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Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)

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Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)

I have been wanting to develop the recipe for a paleo lemon pound cake for a while, but it was only after my parents gave me these cute silicon molds as a gift that I actually started to work on it!

You must be wondering why didn’t I buy them before… Well, I am a big supporter of minimalism in pretty much every aspect of my life. I don’t own a lot of stuff: my closet is quite spartan, I only have 4 make up products, and even in my kitchen I try to limit the amount of stuff I buy as it just create clutter!

Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)

I know this is quite strange, especially for a food blogger, but I have just the right amount of kitchen props and equipment. One of everything.

But I didn’t want to bake my paleo lemon pound cake into the same hart-shaped pan I used for my grain free Orange Cake that’s made with a completely different recipe!

What Is Lemon Pound Cake?

Traditionally, a lemon pound cake is a dense and delicious lemony treat topped with a sweet and tart buttermilk glaze. The normal recipe calls for butter, sugar, wheat flour and eggs. But in this healthy version, I recreated a paleo lemon pound cake that’s dairy and gluten free as well as Paleo. And if you are on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), but you have already reintroduced almonds and eggs you can definitely enjoy it too!

Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)

How to Make Lemon Pound Cake From Scratch?

To make a paleo lemon pound cake from scratch is very easy. You start by whisking the eggs with a hand held whisker (a cheap kitchen tool that will allow you to make your eggs super foamy) together with honey and a o pinch of cream of tartar, and them you slowly combine them with the flour mixture. The flour mix I use is only made with 2 types of grain free flours: almond and cassava.

Make sure you do NOT change the ingredients listed in the recipe and use coconut flour as a replacement as that would give your lemon pound cake a very dry and heavy consistency.

…This is pretty much it! You only need to blend in some healthy fats from coconut milk and and a generous amount of fresh citrus juice, and you are ready to pour you batter into pound cake silicon molds and bake!

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Can You Make Lemon Pound Cake Without Butter and Sugar?

Yes. You absolutely can! To keep my paleo lemon pound cake moist and sweet I like to add:

  1. Full fat canned coconut milk (make sure to buy this brand as it’s absolutely the best performing one)
  2. Well whisked, foamy eggs that really help with getting your lemon pound cake to rise well and be fluffy.
  3. A combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice and orange juice. Yes, I know this is a LEMON pound cake, but using orange juice allows you to avoid adding other sweeteners to the batter and take advantage of the delicious natural sweetness that fruit has to offer.
Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)

How to Make a Paleo Lemon Pound Cake Glaze:

While glazing your paleo lemon cake is totally optional (you could simply serve it with unsweetened coconut yogurt), the glaze makes for a beautiful presentation and it’s definitely a nice finishing touch.

The glaze I like to prepare is made with a few, very simple ingredients, the most important of which is coconut butter, that helps giving it structure and CANNOT be substituted with coconut oil.

Because this glaze is made with absolutely no sugar, it will be a bit sticky and it’s better to store your cake in the refrigerator after you glazed it. If you are looking for something that hardens like a regular sugar glaze, check out the recipe for my sugar free icing that’s made with erythritol instead of caster sugar.

Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Why Making Small Lemon Pound Cakes Instead of a Large One?

If you don’t have a big family and live on your own or with your spouse, I would recommend making smaller cakes by using medium or small silicon molds.

This helps for two reasons:

  1. You don’t end up eating the whole cake by yourself, as it’s easier to practice portion control when the serving sizes are well defined.
  2. The cakes better maintain their moisture if you don’t cut them. And by having multiple little lemon pound cakes, you can always freeze a couple so you can have a nice, healthy dessert even when you don’t feel like baking.

Now, let’s finally get to the recipe and start baking!!

Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Paleo Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy & Gluten Free)





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Equipment you’ll need:

NOTE: this recipes makes 2 medium lemon pound cakes or 8 small ones

For the Paleo Lemon Pound Cake:

For the Paleo Lemon Pound Cake Glaze:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine the flours and the citrus juice in a small bowl, together with the cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl, add in the honey and whisk at low speed until foamy, for about one minute. Do not start to whisk at high speed immediately or the eggs will not reach their full volume. When the egg mixture starts to get foamy, add in a pinch of cream of tartar as that help stabilize the structure.
  4. Increase the speed and make sure to circulate the hand mixture through the bowl while beating to help the eggs achieve the proper consistency. Continue beating until more air is incorporated into the egg mixture and it becomes pale yellow and nicely thick and foamy.
  5. Slowly pour the beaten eggs over the batter you set aside, add in the baking powder and fold them in very slowly with a silicon spatula or a spoon.
  6. Draw the spatula towards you, scooping some batter along with it. Bring the spatula up the side of the bowl and plunge it down in the center of the batter again. Repeat this movement until the batter is all mixed. This technique will help you get a light and airy batter.
  7. Pour the batter of your paleo lemon pound cake into the silicon molds and bake for 20 to 23 minutes, depending on your oven.
  8. In the meantime, prepare the frosting by melting the coconut butter in a small saucepan, together with the other ingredients. When the cakes have cooled down, pour the frosting over them and refrigerate for about 20 minutes to give the glaze some time to solidify.


I can’t wait to see your recreations of my Paleo Lemon Pound Cake and please, share the recipe with your friends on Facebook so they see it too!

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Ciao, Ambra

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  • Lisa July 7, 2019 9:53 am

    Dear Ambra, I’m certainly glad you made it through the earthquake unharmed! As someone who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area of California, I can relate to your experience. I love your blog and very creative recipes and the fact that we also share the Italian nationality. My Grandmother was born in Italy, her name was Tosca Landucci and emigrated to the USA as an infant. Her parents owned an Italian restaurant near San Francisco although I know very little else about it, or my Great Grandparents. Anyway, glad you’re safe and enjoying other areas in the US. Will be trying these little cakes sometime this week, thank you for creating them!

    • ambra July 8, 2019 11:21 am

      Thanks so much for the great feedback and for sharing your story Lisa! I am so happy that I got to know you a little bit better and I can’t wait to see your lemon cake!!

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