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Keto Lemon Pound Cake

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Learn how to make this Keto Lemon Pound Cake! An easy coconut flour cake with a delicious buttery texture and tangy lemon flavor.

This delicious keto lemon bread contains only 3.9 grams of net carbs per slice, and it is a delicious treat to pair with a cup of my bulletproof coffee for breakfast.


Is Lemon Pound Cake Keto?

Classic Lemon Pound Cakes aren’t keto-friendly because they’re made with sugar and all-purpose flour. Two ingredients that are full of carbs.

But this Keto Lemon Pound Cake is very much keto-friendly.

It uses only keto-friendly ingredients such as almond flour and coconut flour, this keto pound cake has only 3.9 grams of net carbs per slice!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

There is no need to be on a keto diet to appreciate the moist and buttery texture of a keto lemon cake.

This cake is also:

  • Gluten-Free
  • Keto-Friendly
  • Low-Carb
  • Paleo
  • Dairy-Free
Pouring glazing on the keto lemon pound cake

How To Make This Keto Lemon Pound Cake

This lemon keto cake recipe has only a few ingredients and steps to follow.

It does not require fancy pieces of equipment or ingredients, and you will quickly make this recipe in 15 minutes of prep.


First, let’s have a look at what you need.

  • Eggs – a delicious buttery and moist pound cake that has eggs. Please stick to the recipe and do not try to substitute eggs in this recipe.
  • Almond Flour – you can also use almond meal if desired but ultra-fine almond flour is the best option. To learn more about keto flour, read my keto flour guide!
  • Coconut Flour – as always in keto baking-uses fresh flour with no lumps for perfect results.
  • Coconut Oil – or melted butter if preferred.
  • Lemon Juice – fresh is the best if you can. Lemons are great keto-friendly fruits! If you don’t have a juicer, read my guide on how to juice a lemon without a juicer.
  • Lemon Zest – this is optional. I recommend you use untreated organic lemon if you intend to use the zest. This avoids adding nasties to your cake. A few drops of the lemon extract also work!
  • Sugar-Free Crystal Sweetener – as always I love to use a crystal blend of Monk Fruit sweetener and erythritol, but powdered erythritol or Xylitol also are great options. Check out my review of keto-friendly sweeteners to convert from one to another.

Baking The Keto Lemon Bread

Next, let’s talk about the most important part of this recipe: ingredient temperature.

While this is a very straightforward keto lemon pound cake recipe there is one trick!

You must use eggs at room temperature. In fact, baking with coconut oil involves using ingredients at room temperature.

The reason is pretty simple, coconut oil gets solid under 76°F (24°C).

It means that if your eggs are straight out of the fridge they will create lots of coconut oil lumps.

The best is to store your eggs out of the fridge the day before or at least 4 hours before making this recipe.

Otherwise, use melted butter instead of coconut oil. This will not happen with butter.

For more tips on never failing a keto recipe, have a look at my keto baking guide, I share in this ebook all my tips and secrets to never failing a recipe!

Slices of keto lemon pound cake

Storage Instructions

This keto lemon bread can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

You can also freeze this almond flour pound cake. First, slice the whole cake into 16 slices. Then, freeze the keto lemon loaf into a zip-lock bag or in an airtight container.

Make sure the slices do not overlap, it makes it easier to defrost one by one.

Finally, defrost your slices the day before at room temperature.

The next day, toast the slices in the toaster if you like. Of course, if you freeze your sugar-free lemon cake with the frosting on top don’t bring it to the toaster.

Enjoy plain or spread some sugar-free jam on top.

keto lemon pound cake slices

Frequently Asked Questions

Is This Keto Lemon Pound Cake Healthy?

This is probably the healthiest coconut flour lemon cake recipe you will find around. Let me tell you why. First, it is sugar-free, low-carb, and dairy-free, yes eggs are not dairy.

Dairy products come from bovine animals only include milk, cream, butter, and cheese. So, this keto lemon bread is dairy-free meaning it is easy to digest.

Next, it is a high-protein cake perfect to serve at breakfast or for a fulfilling afternoon tea. Proteins keep you full for longer and you won’t feel hungry after one slice.

Finally, it is a gluten-free lemon cake high in fiber from coconut flour. Fibers are part of healthy gut health and stabilize blood sugar levels.

How Many Carbs Are In Keto Lemon Bread?

This keto lemon pound cake has only 3.9 grams of net carbs per slice.

Keto Lemon Pound Cake

Enjoy the delicious paleo lemon cake recipe and if you make this don’t dig in too fast. Take a picture of your creation and share it with me on Instagram. 


Keto Lemon Pound Cake

3.9gNet Carbs
This keto lemon pound cake recipe has only a few ingredients and steps to follow. It doesn't require fancy equipment or ingredients and you will quickly and easily make this in 15 minutes.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Cool 1 hr
Total: 2 hrs 5 mins
Yield: 16 slices
Serving Size: 1 slice


Net Carbs 3.9g
Fat 10.9g
Protein 4.4g
Calories 174kcal
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Lemon glazing

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper. Slightly oil the paper to make sure the pound cake doesn't stick to the pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar-free crystal sweetener, melted coconut oil (or butter), and lemon juice. Ensure that your coconut oil is not burning hot, or it will 'cook' the eggs and create lumps. All your ingredients must be roughly at the same temperature, think room temperature, especially the eggs and lemon juice. Cold ingredients just out of the fridge will solidify the coconut oil creating oil lumps. Otherwise, use melted butter to prevent this to happens. Set aside.
  • In a different large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, and baking powder. Stir to combine the flours evenly.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients onto the dry ingredients.
  • Stir all the ingredients together with a baking spoon until it forms a thick cake batter with no lumps. Combine for at least 2 minutes to make sure the coconut flour fiber absorbs the moisture.
  • Transfer the cake batter onto the loaf pan. Make sure you are using the same loaf pan size, or it will impact your baking time.
  • Place the loaf pan in the center of your oven and bake at 180°C (350°F), fan-forced mode, if you can, for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, decrease the temperature to 160°C (320°F) and cover the loaf pan with a loose piece of foil. This will prevent the top from burning, and the middle will bake slowly. Keep baking for 45-60 minutes in total, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pound cake comes out with little to no crumbs on it.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan, then lift out the pound cake from the pan using the parchment paper.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. It is a thick cake, and it usually takes 3 hours to fully cool. Be patient and add the lemon glazing on the cake when it reaches room temperature, not before!

Lemon glazing

  • To make the lemon glazing, whisk together the sugar-free powdered erythritol with lemon juice until no lumps remain. If needed, add more lemon juice to get a thinner glazing or more powdered sweetener to get thicker glazing.
  • Drizzle over the cooled pound cake.
  • You can place the cake for a few minutes in the freezer to set the glazing if too runny.
  • Store your cake in the pantry on a cake box for up to 3 or 4 days. Slice before serving to keep the cake moist.
  • Enjoy as breakfast, teatime, plain, or with sugar-free chia seed jam.

How to freeze your pound cake?

  • Slice the cake into 16 slices before freezing. Freeze the cake in an airtight box, making sure the slice doesn't overlap, or place a piece of parchment paper between each slice to make it easier to defrost individually. Defrost the slice the day before at room temperature, on a plate, don't overlap the slices.
  • The next day, you can toast the slices in a toaster before serving.
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Nutrition Facts
Keto Lemon Pound Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.9g17%
Carbohydrates 5.1g2%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 1.1g1%
Protein 4.4g9%
Net Carbs 3.9g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    259 Thoughts On Keto Lemon Pound Cake
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you once again for another fabulous, sugar-free recipe! This was our Easter dessert this year. I served it with fresh strawberry sauce (chopped strawberries macerated with Lakanto granular) and it was a hit with my family. So good, thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I wanted to thank you for this! I havenhad desserts in month and I loved this lemon loaf just like my favorite from Starbucks.

    The onnly thing is I ate at night and I had
    a lot of acid reflux heartburn and scalded tongue, could this be for any of the ingredients?


    • I am happy you love the recipe. I am not a doctor so I can’t recommend on health issue, acid reflux often comes from the combination of food you eat in a day, it’s hard to tell if it’s because you eat this cake or other food in the day.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this cake today and added some chopped apples. It turned out brilliant. Thanks for this recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this cake tonight and it was delicious! Definitely a keeper that I plan to make often. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    This turned out incredible! My dad’s favorite dessert is lemon pound cake, so I was hesitant to try to make a keto version as I didn’t think anything could quite compare to the real thing, but this did not disappoint. I used butter and doubled the lemon zest and my whole family loved it – you can’t tell that it is keto and it doesn’t have any lingering coconut flavor. I also used a mini bundt pan (7x7x4) to bake and it worked perfectly.

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for this recipe. It’s my stable Sunday bake for delicious deserts all week. I don’t add lemon zest but instead 1 tsp lemon extract for that extra lemon flavour. Such a wonderful cake. Thanks,Nicole

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks Carine for sharing this recipe
    I made it and my hubby loves it amazing recipe and healthy especially I love the aroma of lemon, I will save this recipe and will make it again

  8. 5 stars
    If it was not for you I would have never been able to get back to my keto lifestyle, your crumb cake has done it for my sweet tooth and your recipes are the most delicious and spot on. I would rate you at the top of all recipes for Keto. Thank you

  9. 5 stars
    This was great- my husband couldn’t even tell I didn’t use traditional pound cake ingredients.
    thanks so much for sharing this recipe

  10. Looks amazing! One question, I only havw Lokanto monk fruit sweetener, how much of that should I be using?

  11. 5 stars
    Thank you for your recipe.
    I made cupcakes instead of a loaf cake as they bake faster and easier to portion.
    Baked it at 180c for 10 mins then 160c for another 15 mins and they were done.
    I did read a comment saying they won’t rise but they did rise with me as other keto cupcakes. I used erythritol and butter.
    So yummy. I found the cupcake needed more lemon flavour so I made the drizzle 1:1 ratio lemon juice and powdered erythritol and it fixed it. Seemed runny but it solidified within seconds after drizzling.
    Next, I’ll try your orange version.
    My question is, why is 1 slice of your lemon cake contains 3.9 carb while orange contains 3.2? I thought orange juice would have more carb than lemon and all the rest of ingredients are identical

  12. 5 stars
    I’m disappointed, it just doesn’t taste right to me. I’m not sure what the problem is. I only used 1/2 a cup of monk fruit sweetener because I thought it would be too sweet otherwise, so maybe this was the problem. Maybe I just don’t like the taste of monk fruit. I noticed the recipe didn’t call for salt, so maybe that’s it. Other than the off taste, it seems perfect.

  13. 5 stars
    To decrease the high saturated fat content of the cake, can the coconut oil be replaced by, for example, olive oil?
    Great recipes you have here! Thanks!

    • It will come out very dense and taste a lot like olive if you use olive oil. I wouldn’t recommend that. On a keto diet we focus on eating overall fat and saturated fat from coconut oil or MCT are actually a great fat source for us, they are Medium Chain triglycerides fat. Enjoy

  14. I would like to make a vegan version of this cake. I usually substitute eggs for psyllium husk. Would you recommend using psyllium husk as the egg replacer?

  15. 5 stars
    This is one of the best, if the THE best, low-carb cakes I’ve tried so far. The only downside is, I had a hard time keeping my hands off! 😀
    Thank you so much for this recipe.

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