Low-Carb Almond Pound Cake

My son, Paul, and I had a great time making this when he was 11-years-old, around the time he announced he “might be interested in a career as a culinary professional.” This cake was our first joint baking project.

Almond Pound Cake 

2 cups (224 g) almond flour

1 cup (113 g) butter at room temperature     

4 oz (116 g) cream cheese at room temperature

1 cup (28 g) Splenda Granulated No Calorie Sweetener     

6 eggs, medium size (44 g each), at room temperature

1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder   

1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon zest (or 1.5 tsp lemon extract)

1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract

 If you can’t find almond flour, make your own by grinding almonds into the consistency of a flour. You can do this in a blender or electric coffee bean grinder.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

 Mix the butter, cream cheese, and Splenda with a hand-held or table-top mixer, then beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each egg. In a separate container, mix the baking powder into the almond flour. Add the almond flour a little at a time into the butter/sour cream bowl, beating as you go. Then mix in vanilla extract and lemon zest. Pour into a 9-inch (22-24 cm) cake pan greased with butter, vegetable oil, or Baker’s Joy Baking Spray, then bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 mins.

 Nutrient Analysis:

Recipe makes 12 servings. Each serving has 248 calories, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g digestible carbohydrate, 5 g protein, 18 g fat. 27% of calories are from carbohydrate, 9% from protein, 64% from fat.       

Steve Parker, M.D.


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8 responses to “Low-Carb Almond Pound Cake

  1. So did he become a culinary professional?

  2. Hi, Beth. Not yet, but he’s only 12.

    I wanted to be a marine biologist at that age, an unusual choice for a kid in Oklahoma.

  3. This sounds great! I’ll have to try it this weekend. Thanks!

  4. Hi, Amy. The first time we made it, it was a bit dry. Not sure if that’s because we live in a low-humidity desert or not. A little butter on a slice plus 10 seconds in a microwave fixed that.

  5. Wow! I lost my old low carb pound cake recipe. It was divine intervention that I’ve found this! I found your blog by searching low carb books on amazon, and found your new one to be released next month! I have it on preorder! I remembered your name from lowcarbfriends forum. I once posted a question in the diabetic forum, and you were kind enough to answer. I was very impressed, a busy doctor answering a diabetic question that he’s probably answered a zillion times…on a free forum no less!”

    Anyway, you have a great website and I’m looking forward to your book…and also trying this wonderful recipe. Thank you!

  6. Hi, Joyce. Good to hear from you!
    The upcoming book won’t have a lot of recipes in it, but some, including this pound cake. For cookbooks, I particularly like many of Dana Carpender’s and Jennifer Eloff’s. The Low Carb Friends and Active Low Carber forums have lots of free recipes, of course. I’ll get back to those sites when when I’m not so busy. I live in Arizona where we have lots of winter visitors (Snowbirds) who keep me busy in the hospital until April.

  7. Joyce

    Oh, I don’t really mind minimal recipes. I’m more interested in reading about a low carb version of the Mediterrranean way of eating. I’ve always been curious about the health benefits. But all the grains and fruits made me question it – I just can’t eat that way. So it will be nice to have a low carb version for those of us with metabolic syndrome/and or diabetes!

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