Peek-a-Boo Pound Cake

cross-section of sliced pound cake with red heart center

5 from 8 reviews

This easy vanilla loaf cake has a sweet surprise: A strawberry-flavored, heart-shaped center! Learn how to make this simple pound cake in a few easy steps below.



For the strawberry pound cake:

For the vanilla pound cake:

For the icing:


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter for the strawberry pound cake until smooth.
  2. Scrape down the sides, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (1-2 minutes).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs (both whole and yolks), 4-5 drops of red food coloring and strawberry emulsion.
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the eggs into the batter.
  5. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Return the mixer to low and add the flour 1/3 cup at a time.
  7. Once all of the flour is added, increase the speed to medium and beat for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Pour the batter into a parchment paper-lined 9″x9″ pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula.
  9. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.
  10. While the strawberry is still warm but cool enough to handle, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to punch out pieces of cake.
  11. In the bowl of a stand mixer, repeat steps 1-7 with the ingredients for the vanilla pound cake.
  12. Pour 1/2″ of vanilla pound cake batter into the bottom of a parchment paper-lined loaf pan.
  13. Place the strawberry pound cake hearts in a line on top of the batter leaving about 1/2″ of space on each end.
  14. Gently pour the remaining pound cake batter over the top of the hearts.
  15. Use an offset spatula to smooth out the top of the cake.
  16. Bake at 350F for 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.
  17. In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the icing.
  18. Microwave the icing for 15-20 seconds and allow to cool for approximately 1 minute.
  19. Stir the icing and pour over the top of the pound cake. Garnish with fresh cut strawberries.


Recipe adapted from Sugar Spun Run


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