Easy Keto Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

If you are like us, pound cake is a comfort food that brings you back to your childhood. Eating keto does not mean you have to wave goodbye to foods that taste great and make you happy. There are keto-friendly flours, flavorings, and artificial sweeteners that can be used to bake delicious desserts in your very own kitchen.

Can You Eat Pound Cake on Keto?

The answer is no. Traditional pound cake is made with wheat flour and regular table sugar, as well as being topped with a delectable glaze comprised of milk and powdered sugar. This type of pound cake would knock you out of ketosis.

If you want to enjoy pound cake you need to find a low-carb option like the one made in our recipe. You do not have to skimp on flavor just because you are striving for weight loss.

Our Keto Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Our keto pound cake can be whipped up and enjoyed within a couple of hours.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes 
  • Cook time: 70 minutes
  • Cool time: 20 minutes
  • Glaze: 5 minutes

Ingredients for Cake:

Glaze Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sugar-free powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon room temperature butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 teaspoons water


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper
  • Fully combine the cream cheese, butter, and sweetener until smooth. This can be done in a food processor, blender, or by hand. 
  • Add the eggs, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and zest. Continue to combine until smooth. The batter will be thick. 
  • Pour batter into the baking pan you have prepared. 
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes. (Between 45-50 minutes you may wish to cover the cake with foil.)
  • After cooling for 10 minutes, run a knife around the edges to loosen the parchment paper. Remove the cake and put it on a cooling rack. 
  • Mix up the icing, adding water a small amount at a time to ensure proper thickness. Spread glaze on the cooled cake. 
  • The cake should be stored in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information

Slice the cake into 12 pieces. This serving size has 325 calories and 5 net carbs.

Recipe Variations

  • Cream Cheese Frosting: Replace the laze with our favorite cream cheese frosting by using our recipe. 
  • Flavor Variations: Substitute orange for the lemon for a tasty twist on this classic recipe. Another option is to add some espresso powder to the batter and use espresso in place of water on the glaze for a coffee-flavored cake. 
  • Toppings: Top the cake off with fresh berries, sugar-free chocolate, and homemade whipped cream.

How Much Pound Cake Can You Eat in a Day?

Just because the cake is low-carb does not mean you can eat as much as you want. As a general guideline, ensure that the portion of pound cake you eat fits within your overall carbohydrate budget for the day, taking into account all other foods you plan to eat.