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Keto Cream Cheese Lemon Pound Cake (Low-Carb)

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keto low-carb lemon pound cake with icing and coconut gluten-free


If you’re looking for a keto, low carb, sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free cream cheese lemon pound cake then you’ve clicked on the right link.

I couldn’t even tell that it was keto and polished off a few slices and I don’t even follow a low-carb diet.

Creating low carb dessert recipes for my wife to enjoy can be challenging but once you understand how the ingredients work together easy low carb desserts can be brought to life.

Creating keto recipes is about experimenting which can be fun even if your recipe doesn’t turn out as planned.

I’m no pastry chef and working with flour that contains no gluten, eggs, butter, coconut oil, and cream cheese to re-invent the pound cake took some trial and error.

With my wife’s birthday this month I wanted to create a low carb, keto pound cake since it’s her favourite type of cake.

She enjoys how a traditional pound cake is dense and perfect for dipping in coffee or milk.

Living A Keto, Low-Carb Lifestyle

It has been almost one year since she’s given up sugar, grains, and most fruits and vegetables to lead a low carb lifestyle.

She loves this way of eating, feels great and has lost all the weight she gained when she was pregnant with our son.

She credits the low carb diet plan, moderate exercise and portion control for her success although she is not done on her journey.

This has become a lifestyle for her and she has no intention of going back to eating the way she used to because she was always feeling bloated and hungry.

She even said her skin feels and looks so much better especially since she drinks a tonne of water every day.

Update 2019! Overall, she’s lost 100 pounds in 3 years with Keto, Low-Carb and Intermittent Fasting.

Her cholesterol is fine and the doctor is impressed with how well she has done considering it’s not easy for people to give up carbs, sugars, and processed foods.

Low carb foods still have minimal carbs in them but not near as much as you’d think compared to other foods that are loaded full of carbs.

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The keto or low carb diet plan is not for everyone and you should consult your doctor before embarking on this life-long journey.

If you even say it’s a diet Mrs. CBB will tell you it’s a way of eating, a lifestyle change since not everyone digests carbs the same way.

Many low carb recipes have low carb flour such as almond flour and coconut flour.

These are the two flours that Mrs. CBB uses the most. Almond flour adds moistness to the cake and a nutty flavour.

The almond flour can be pricey at around $11/pound and coconut flour $5/pound at the Bulk Barn or at Costco for $17.99 for 2kg.

We try to buy our keto products when there is a sale along with the spend $10 save $3 coupon to keep our budget in check.

Recipe Testing – Keto Lemon Pound Cake

I’ve tested this recipe 3 times using various methods including an increase and decrease in eggs, almond flour, and other ingredients until we came up with the perfect cream cheese lemon pound cake.

When I tried the finished product I actually thought that I was eating a slice of Classic Madeira cake which is popular in the UK.

I would have had no idea it was a sugar-free low carb lemon pound cake if I wasn’t the baker.

You can eat this cream cheese lemon pound cake as-is OR you can make a sugar-free cream cheese buttercream icing for the top and sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes.

You can leave the coconut off if you don’t fancy it so it’s entirely up to you.

The easy cream cheese icing can be made right at the end or you can make it in advance and store it in the refrigerator the day before or hours before frosting the cream cheese lemon pound cake.

Just let it sit out for about 10 minutes to soften up before icing your cake.

Note: Make sure to buy unsweetened Almond Milk

Let’s get baking this low carb cream cheese lemon pound cake!!

The cream cheese lemon pound cake is best when it’s a day or two old and left in the refrigerator to chill.

The reason we believe is that it gives the cream cheese lemon pound cake time to soak up all the flavours which create a cake that could stand up to any other pound cake.

The best part is that there isn’t a pound of butter in this cream cheese lemon pound cake.

You’ll be surprised when you read the ingredient list.

Here we go!!

How To Make A Keto Cream Cheese Lemon Pound Cake


Keto Cream Cheese Lemon Pound Cake (Low Carb)
Recipe Type: Low Carb, Keto Dessert
Author: Mr.CBB
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 10
If you’re looking for a Low Carb, Keto cake to satisfy your sweet craving this cheesecake lemon pound cake is packed full of flavour and is dense like a pound cake should be.
  • 11/2 cups Almond Flour
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsps softened coconut oil
  • 4 tbsps softened butter
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup powdered Erythritol
  • 3/4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 5 drops lemon oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • Buttercream cream cheese Icing
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp almond milk or as needed to form icing
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener of choice Splenda, Erythritol
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Butter a 9×6 loaf pan
  3. In a large bowl add your butter, coconut oil, and cream cheese. Mix until combined and creamy. Add your 5 large eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, lemon extract, lemon juice and lemon oil and mix.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet Almond flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and Erythritol and mix.
  5. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared loaf pan
  6. Bake for approx 40 mins at 350 degrees. If you notice the top is browning early on simply put a piece of tin foil over top to prevent burning.
  7. When a toothpick comes out clean the cake is done. Every oven is different.
  8. For the buttercream cream cheese icing put all of the ingredients in a bowl and whip it up with a hand mixer until creamy and fluffy. Spread on the cooled cake. Make sure it is completely cool so it doesn’t melt off. Top with unsweetened coconut which is optional. You can even just enjoy the cake without the icing.
  9. Refrigerate the cake until cold, slice and serve. Best 2 days after you make the cake. You can add or delete sweetener as desired.

Like I mentioned above this Keto cream cheese lemon pound cake seems to be at its peak 1-2 days after it’s made and refrigerated.

You can freeze the cake as well for up to 3 months.

If you don’t care for lemon you can add a different flavour or leave out the lemon and add a bit more vanilla extract to make a vanilla pound cake.

Nutritional Information: Each small slice of plain cream cheese pound cake without icing contains 1.5 grams of net carbs. This will change based on how big or little of a slice you make. It will also change if you add buttercream icing to the pound cake by 0.5 net carbs per slice.

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      1. Hi Cathy,
        That was my fault sorry as I thought I was at the end of the post when I stopped scrolling. This is the nutritional info I have. This is an older recipe compared to the nutrition I add today.

        Each slice of plain cream cheese pound cake without icing contains 1.5 grams of carbs

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