Easy Keto Pound Cake

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This keto-friendly pound cake is literally the easiest guilt-free dessert. Best of all - one slice has 3 grams of net carbs and less than 300 calories!

All it takes is one bowl and a few simple ingredients to whip up this fluffy low-carb cake. Eat alone or with whipped cream!

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Nutritional values (per slice)

3.2 grams 1.9 grams 9.1 grams 25.4 grams 9.7 grams 275 calories
Total Carbs5.1grams
Fiber1.9grams
Net Carbs3.2grams
Protein9.1grams
Fat25.4grams
of which Saturated9.7grams
Calories275kcal
Magnesium56mg (14% RDA)
Potassium191mg (10% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (5%), protein (13%), fat (82%)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

  • 5 large eggs
  • 115 g full-fat cream cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or ghee (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 2 tsp sugar-free vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sugar-free almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 1/2 cup granulated Swerve or Erythritol, or to taste (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • pinch of sea salt

Note: Instead of vanilla and almond extract, you can use freshly grated lemon zest and lemon juice or cinnamon.

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the eggs, cream cheese, butter, cream, vanilla, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl and beat using a hand mixer until smooth. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and beat once more until incorporated.
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  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
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  4. Optionally, dust with some powdered Swerve or Erythritol. Slice and enjoy it on it's own or serve with some whipped cream! Easy Keto Pound Cake Store at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for up to a week. Easy Keto Pound Cake
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With a focus on mindful and sustainable living she aspires to show her audience that healthy eating doesn't have to be boring, complicated, or tasteless and that healthy living is all about getting in touch with yourself and your surroundings.

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Comments (35)

OMG  I love this cake! Made them in a cup cake tray - perfect!! Yum yum 😋

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Thank you!

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I made this yesterday for the first time. I’ve never made a pound cake before, but this came out dense, moist, and heavy (which I love) and very generous portions. Will try again using lemon juice and zest next time. Only negative is that it sort of collapsed in the middle after taking it out. So definitely not as pretty as the photo in the recipe. But super easy to make (shoved everything in my nutri ninja and gave it a blast). Then poured the (very runny) mixture into the loaf tin!!

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Thank you for your feedback! I will be just guessing... There is no baking powder (too much of it would cause air bubbles) or psyllium (can't be over processed). Possibly sudden temperature changes could cause that.

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I was a bit skeptic of this batter as it was very runny, but it turned out fine after leaving it in the oven for an extra 10 minutes.
The cake itself is quiet dense, but nice texture and flavour ( I used lemon rind and juice instead).
Overall lovely pick me up snack with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Thank you for your kind words, JJ!

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Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m in my first week of Keto, finding my way around. I was short of a couple of macro nutrients tonight, but more importantly i was on the hunt for something sweet. I made this. It ticked a lot of boxes. It was so easy, it came out perfect and everyone in the house is grateful. Also, im able to carry it forward for a snack here and there on my plan. And ive frozen 3 pieces. Thanks again.

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Thank you for your lovely feedback!

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I'm not a fan of eggs and I'm wondering if this pound cake turns out "eggy" since the recipe calls for 5 eggs? Thanks in advance!

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Hi Gloria, I haven't made this specific recipe but I made a similar recipe and didn't ding it eggy. I found that vanilla helps beat any eggy aftertaste. Or you could substitute 1-2 of the regular eggs with flax eggs (1 egg = 1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water). Just mix the flax and water and add it to the eggs. I hope this helps!

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Cheese,  ghee, heavy cream. I get a guy ache from cow milk products

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You can try some of our dairy-free keto recipes: ketodietapp.com/Blog/Filter

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Is there any baking powder in this recipe?

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No baking powder (just like the traditional version) 😊

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fyi its easier to mix the melted butter and (softened) cream cheese first and then mix in the eggs.

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Can you use a stand mixer? Like KitchenAid with the wire wisk attachment?   I'm new to Keto and see a lot of these recipes using a hand mixer - and wonder why...
Thanks in advance

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Absolutely! I make most cakes in my Kenwood (similar to KitchenAid).

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I made the pound cake for a celebration night and it was fantastic.  I put a keto lemon glaze on top with flaked almonds which made it lovely and tangy.  I love how dense it is, very much like the pound cake from my childhood.  Thank you 😊

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Thank you Brooke, the glaze sounds like a great addition!

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Do I have to use almond extract - can I just use vanilla? Also can I make these into cupcakes and what would the cooking time be? Thank you.

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You can use just vanilla extract or even lemon zest - it depends what you like. Cupcakes will work too! Depending on the size, I'd bake them for 20-25 minutes 😊

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This was a very easy and exceptionally delicious Pound Cake.  The serving size is generous for the carb count.  Whole family loved it.  
Thank You

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Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

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What a gorgeous cake! It looks so moist!

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I made a lemon version.  This is a very dense cake.  It's a lot for two people who are not that into sweets to consume.  Wondering if it would freeze well.  Any ideas about that?  (Next time I'll make a half recipe.)   Made a topping of whipped coconut cream, a bit of sweetener and lemon juice, Yum

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Yes, this cake will freeze well and it's best if you can pre-cut it into individual servings before freezing 😊

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Could mascarpone be used in place of cream cheese?

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Yes you can. It will just result in slightly more fat/calories per serving.

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Aside from wishing I had really let the cream cheese soften so that it blended completely in with the batter, this recipe is excellent! I only had a weirdly small loaf pan so I just baked it in an 8in cake pan. It tastes delicious! And it’s dense like a true pound cake! I will definitely be making this one again. Thanks for such an easy and tasty recipe.

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Ok so I made this today. Am very pleased
on how it turned out. I am no Betty Crocker but it was easy enough even for me.

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I'm glad you like it! It's super simple and so versatile! 😊

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What size loaf pan?

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You can use a medium loaf pan about 20 x 12 cm / 8 x 5 inch.

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I'm going to give this a go, replacing the vanilla with lemon rind & juice.

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Same! Natural vanilla is so good but it's very expensive.

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