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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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  1. 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.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a home run! Made this for Thanksgiving for some of us that can’t do a lot of sugar. The taste is delicious and my son, who is not a fan of non sugar desserts, loved it. We will be keeping this in our dessert book!

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for your lemon pound cake recipe, turned out delicious! I added a raspberry sauce swirl in mine, some extra lemon zest for some more zing and did some candied (keto) lemon slices on to. Also, I (read : my fiancé lol) was impatient to eat it so I put it out in the cold (thanks, Canada) to cool off quicker and it was cool in 30 mins. Glaze stayed on just fine! Mine baked in just about 60 mins, but I have a smaller oven which bakes faster than most.

    • 5 stars
      Effie, I’m just now seeing your comment (April 8, 2021), and I’m glad I saw it—I absolutely LOVE the combination of raspberry and lemon, but didn’t think about it for this recipe. Now that I’ve read your comment, I’m going to make it with a raspberry sauce swirl 🙂

      • 5 stars
        Hi Joyce, glad to help! I’ve used this recipe as a base for many variations and loved everything single one of them! I’ve done a marbled version by adding some cocoa powder in part of the batter & some dark chocolate chips, I’ve done a cinnamon version with candied ginger on top, I’ve done an almond & whiskey version with slivered almond on top. It’s a great recipe, thanks Carine!

    • If dry it can be for many reason like your almond flour is coarse or you used almond meal. You must use ultra thin almond flour in all my recipes. You may also have a wrong ratio of wet to dry ingredients. For example, coconut flour has 4 times more fiber than any other flour so if you added a little bit too much it will significantly dry out cake. Also use the scoop, pack, level up method to measure keto flours for precision, or weight. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  4. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing. I used swerve for my sweetener. Also used butter instead of coconut oil. Better than Starbucks. Yum

  5. 5 stars
    Your recipe was easy and my lemon loaf is moist, lemony, and
    delicious! I used butter instead of coconut oil and a bit more lemon sest. It is yummy! Thank you.

  6. Hi there!
    Can I use Carbquick instead of almond flour? As in this moment I do not have the amount required. Can I bake it in a fluted cake ring round form?

    • I am sorry to hear that. I didn’t try the recipe without coconut flour but maybe you can try to replace it by more almond flour, usually 3 to 4 times more almond flour so here 3/4 cup to 1 cup almond flour to replace the coconut flour should work. This said, the cake texture will be different probably less moist but good. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

      • I have no idea what I did wrong :(..
        I measured everything correctly. It taste good on the inside but once it finish cooking the outside hardened. It also didn’t rise.. I have a gas oven and the temperature is tricky. Think it’s time for me to catch an appliance sale

    • The nutrition panel won’t change with the glazing. The glazing is zero net carbs since its only water and sugar alcohol from erythritol. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  7. 5 stars
    amazing! moist, delicious, and everything i hoped it would be! i used butter, fresh lemon juice and fresh lemon zest. fantastic .. it’s truly just as tasty as Starbucks!
    PS- i had to bake it about 56 minutes in my toaster oven on convection setting.

    • I am so happy to read your feedback! But yes, toaster oven diffuse energy slowly and it can take longer to bake a cake with them. Enjoy the keto recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

  8. 5 stars
    This is a VERY good cake by any standard, keto or otherwise. The coconut flour helps create a consistently moist crumb, even over several days, so this is a great keeping cake. I used pre-squeezed lemon juice, so to sub for the zest I used some lemon extract (accidentally added more than I intended, but the flavour was still excellent). The icing glaze adds tartness. And because it’s a healthy choice, I didn’t feel guilty having a slice for breakfast! I plan to experiment with other flavour combinations because the base here is really good.

    • It is only if you intend to use the lemon zest, non organic lemons skin is treated with chemicals that are not safe to eat. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe, the cake is super easy and delicious! I find the taste of coconut oil a bit overpowering so I’ve been making it with butter 🙂

    • Thanks for the lovely feedback! You can use refined coconut oil it has no coconut flavor compared to unrefined coconut oil. Butter is a great option too. Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

      • hi, can i use a 8 inch round cake tin instead? I am planning to bake this for my mum’s birthday. Any changes to the temperature and baking time? Thank you

        • Yes that will work but it will bake faster since your pan is wide and the batter will be less thick. Use a skewer to check the baking time after 30 minutes, it is cooked when it comes out clean. Otherwise use my vanilla birthday cake recipe here, it is keto too. Enjoy and happy birthday to your mum, XOXO Carine

    • I didn’t try the recipe without coconut flour but you can’t replace coconut flour by same amount of almond flour, the recipe won’t work. Coconut flour is 4 times more absorbent so if you use almond flour you will need at least 4 times more to replace coconut flour but then the texture will be off and dry. Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

  10. 5 stars
    I really love this cake! I freeze it in and take a slice everyday to my work. I’m gonna make a 2nd one today with raspberry 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  11. 4 stars
    It was very good, moist.
    I had to add milk to the glaze to thin it out, it just clumped with only lemon and confection sugar. I used butter instead of coconut oil, unsure if that made the difference with when I sliced, kind of felt apart the more middle I cut into. I add blueberries when was a nice burst of flavor. The batter really looked perfect, not sure if I didn’t just bake it long enough despite following the toothpick rule.

    • Butter doesn’t firm up at room temperature in bread like coconut oil does. It can result in crumbly bread even more if you added fruits inside that will release moisture. I will definitely use coconut oil and if you want a blueberry pound cake follow my other recipe here. Enjoy! XOXO Carine

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