Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake Southern Living

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This marble strawberry cake is a delicious masterpiece.  It’s a vanilla almond cream cheese pound cake with strawberry glaze swirled throughout.  It’s a beautiful cake that’s marble-icious.

My neighbor gave me an article from Southern Living Magazine (an actual magazine with paper and print, remember those?) a couple of years ago. My co-worker then gave me the same article earlier this year.

The Southern Living article was loaded with 6 or 7 amazing pound cake recipes and I have made 3 of them so far. This strawberry swirl pound cake recipe, along with my Key Lime Pound Cake and Lemon Coconut Pound Cake are all from this article and I consider them perfect pound cake paragons.

Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake From Scratch


This strawberry swirl pound cake is a classic, sweet, but not overly sweet, cream cheese pound cake with just the right amount of delightful strawberry glaze running through it. Because of this, strawberry swirl pound cake screams summer. It is one the most perfect summer cakes you will ever indulge in.

The first bite I had of this cake gave me visions of a southern summer tea party. Yes, me and the girls dressed in our floral prints and hats, sitting under the magnolias, laughing, nibbling (in all honesty, I don’t know nibbling, I horse down) on this cake and sipping ice tea or an appropriate adult beverage. Oh, what a delicious and genteel summer afternoon.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake With Strawberry Swirl

Ok, I know that’s a little far fetched, but this cake would be perfect for that summer cook out. Yes, topped with some strawberries, blueberries and vanilla ice cream. It would also be terrific at a summer brunch or just to have around the house for idle summer munching.

Plus friends, this cake is super easy to make. Literally, you make a cream cheese pound cake and swirl in fresh or bought strawberry glaze. It’s just so simple.

Pound Cake With Strawberry Swirl Ingredients

Simple Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake


  • Beat butter, gradually add sugar and cream cheese at medium speed or high speed.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Gradually add flour and mix at low speed until just incorporated
  • Add almond and vanilla extracts.
  • Pour 1/3 of batter into tube or bundt pan.
  • Dollop 8 rounded teaspoonfuls of strawberry glaze over batter and swirl with knife or wooden skewer.
  • Repeat procedure once and top with remaining 1/3 of batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Let cool 10 to 12 minutes and release on wire rack.
Easy Strawberry Swirl Cake


You want to use a thick glaze. Whether you do your own homemade glaze or buy one, the name of the game is THICK GLAZE. A thin glaze could lead to a mushy cake. I used Marzetti Glaze For Strawberries.

If you’d like to use fresh, chopped strawberries, instead of strawberry glaze, chop the strawberries in small pieces and roll them in flour. This will keep the strawberries from falling to the bottom of the cake. For more detail on this, see this post, How To Add Fresh Fruit To Cake Batter, from Leaf TV.

Cream Cheese Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake

Can You Freeze This Swirled Strawberry Pound Cake

To freeze or not to freeze, that is the question.  Do I dare risk ruining this strawberry cream cheese swirl cake by shoving it into the depths of my icy freezer. 

Fear not, my fellow pound cake aficionados, I bring good news…YES! you can freeze this, strawberry swirl pound cake.  

So, whether you made to much of this marble strawberry swirled pound cake or you just want to keep an emergency stash in the freezer (who knows when that pound cake krav’n is gonna hit), serving some freezer time will not hurt this pound cake or any pound cake.

Pound cakes are one of the best cakes to freeze, because of their dense texture.  It will not loose it’s flavor or moist texture.  I personally think pound cakes taste better after serving time in the freezer.

But will the strawberry swirl hold up in the freezer?  Yes, it will still have that delicious sweet strawberry flavor.  The color of the swirl may fade a bit, but the flavor will not be lost and that’s what counts.

How To Freeze Pound Cake With Strawberry Swirl

Freeze The Whole Cake Or A Large Portion

  • Make sure the cake is completely cooled.
  • With plastic wrap, wrap the cake 2 or 3 times. Verify all of the cake is covered.
  • Wrap 2 or 3 times with aluminum foil.  Make certain all the cake is covered.
  • Put in a large freezer storage bag or container.  If you don’t have one large enough, freeze the cake, wrapped well, in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  • Place whole cake or leftover cake in freezer.

Freeze Pound Cake Slices

  • Wrap your slices individually in plastic wrap. Making sure the whole slice is covered.
  • Then wrap the slice in aluminum foil. Making sure the whole slice is covered.
  • Place slices in freezer storage bag or container.
  • Place in freezer
Easy Strawberry Swirl Cake Recipe


Though this isn’t a strawberry pound cake recipe or a strawberry chocolate swirl cake, it is a truly delightful cake with swirls and swirls of flavor.

Strawberry swirl pound cake is delicious anytime of year, but just perfect for summer. The sweetness of the strawberry glaze compliments the cream cheese pound cake perfectly. Plus it’s such an easy cake to make and serve. Add this to your summer recipe collection today.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I have linked to our related recipes below and I’m sure you will love them.

More Pound Cake With Fruit Recipes

Strawberry Swirl Cake
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Easy, luscious cream cheese pound cake with strawberry glazed swirled throughout
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 18 slices
Calories 420kcal
Cost $8



  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Beat butter until creamy and gradually add sugar. Beat on medium or high speed.
    1½ cups Butter, 3 cups Sugar
  • Add cream cheese and beat until creamy. Beat on medium or high speed.
    8 ounces Cream cheese
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
    6 Eggs
  • Gradually add flour and beat at low speed.
    3 cups All purpose flour
  • Add almond and vanilla extracts.
    1 tsp Almond extract, ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pour 1/3 of batter into greased and floured tube or bundt pan.
  • Dollop 8 rounded teaspoonfuls of strawberry glaze over batter and swirl with knife or wooden skewer.
    ⅔ cup Strawberry glaze
  • Repeat procedure once and top with remaining 1/3 of batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until sharp knife comes out clean.
  • Let cool 10 to 15 minutes and release on cooling rack.
  • Let cake cool for 1 hour.


I, like the original Southern Living recipe, used Marzetti Glaze for Strawberries. You can find it in the produce department at major grocery stores or on Amazon.
This makes a large cake.  If using a bundt pan, there will probably be to much batter.  You can make 4 to 5 medium cupcakes with this batter. This is what I did.
This cake freezes really well.  For tips on freezing pound cake, please check out my post on freezing pound cake.


Calories: 420kcal


  1. Just made this. So easy. I made my own strawberry glaze. Waiting to cut and taste tomorrow with fresh cut strawberries and fresh whipped cream! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi there, thanks so much for your comment. I’m very impressed you made your own glaze. Please let me know how you like it. I think you’ll love it.

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