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Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange

Orange Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Sweet maraschino cherries suspended in a buttery cream cheese batter that’s been infused with orange flavour. A great Christmas cake to make in advance for the holiday freezer.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange

Originally published Nov 2020.

This cream cheese pound cake is another terrific example of how a good basic recipe can be reinvented in as many ways as you like.

The base recipe for this cake came from a family friend decades ago. That Cherry Pecan Cake was a revelation to us at the time.

That’s because it was a departure from the Newfoundland Cherry Cake that we knew and loved all our lives and still do.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange

Deliciously different.

The cake used crunchy pecans and maraschino cherries instead of the usual glacé cherries.

The most delicious difference was the batter which incorporated a whole block of rich cream cheese. It transforms the flavour of the cake and elevates it into something very different and special.

I’ve since used the batter as the base for a Orange Brandy Fruitcake which is a new recipe for the Holiday baking season.

In one of my posts on our Facebook Page, one reader remarked that she was going to try the recipe with just cherries. That sounded like a brilliant idea to me, so I responded that I might have to try that idea myself.


Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, pictured in a glass bowl.

Red Glacé Cherries can be substituted for maraschino cherries in this recipe.

Using what I had on hand.

I had some cream cheese on hand already and Spouse had just bought a big bottle of maraschino cherries from Costco.

So, it didn’t take me long to follow through on the idea of a simple cherry pound cake with orange flavour infused inside.

The cherry and orange flavours go so well with each other and the cream cheese batter keeps this cake exceptionally list and delicious. 

If you’re looking for something a little different than your usual cherry cake this Christmas… (or in addition to it) this one is well worth a try.

I cut mine in 4 pieces and wrapped them in multiple layers of plastic wrap. Then wrap again in aluminum foil, to prevent freezer burn and stuck them in the down stairs freezer.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Try this recipe with seasonal citrus like clementines or tangerines.

This is my approach with many Christmas Cakes, so that you need only thaw a little at a time when you need it.

It also means you can have different kinds of cake readily available without having to thaw them all at once.

If you liked this recipe be sure to check out this amazing recipe Christmas Cakes Collection:

Best Newfoundland Christmas Cake Recipes

Originally published Nov 2016. Updated Nov 2020.

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange
Yield: 20 or more servings.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange - moist & delicious!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Orange Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake - sweet maraschino cherries suspended in a buttery cream cheese batter that's been infused with orange flavour. A great Christmas cake to make in advance for the holiday freezer.


  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup cream cheese, 8 oz
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract, optional
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 2 large oranges, finely minced
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, reserve ¼ cup to dust the cherries at the end
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups well drained maraschino cherries, chopped in half


  1. This cake can bake in a standard bundt pan, an 8-10 cup tube pan or in 2 regular loaf pans. If using a bundt or tube pan, grease it very well and lightly dust with flour. If using loaf pans, lightly grease them and line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Rinse and drain the maraschino cherries well. I drain them on paper towels overnight with the pit holes pointed downward do that no liquid is trapped inside. This may seem like a bit of an effort, but it does make sure that the red maraschino juice does not bleed into the batter and discolour the cake. It makes a nicer presentation when the bright red and orange colours are quite distinct.
  3. When well drained, chop the cherries in half and set aside with the 1/4 cup of flour reserved for them. Don't toss the cherries in the flour until it is time to add them though..

To prepare the cake batter.

  1. Sift together 2 1/4 cups of the flour with the baking powder and set aside.
  2. Cream together the sugar, cream cheese, butter, vanilla and almond extracts for several minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl a couple of times during this process.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for a minute or so between additions. Stir in the orange zest.
  4. Gently fold the flour and baking powder into the creamed mixture until the flour is almost fully incorporated.
  5. At that point toss the cherries in the 1/4 cup of reserved flour and and add them to the batter. Any flour that doesn't stick to the fruit gets added too.
  6. Fold until the flour is fully incorporated and the cherries are evenly dispersed throughout the batter.

To Bake

  1. Bake for about an hour in the loaf pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. The bundt or tube pan may take several minutes more, mine took 1 hr 20 minutes; the loaf pans may need a little less, depending on your oven and the type of pans you are using. Always check your cakes a few minutes ahead of time and then every five minutes thereafter to make sure they do not over bake.
  2. When fully baked, let the cakes rest in the pans for 10-15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 piece cake

Amount Per Serving Calories 290Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 69mgSodium 131mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 1gSugar 25gProtein 3g

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Monday 4th of December 2023

Forgot to include— should be able to easily make 1/2 a recipe ? One loaf pan—right? Thanking you!


Monday 4th of December 2023

‘Shopping’ my cupboards etc —I have a jar of maraschinos. But, does the recipe really need that much sugar? Oh, dear !

Joan Milley

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Hi Barry. LOVE your site. I would check the cookie recipes so often that I finally bought your book. I can’t wait for my Christmas baking. Would it be possible to use glaze cherries instead of maraschino cherries in this recipe? Hubby and I just like them better


Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Questions about ingredients. Salted or unsalted butter? And all purpose flour, or cake and pasty flour?


Sunday 23rd of December 2018

This cake is amazing and so much like the one I remember my mom making. Sadly she has dimentia now so I know I’ll never find out exactly what recipe she used. I don’t think she used four eggs though. I don’t know if Newfoundland ever had a moratorium on eggs but my mother would NEVER use more than two eggs in any recipe. Too wasteful she’d claim. She did use a can of crushed pineapple in hers and no orange zest. Maybe that added enough moisture to do away with at least two of the eggs. Anyway, I’ve been using this site for the snowball recipe for YEARS now so I figured it was time to subscribe and express some gratitude for the lovely recipes. Thank you and happy holidays.

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