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Mardi Gras Pound Cake

Mardi Gras  Pound Cake makes a fantastic dessert for a Mardi Gras celebration. It’s a moist and tender pound cake with a cinnamon flavored swirl and a sugar glaze.

Mardi Gras Pound Cake


I’ve been to more than a few Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and you just can’t beat it. The food, the music, the floats, the excitement. It is second to none. As far as Mardi Gras food goes, I’m all about the jambalaya, Muffalettas, and potato salad. King Cake, not so much. I’ve had a few really, really good ones, but a plain King Cake really isn’t my jam.

But I adore any kind of pound cake and this Mardi Gras Pound Cake is a really scrumptious pound cake.

The batter for this Mardi Gras Pound Cake is a typical pound cake batter with no leavener. Whipping the butter and sugar together is what gives this cake lift. Mix each egg in until incorporated, but then mix as little as possible or you will have a flat cake.

Mardi Gras Pound Cake with cream cheese swirl


The cooking time is just an estimate. It can vary greatly if your oven runs a few degrees hot or cold.

Like all pound cakes, Mardi Gras Pound Cake is good enough for a party, but even better as a snack and perfect with a cup of coffee.

Mardi Gras Pound Cake

Laissaz les bon temps rouler!

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Mardi Gras Pound Cake

Mardi Gras Pound Cake

Mardi Gras Pound Cake is a tender and moist pound cake with a cinnamon-cream cheese swirl. Decorate with glaze and sprinkles for a festive Mardi Gras treat!
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 7 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Sugar Glaze


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees and spray a 15-cup Bundt pan with baking spray with flour.
  • Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times.
    Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Sift together flour and salt. Add to butter mixture, alternating with sour cream, beating just until combined after each addition.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons sour cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons flour and beat until smooth.
  • Pour half the batter into prepared Bundt pan. Add cream cheese filling and top with remaining batter. Use a knife to gently swirl together the batter and filling. Note: I didn't do a very good job of swirling mine together and that is ok. It just means the cream cheese is mostly in 1 area.
  • Bake for 1 hour. Cover loosely with foil and bake another 40 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan for 20 minutes. 
  • Whisk together all ingredients for glaze and drizzle on cake. Decorate with sprinkles.


Calories: 418kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Mardi Gras

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Recipe adapted from Louisiana Cookin


Mardi Gras Pound Cake with cream cheese filling

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6 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Pound Cake”

  1. Michelle Gremillion

    Hi..I was wondering if you can add a box of instant pudding to the pound cake batter for more moistness?

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