The Bon Appétit Project: Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Have you noticed that desserts around the interwebs have gotten increasingly…complicated…in recent times?
It seems like every food blogger is out there hawking some new cake/cookie/brownie/bar that contains fruit loops and pretzels and potato chips and cookie dough and chocolate chips and caramel sauce and brownie batter and oreos and sprinkles. ALL. IN. ONE. DESSERT.
Don’t get me wrong—these desserts usually look pretty awesome. And you bet your sweet ass I’d probably eat seven in one sitting if I ever encountered them in real life. But there’s a classiness, a demure refinement, in which these desserts seem a bit, well, lacking.
But the pound cake? Ah, the simple pound cake. The pound cake is the Grace Kelly of the dessert world. And those “HEY!! HEY, LOOK AT ME!!! I’M A FUNFETTI CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH BROWNIE CAKE!!!” desserts? Well, I kind of see them as Snooki.
Sure, there’s a time and place for both. But Grace Kelly remains timeless, whereas I kinda think Snooki’s days are numbered.
I knew immediately that I wanted to include this pound cake (recipe via Bon Appétit) in the project Bon Appétit lineup. Maybe it’s Pinterest fatigue, but all those crazy desserts had me longing for something a little more modest.
This cake is simple. It’s classic. And it’s damn tasty, with a nice hint of citrus. The cream cheese kept it super moist, and without the glaze (I chose to leave it off), it held the perfect amount of sweetness.
This is a cake fit for a princess. If Kate Middleton ever stops by my house to talk about how she gets her hair so perfectly curled, I’ll serve this.
That being said, if Prince Harry stops by to drop trou, I’ll probably go with the Fruit Loop cookie dough oreo sour cream and onion bars. They seem right up his alley.