activist) taken from "Rage Baking" by authors Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford. 


25 March, 2020
Average: 2.5 (21 votes)

serves for



For the Cake
All purpose flour
3 cups (360 grams) - plus more for dusting
3 cups
baking powder
11/2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon
Lemon zest
2 teaspoons
Cream cheese
8 ounces
3 sticks (Unsalted) quartered, at room temperature, plus more for buttering
Vanilla pods
11/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
6 large eggs, at room temperature and lightly beaten
Lemon juice
2 tablespoons
For the Glaze
Icing sugar
11/2 cups of confectioners sugar
Lemon zest
1 teaspoon finely grated
Lemon juice
2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon

Step 01


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F.

Generously brush a 10-inch Bundt pan with butter and dust the bottom and sides with flour until well-coated, then tap out any excess.


Step 02

How to Make the Cake:

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.

Mix in the lemon zest with a fork, breaking up any clumps.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and slightly airy, 2 to 3minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add half the eggs (it may look a little curdled at first, but keep beating), then add the remaining eggs and the lemon juice and beat until well combined and smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches, gently beating until just combined after each addition, scraping down the sides as needed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top using an offset spatula. To release air bubbles, gently tap the pan on the counter.

Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Place a plate over the top of the pan and carefully invert the plate and pan together to turn the cake out onto the plate. Lift the pan and let cool for up to 2 hours.

Step 03

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk together all the glaze ingredients until evenly combined.


Step 04

To assemble:

Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake and let sit for 15minutes before serving.

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