Sunday, March 4, 2012

Recipe: National Pound Cake Day

Happy National Pound Cake day, Fellow Foodies! Pound cake is traditionally made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar, but I’ve included a healthier alternative below in honor of the holiday!


Won’t Make You Gain a “Pound” Cake

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat cake flour
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (Or salt substitute)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 TBS light corn syrup
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar divided
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
To Make:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.
  2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all purpose-flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk whole eggs, buttermilk, oil, corn syrup, and vanilla in another medium bowl until well-blended.
  3. Beat egg whites in a third bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until light and foamy. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar until stiff glossy peaks form.
  4. Beat butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy. Add the remaining sugar and beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until pale and fluffy, approximately 4 minutes. Alternate adding the flour and buttermilk mixtures to the blended butter and cream cheese – until smooth. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites with a rubber spatula until just smooth (and no white streaks remain). Fold in the remaining egg whites. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake pound cake 1 hour to 1 hour and ten minutes – until a skewer inserted into it comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes; loosen the edges with a knife and turn out onto the rack to finish cooling. Let cool at least an hour before slicing.
Serves: 20

Per serving: 261 calories, 12g fat, 35 g carbs, 5g protein, 167 mg sodium (if using regular salt), 73 mg potassium

For comparison,traditional pound cake serving using 1:1:1:1 ratio : 355 calories, 21g fat, 27g carbs, 4g protein, 162mg sodium, 39g potassium


  1. Whole wheat cake flour...Zonya would be proud. I think you need a blog post on Zonya and all of her public television goodness.