A VERY BERRY POUNDCAKE – another adventure in baking

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“A party without cake is just a meeting.” Julia Child

Hi there,

Things have been more than usually hectice at the Laganella household and I didn’t have anything prepared to share with you for your July 4 celebration.

But I think that you might enjoy whipping up this total definition of Americana cooking – pound cake. This cake is delicious made plain but the addition of the fruit to the batter takes it to a heavenly level of taste and with the colors makes it a fitting ending to a July 4 feast.

Time to put on your apron –



  1. Three sticks of unsalted butter
  2. 8-ounce block of full-fat cream cheese
  3. 2 and 1/2 cups of sugar
  4. 1/3 cup of creme freche
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of mace
  6. Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
  7. Six large eggs
  8. 3 cups of cake flour
  9. 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  10. 1 and 1/2 cups of mixed berries


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a 12-cup bundt pan with butter or spray
  2. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth
  3. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and completely combined
  4. Add the sugar, mace, vanilla, and creme fraiche and beat until combined
  5. Add the eggs one at a time
  6. Add the cake flour, and baking powder and beat until just combined
  7. Pour half the batter into the pan
  8. Toss the berries with flour and evenly distribute over the batter
  9. Cover with the remaining batter
  10. Tent the pan with foil
  11. Bake for 75 to 95 minutes. Check after 75 minutes
  12. When a toothpick

I know this isn’t exactly a healthy recipe. Although, I do feel the fruit redeems it. Slice it into small pieces and enjoy. As May West said, ” Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

48 responses to “A VERY BERRY POUNDCAKE – another adventure in baking”

  1. V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
    V.M.Sang says:

    Ooh! What a wonderful, indulgent cake. Just right for a party or family get-together.

  2. CARAMELODY – My stories are generally short and sweet, easy to read….not supposed to challenge anyone mentally. Just a few minutes diversion. You might relate to Caramel. You might think she is daft. She is learning with every story. Then there is the story of how Caramel was crushed. It will be delicately told. Mostly you will have a site full of life and joy. I don't have a camera. I have a tablet (which I won as a prize for passing a test at work) and that has a little camera thingy on it. I have tried to take photos and load them onto my lap-top, but there is something wrong with my tablet. It only lets me take one photo at a time. I have to bluetooth it and then delete it before I can take the next one. Nightmare! Anyway, I bring up the subject because very few of the pictures in the posts I publish were taken by me. They are from Pixabay and Shutterstock etc. They are not my "work". Then again I don't consider my posts work as such. It's just me waffling away, the same way as I would write a letter to my loved ones, about my life mostly. If dread the thought of upsetting anyone by sharing personal posts on WordPress and decorating them with what appear to be free images from these image sites. If I have unintentionally used something that someone recognizes and feels they should have been given credit or the image not be used at all. Please leave a comment on my post and I will correct it. The pictures I use are only used to decorate my waffley posts and make it more bearable for the 20-30 who seem to regularly view or like my posts (I don't know how many actually read them). I would never claim they are mine or my work. I make no money at all from blogging. Neither am I doing this to attain credit or recognition. I have just found it helpful to write about "stuff". It's a huge bonus that other bloggers have been so friendly and left kind comments. But please please let me know if I have broken blogging etiquette. I don't want to sour anyone else's blogging experience.
    CARAMELODY says:

    That looks delicious Bernadette!

  3. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    This looks fabulous! I am drooling as I read. (not a nice look, sorry) The fruit makes it all worthwhile.

  4. The bundt cake looks absolutely stunning with that beautiful form and all the fresh berries!

  5. Looks absolutely delicious! With the price of eggs right now, the six eggs almost made me fall out of my chair. Just kidding. I can tell by the ingredients that this would be one special cake, fruit or no fruit. 🙂

  6. encuisineavecpela – Bienvenue dans ma cuisine ! En cuisine avec Péla, c’est avant tout l’histoire d’une passionnée de pâtisserie, d’une mère, d’une femme ou d’une amie qui adore crée du bonheur avec ses recettes.
    encuisineavecpela says:

    Beautiful ❤️

  7. Belinda G Buchanan Author – I am an author of edgy, women's fiction (yes, that means what you're thinking) and mystery novels. The characters that I write about are not perfect. They are far from it, actually. Even heroes have a chink in their armor. It's what makes them human. My stories are filled with emotion, intimacy, drama, and hope. If you like these things and don't mind a few racy scenes or a sprinkling of profanity here and there, then my books are for you. I have written four novels: "After All Is Said And Done", "The Monster of Silver Creek", "Seasons of Darkness", and the recently released "Tragedy at Silver Creek". I currently reside in the bluegrass state with my wonderful husband, who tirelessly puts up with me talking about my characters as if they were a part our family, and two sons. Also residing with us is a menagerie of animals that includes two persnickety cats, a hamster, and one dog that thinks he's a person.
    Belinda G Buchanan Author says:

    This looks delicious! We woke up to an inch of ice on our roads this morning, but the first chance I have to get to the store, I will be getting the ingredients for this. I can’t wait to try it! Thank you, Bernadette!!!

  8. The cake looks amazing. Totally agree with the quote!

  9. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    This cake with berries looks very mouthwatering!

  10. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    So beautiful! A sensational spiral of sweet!

  11. D. Wallace Peach – 30 Miles beyond the edge of civilization, Oregon – I'm an adventurer in writing, peering under rocks in my garden for secret magic. I can't stop writing. My stories want to explode from my head. They demand my attention and surge from my fingertips faster than I can put them to paper. I love what I do.
    D. Wallace Peach says:

    I love the Julia Child quote, Bernadette, and the Mae West quote. The recipe looks amazing. No wonder Maya is drooling. And I loved how a little fruit redeems the indulgent recipe. I’ll have to add a few blue berries to my french fries. Lol. Thanks for the beautiful recipe!

  12. Hi Bernadette, this looks amazing and sounds really delicious. I’ve picked my recipe from our recipe book and am making it on Saturday. I’ll then send you my review and the recipe I chose with pictures.

  13. Yum, yum, yum! You had me at berries, Bernadette. I’m not sure how my box mix brownie recipe falls into any category next to this pretty pound cake, but thanks for the shout out! 😂

  14. Berry, berry, indeed!

  15. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    What a beautiful cake! The cream cheese must make it wonderful!

  16. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    Hi, Bernadette – Maya was right! That cake looks absolutely amazing. For me, it’s less of a question of calories — but is it worth the calories? Your cake looks worth it x 100!!

  17. I love the addition of cream cheese and the berries in the middle! And it looks stunning! Congratulations Bernadette! 🤩☺️

  18. Christie C. – United States – I love to share delicious food, artistic creations, gardening endeavors, and other adventures inspired by traditional skills and crafts. New posts on my blog Homestyle Alchemy every week.
    Christie C. says:

    Who needs healthy? 🤪 Wonderful cake! Crème fraiche is such an underrated ingredient and I never thought to use mace in a pound cake. Now it’s time to make this!

  19. Looks delicious and I feel better knowing there’s not a full pound of butter in it 😊

  20. A stupendous presentation for a pound cake (mine would have been in a plain ole loaf tin!). I love the shape of your bundt tin. I have been looking out for recipes suitable to use my bundt tin (new-ish) so I will earmark yours! Thank you!

  21. The bundt pound cake with fruit sounds like it is as special as it looks.

  22. A perfect 4th of July cake! I love this recipe and pan. I have a pan with four mini designs like this in it.

  23. CarolCooks2 – Udon Thani – Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them. I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling. Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing. This is now taking me into other areas like deforestation, chemicals and preservatives in the food chain. Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
    CarolCooks2 says:

    Well I’m too late for the 4th July but you can eat cakeanytime..Right? It looks delicious and it has fruit 🙂

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