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Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake

4.8 from 49 votes
My Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe takes all the perks from both coconut and cream cheese and gives you the perfect flavor, moistness, and texture in a cake.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Sweet, simple, and chock full of coconut flavor, this coconut cream cheese pound cake is mind-blowing! I know, no one usually calls a pound cake mind-blowing. Usually, they’re “good,” maybe second-serving worthy, but mind-blowing?

YES! My homemade coconut cream cheese pound cake recipe is dense, moist, and buttery. The cream cheese makes sure that it isn’t too buttery, adds a nice little tang, and helps keep the cake moist. 

But my favorite part of this recipe is the texture. It’s different from a typical pound cake because of the shredded coconut throughout. It really changes the game when it comes to pound cakes! Changing up a recipe that’s been around since the 1700s? I call that a win!

This recipe makes a large cake, so please don’t be alarmed by the amount of sugar! It’s a cake to share! And if you’re looking for more pound cake, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with my Sour Cream Pound Cake, Vanilla Pound Cake with Lots of Sprinkles, and Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake recipes

What Is Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake?

Coconut cream cheese pound cake is a pound cake that’s simply made with cream cheese, coconut extract, and unsweetened shredded coconut, all to add flavor, moistness, and texture. 

Did you know pound cake got its name because it was originally made with one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour? That’s a pretty simple recipe—and had to have been a HUGE cake! 

My Coconut Cream Cheese Pound cake on a platter next to a slice on a plate with fresh cream.

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How To Make Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This is a great recipe to whip up when you need a quick, easy dessert to impress. Especially if you love coconut! Here is how you make it (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Butter and flour your bundt pan and set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until it is light and fluffy, which should take about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut extract and vanilla extract, then the eggs, one at a time, until it is all fully incorporated.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Then, fold in the shredded coconut.
  5. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and spread it evenly. Bake the pound cake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. It’s a big cake, so it will take some time to bake! 
  6. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. (Or check out my tips for other delicious topping options!)

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake

  • Be sure to butter and flour your bundt pan very well so the cake releases easily.
  • Whenever you make cakes, it’s always best to have all the ingredients at room temperature. It makes for the most even mixing and yields the best rise. 
  • A simple dusting of powdered sugar always works nicely with pound cake, but you can also make a coconut glaze! Mix 1 cup (4oz/115g) of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract. Drizzle on top and add extra coconut shreds while still wet.
  • Serve this with whipped cream and diced, fresh pineapple and mango for a tropical getaway in dessert form!
  • Make a Bounty Bar-inspired cake by generously drizzling the pound cake with homemade chocolate ganache
  • You can even make your own Homemade Cream Cheese with my recipe.

A close up of a slice of Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

How Do I Store Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake?

Leftover pound cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this cake for up to 2 months! 

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe

4.8 from 49 votes
My Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe takes all the perks from both coconut and cream cheese and gives you the perfect flavor, moistness, and texture in a cake.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 16 people
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
My Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe takes all the perks from both coconut and cream cheese and gives you the perfect flavor, moistness, and texture in a cake.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 16 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) butter (softened)
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 cups (24oz/675g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 6 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 cups (15oz/426g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups (4½oz/128g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Powdered sugar (for serving)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) and butter and flour a large, 12-cup bundt pan.
  • With an electric mixer beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add the coconut extract and vanilla extract, and then the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda and gradually stir into the butter mixture.
  • Finally, fold in the coconut, and then spread evenly into your prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 1 ½ hours, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. This is a very large cake and does take some time to bake.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

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Del Howard
7 months ago

I love coconut and I love pound cake. This cake is absolutely delicious. Instead of the powder sugar, I dust the inside of my Bundt pan with granulated sugar after I spray my pan with Baker’s Joy. It gives the cake a lovely crunchy sugary coating that compliments the moistness of the cake.

Stephanie Alyssa
Stephanie Alyssa
7 months ago

This recipe looks so good and easy to make, Miss Gemma! I can’t wait to make this on the next weekend 😍

Pauline
7 months ago

How do you measure a twelve cup pan?

Lark
Lark
7 months ago

Gemma, you always have wonderful recipes. I would really appreciate it if you could also give us the nutrition facts.

Nitya M
2 months ago

Would the consistency get severely affected if I avoid the coconut completely to make a vanilla cream cheese pound cake?

Sydney
4 months ago

Hi Gemma! Can I make this in a normal cake pan? If so, how many cakes would it make? 2 9-inch cakes? 3 8-inch cakes? I hope I’m not too late in requesting advice!

Melani Mathew
4 months ago

Hi gemma! i love this pound cake recipe, first time i tried a pound cake and i loved it. Its rich,moist and addictive. Definitely a winner, just wanted to say thanks for creating such a lovely cake recipe

Aimen Sheikh
Aimen Sheikh
5 months ago

What if i don’t add cream cheese?

Julie
Julie
6 months ago

This is delicious – unfortunately I baked too long (forgot to check before 1.5 hours) and was a little dry, but will definitely make this again. Maybe an hour and 15?

Sanchita
6 months ago

Can you please tell the egg substitute please

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