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Keto Pound Cake with Almond Flour Lemon Vanilla

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This moist lemon-vanilla pound cake can be seen as a low carb version of Starbucks well-known Lemon Pound Cake. It is really easy to make, ideal for those afternoons when you just feel like baking something but you are not so sure of what to bake.

The glazing on the top is the best, a real tasty lemon flavor along with a moist, smooth and spongy cake.

To make this easy keto pound cake recipe, I use almond flour instead of regular flour and replace sugar with erythritol or any keto-approved sweetener of your choice.

low carb almond flour pound cake

With just simple ingredients that can be found in any keto kitchen such as almond flour, egg, butter, sour cream, cream cheese, Erythritol, baking powder, lemon, and vanilla extract, you are ready to make an amazing pound cake that will impress your friends.

Although this low carb almond flour pound cake recipe is simple, you need to use the exact ingredient amounts (will be shown below) and follow the procedures carefully to achieve the same result.

sugar free lemon vanilla pound cake

This newly updated sugar-free, gluten-free and healthy cake recipe will make a stunning dessert for your weekends or any party and celebration.

How to Make Low Carb Pound Cake

Ready all the ingredients and preheat oven to 350F.

pound cake ingredients

In a stand mixer bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and mix at high speed to make the mixture creamy.

combine egg sour cream almond milk

Pour the dry mixture in and mix well until smooth. (Note: You can also beat the egg whites separately and incorporate them at the end. It works either way).

add almond flour baking powder

Brush some melted butter around the inside of the loaf pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake for 1 hour. Use a toothpick to check if it’s fully cooked inside.

pound cake pan

When cooked and ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

For the cream cheese pound cake glaze: Blend cream cheese, sweetener, lemon extract, and 1 drop of green natural food coloring (optional) in a mixer.

Once the cake is cooled completely, coat with the glaze. Garnish with some lemon zest and slices of berries or lemon for more flavor. Make 16 slices and serve.

Another way to make a sugar-free and low carb glaze is to whip 4 tbsp of heavy whipping cream with 3 tbsp of Erythritol and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. If you prefer a white color glaze, don’t add the natural food coloring.

The result will look like the top photo here:

gluten free pound cake


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Keto Pound Cake

A low carb version of cakes, Keto lemon vanilla pound cake is perfect for snacks, so try it now!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword keto lemon vanilla cake, low carb pound cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 215kcal
Author Tanya K.


For the pound cake

For the Frosting


  • Preheat the oven at 180C / 350F and oil well the cake mold, an 11-inch mold is ideal.
  • Place the almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, cream of tartar in a bowl and sift to remove lumps. Save for later.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, add eggs, butter, almond milk, sour cream, lemon & vanilla extract and lemon zest in. Blend at a high speed for five minutes.
  • Add the dry ingredients in and blend well until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
  • Pour the mixture over the mold and bake for 60 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick is inserted in the center and it does not come out wet. In our case, it took us a bit more than an hour.

Preparing the Frosting

  • Mix all the ingredients in the blender at a high speed for about 3 minutes. Pour the mixture directly over the pound cake when it is at room temperature and decorate with slices of fresh lime and mint leaves.


Nutrition Facts
Keto Pound Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to replace almond flour with coconut flour when making low carb cakes?

When replacing almond flour with coconut flour in low carb cakes, use a 1:4 ratio, as coconut flour is much more absorbent than almond flour. For every cup of almond flour, use about 1/4 cup of coconut flour. Additionally, you might need to increase the number of eggs or add more liquid to the recipe, since coconut flour tends to absorb more moisture. This helps maintain the cake’s texture and prevents it from becoming too dry.

What is the secret to a good pound cake?

In my opinion, the secret to a good pound cake lies in achieving the right balance of ingredients and meticulous preparation such as using room temperature ingredients for better mixing, creaming the butter and sugar (or sweetener in our case) thoroughly to incorporate air, and baking at the right temperature to ensure a moist yet firm texture. Additionally, not overmixing the batter and allowing the cake to cool gradually are crucial steps for a perfect pound cake.

How to store pound cake

To store pound cake, let it cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. For short-term storage, keep it at room temperature for up to 2 days. For longer storage, refrigerate it for up to 5 days or freeze it for up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw the cake in the refrigerator before bringing it to room temperature for serving.

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