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Hi Bold Bakers!
I’ve been working with Bigger Bolder Baking for a while now to bring you some new delicious and nutritious sweets, and you know that I have re-created several of your favorite sweet treats. Keto Fudge Brownies, Flourless Chocolate Cookies and Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes just to name a few. But, after looking back through my recipes, I realized something: I have yet to come up with a healthy, fresh, and fruity dessert!
My recipe for a Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake stars one of my favorite flavor combinations — tangy lemon and sweet blueberries. Just like the rest of my baked goods, this pound cake is made with no wheat products or refined sugars and can even be made vegan. This cake can be baked as a loaf or the mini bundt cakes as I made. Overall, this lemon and blueberry pound cake recipe is a great one to have in your alternative baking arsenal!
How and Why to Bake with Almond and Coconut Flour
A blend of almond flour and coconut flour are the base of this pound cake. I really like to bake with both of these flour alternatives as they are loaded with healthy fats, extra fiber, and of course are naturally free of gluten. The reason I use a blend here is for the texture. The almond flour makes the cake “cakey” if you will, while the coconut flour really binds the whole thing together and keeps the cake extra moist.
If you can’t find almond or coconut flour, Gemma has a great method to make your own at home, so be sure to check that out!
How to Make a Sugar-Free Pound Cake
My pound cake ticks all the boxes from lovely fruity flavor to moist texture, and of course, added nutrition! While sometimes making healthier baked goods is about adding in extra benefits where you can, it’s also about leaving behind things that have no real nutritional value. For me, this is always a matter of replacing refined sugar with either monkfruit sugar or less processed sugar, like coconut sugar.
For more info on my favorite ways to cut the sugar have a look at my post on Sugar Substitutes in Baking. In this pound cake, I use a monkfruit-based maple syrup that adds lovely sweetness without any sugar.
Why is My Pound Cake Dry?
While normal wheat-based cakes can be dry and crumbly, this revamped Lemon and Blueberry Pound Cake recipe has built-in insurance. The flours themselves hold moisture really well and the coconut milk and oil add a distinct richness that comes through even after being baked.
With this unique recipe you really never have to worry about your pound cake being dry!
What if I Don’t Like Blueberries?
The combination of citrus and blueberries is super classic. You know what they say: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it — and I agree! For me, these flavors really balance each other out, but as with all of my recipes, I encourage you Bold Bakers to be creative and customize my recipes to YOUR taste! If you don’t like berries, by all means, leave them out. If you want to use another berry that would work very well, and if you happen to have lime or orange but not a lemon, not to worry — you can use whatever citrus fruit you have on hand.
When To Glaze a Pound Cake
No pound cake is complete without a glaze: it’s literally the icing on the cake. This glaze recipe is awesome as it can be used on any cake, really. It’s free of sugar and has no animal products, making it vegan!
The best time to glaze the poundcake it when it has cooled to room temperature, this way the glaze will sit on top of the cake nicely and not melt into the cake itself. Once the glaze sets, the cake can be sliced and enjoyed. My Gluten Free Lemon and Blueberry Pound Cake will keep well covered and stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. ENJOY!