Pound cake is traditionally made from equal amounts of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. Originally the weight of all the ingredients totaled 1-pound, hence the name!

This recipe is a little different in that we have cut down on the sugar and substituted almond flour for half of the usual wheat flour. The resulting pound cake is a little heavier but has less starch and more protein. Glazing with lemon syrup gives it an extra bite. This cake is delicious as a simple dessert with berries or cooked fruit, or just with a cup of good coffee.

12 servings

12 ingredients

15 minute prep



  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons milk, divided
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour (see Chef Tips) or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • ¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon

Lemon Syrup:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small loaf pan with butter or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. With an electric whisk, beat the egg whites to form soft peaks. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, beat together the 2 yolks, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Set aside.
  3. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gradually fold in the flour mixture into the butter and eggs until well blended. If the batter seems too stiff, fold in a little of the remaining milk, a teaspoon at a time until the batter has reached dropping consistency.
  4. Mix the almond flour, whole wheat pastry flour, salt, and the baking powder together in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake is well risen and golden, and a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake sit for 5 minutes, then carefully turn out the cake to cool on a wire rack.
  6. In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the egg yolk mixture, a little at a time, until absorbed. Beat in the lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts (per servings)

Calories: 257; Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 10g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Sugar: 14g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 4g; Sodium: 76mg

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