Perfect Gluten Free Pound Cake was originally posted in March 2019 and has been updated with new pictures, a new video, and plenty of helpful tips and ideas.
I've been making this perfect gluten free pound cake for as long as I can remember. It's dense, but soft and tender with a wonderful almond flavor. Serve it with berries and freshly whipped cream for the perfect dessert.
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Pound cake is one of my favorite types of cakes to make and eat. It requires no adornments (like frosting) to be tasty, but a little macerated strawberries and whipped cream never hurt anyone. I think my favorite part about pound cake is how dense it is. But that's not saying it's not soft and very tender, not at all dry. When I make this pound cake, I always put both vanilla and almond extract in it. I just love an almond pound cake and this one, with the cream cheese and all the butter, is just outrageously good.
- Cream cheese -- not the typical ingredient in pound cake, but cream cheese makes this one absolutely shine with its luxurious mouthfeel.
- Kim's gluten free all purpose flour blend
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract -- a little almond extract goes a long way.
How Pound Cakes Rise
How in the world does a cake rise without leaveners? Is it magic? Well, to me pretty much all baking is magic, especially when you can transform a dough or batter into something that looks nothing like it started out as. But a pound cake gets it "magic" not from baking powder or soda. It gets its rise solely from eggs and lots of 'em. Beating the eggs in one at a time aerates the batter, which is what gives the cake its lift.
here's how to make this cake
- Cream the butter and cream cheese together for 2 minutes. Slowly add the sugar and increase the speed to medium high and beat for 7 minutes, until very light in color and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Increase to medium speed and beat for 2 more minutes.
- With the mixer on low, add the flour just until combined.
- Add the almond and vanilla extracts and stir to incorporate.
- Pour into a greased and floured Bundt cake pan or angel food cake pan, leveling the top with an offset spatula.
- Bake at 300 degrees F for 1.5-2 hours, or until a skewer or long toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached.
- Set cake in pan on wire rack to cool for one hour.
- Loosen from sides with a butter knife or spatula. Invert onto serving platter.
- Allow to cool completely and serve with whipped cream and fresh berries.
pound cake faqs
Add cream cheese to the butter when creaming. This makes for a dense, but soft and tender (not dry) pound cake.
Originally, pound cake was made with a pound of each of the ingredientsu002du002dflour, sugar, butter, and eggs.
In this recipe, no chemical leaveners (baking powder or baking soda) are required. The method of whipping air into the batter means the cake will rise with just the eggs in the recipe.
A couple of things to remember when baking this pound cake (or any pound cake):
- Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. No super cold butter here, but also don't leave your butter sit out too long or it will be greasy and not able to cream well with the sugar.
- When instructed to beat for 7 minutes, don't ignore this step or cut the time short. It means a world of difference between a well risen pound cake and one that's squat.
- Make sure to beat each egg in one at a time, allowing one minute for each to fully incorporate. Remember, there are no chemical leaveners in the recipe.
- The baking time is an estimated amount because of different pan sizes. Use a long skewer in between the middle of the pan and sides to check for doneness. If it comes out wet, add about 10-15 more minutes and check again.
- Allow to cool for about an hour in the pan before attempting to remove it from the pan and onto a wire rack to cool completely. Doing this will ensure it won't fall apart.
- If your pan is a little on the smaller side, you may need to add some of the batter to another pan, such as a small loaf pan. Otherwise, be prepared for some of the batter to ooze over the sides. I would suggest baking the cake on a larger sheet tray just in case.
- Experiment with flavorings. Don't like almond? Just use vanilla extract or beans. Or try chai, blood orange, coffee (using instant espresso powder). Add grated chocolate for a chocolate flecked pound cake. The options are endless!!
more gluten free bundt style cakes
- Pumpkin pound cake
- Apple bundt cake
- Chocolate fudge bundt cake
- Mini hummingbird bundt cakes
- Cranberry orange bundt cake
If you've never made a pound cake, start with this one. You'll wonder what took you so long!!
Perfect Gluten Free Pound Cake
- 1½ cups (12 oz or 339g) salted butter, at room temperature
- 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3 cups (600g) granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3 cups minus two tablespoon (402g) Kim's all purpose gluten free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoon almond extract
- Grease and flour a Bundt pan or tube pan and set aside.
- In bowl of electric mixer using paddle attachment, cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add sugar and when all sugar is added, increase speed to medium high and whip for 7 minutes until very light in color and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- On low speed, add eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Once all eggs have been added, scrape down sides of bowl and increase speed to about medium and whip for about 2 minutes.
- With mixer on low, slowly add flour into butter/egg mixture. Add extracts at the end. Don't overmix. Remove bowl from mixer and use a spatula to fold in any remaining flour that didn't get distributed.
- Bake at 300℉ for 1½ to 2 hours. Start checking at about the 1½ hour mark by inserting a long wooden skewer in the middle of the cake and if it still feels wet when removed, it needs to bake longer. After that, keep checking at 10-minute intervals.
- Remove cake from oven when skewer comes out with just a few crumbs attached to it. Set cake in pan on wire rack to cool for at least an hour. Then loosen it with a butter knife from the edges. Put a cake plate on top of the cake pan and holding both, flip it over so that the cake comes out of the cake pan onto the plate.
- Allow to cool completely and serve at room temperature.
Adapted from Southern Living's Cream Cheese Pound Cake