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Keto Vanilla Pound Cake

Louise | December 4
Keto Vanilla Pound Cake #keto

What could be more classic than a pound cake? This cake has been popular for hundreds of years and anyone who eats it can see why. But is it possible for a pound cake to be Keto-friendly? Yes, it is! If you can’t believe it, check out our Keto vanilla pound cake recipe for yourself. This cake uses almond flour to replicate the dense and tender crumb you know and love. You can even add some whey protein powder for a little added healthy boost. With or without the protein, you can be sure this recipe will be a hit. Try it once and you just might find yourself making this new classic again and again.

Know Your Pound Cake History?

Did you know that the original pound cake recipe contained no baking powder or baking soda? They had only four ingredients, one pound each of butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. That’s how the recipe got its name. Without added leavening agents, all of the rise came from the air whipped into the batter. That’s a lot of whipping, and it was all done by hand!

The first pound cake was made sometime in the early 18th century and by the late 18th century, it was appearing in recipe books. As the years went by, the recipe gradually changed to make a less dense cake, with the ingredients no longer all weighing exactly one pound. These ratios changed even further in the 1900s when baking powder and baking soda were added to the recipe. However, the name, pound cake, has stuck around to this day.

Toppings to Die For

Pound cake is such a lovely simple recipe. It can be enjoyed on its own, but it is also an excellent canvas for a number of toppings. Just remember that adding ingredients may change the nutritional values and read on for some suggestions.

  • Classic – Serve with a spoonful of Keto coconut whipped cream and a sprig of fresh mint.
  • Berry Good – Serve with chopped or lightly mashed fresh berries, depending on ripeness and personal preference. If you don’t have any fresh berries, you can use frozen, but pureeing is recommended.
  • Jam-boree – Swirl batter with Keto-friendly jam before baking to create a lovely marbled fruit effect.
  • (Coco)Nuts About Cake – Sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds, toasted coconut flakes or a combination of both.

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Keto Vanilla Pound Cake #keto

Keto Vanilla Pound Cake #keto

Keto Vanilla Pound Cake

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


This pound cake outweighs the competition!



  1. Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C).
  2. Grease a loaf pan (9inch-by-5inch).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk all the ingredients together well to form a batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes (the cake will rise in the oven and the top should turn golden brown). Let the cake cool for a few minutes before flipping it out. Cut into slices once it’s completely cooled.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 3 g


  • Calories: 299
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 29 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 8 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.