Rich, buttery, and delightfully simple! A good pound cake is one of those desserts that can confidently stand alone. Once you try this pound cake recipe, you’ll never need any other!

Want a gluten free pound cake recipe that is full of flavor and has a tender crumb? This is it! Adding cream cheese for richness and a touch of lemon juice for tenderness is the trick to the best gluten-free pound cake.

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A great pound cake is hard to beat, but a bad pound cake…well, to me, that’s easy to pass on.

Many gluten free pound cake recipes (and classic pound cake recipes) end up dry and bland, which is why I went on a mission to create the best gluten free pound cake!

This recipe is silky-smooth, rich, and moist—thanks to cream cheese whipped into the batter! Since it doesn’t need frosting or any toppings, it’s great for cutting into thick slices and taking to a party or picnic.

Top this pound cake with fresh berries and cream, or serve it alone as a sophisticatedly simple dessert.

It might just become one of your new favorite desserts!

If you love desserts with strawberries and cream you also might like this gluten-free trifle or this gluten-free angel food cake.

Why You’ll Love this Gluten-Free Pound Cake Recipe

  • Buttery and moist
  • Rich flavor
  • Soft & smooth crumb
  • Not dry
  • Comes together quickly

Ingredient You’ll Need

The biggest trick to this gluten-free pound cake recipe is to use softened cream cheese to stabilize the crumb. It makes for the perfect texture and cake rise!

Pound cake ingredients

Here are a few more notes on the key ingredients. If you have any additional questions feel free to leave me a comment below!

  • Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour: This gluten-free cake turns out best when you use a high-quality 1:1 gluten-free flour blend. Look for a gluten free all purpose flour blend that contains xanthan gum so the cake has the structure it needs. This is my favorite brand for this recipe.
  • Cream cheese: Cream cheese adds stability and richness to create moist crumbs. Make sure it’s softened for best results!
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice adds a nice tang to the cake batter and helps to activate the baking powder, resulting in a lighter cake.
  • Baking Powder: I use a good amount in this recipe for the perfect rise.

How to Make Gluten Free Pound Cake

Pound cake dry ingredients in a bowl, and butter, eggs, and sugar in a second bowl
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 8 ½ by 4 ½-inch loaf pan and lightly coat the pan with flour. Tap out any excess flour. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • In the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the sugar, lemon juice, large eggs and room temperature cream cheese. Mix on medium speed for about 1-2 minute until well combined.
mixed pound cake ingredients
  • With the stand mixer or electric mixer running on low speed, slowly pour in the melted, unsalted butter. Continue to mix on low and add the dry ingredients a little at a time until fully incorporated and you have creamed butter. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and mix again until the batter is totally smooth.
Pound cake batter in a pan, and a baked pound cake in a pan
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 325F and continue baking for 35-40 minutes. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then run a knife down the sides of the pan and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Let the cake cool for 2 hours before slicing. Enjoy! 

Storage/Freezing Instructions

  • To store: Store your cake by covering the pan in plastic wrap, or by placing leftovers in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to two days.
  • To freeze: Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap, then store in the freezer for up to a week.

Gluten-Free Pound Cake Variations

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract for almond pound cake. 
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract and the zest of 2 lemons for lemon pound cake. 

Glaze Ideas

  • Simple glaze: 1 cup of powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon milk whisked together until smooth then poured over the cooled cake.
  • Lemon glaze: 1 cup of powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon lemon juice whisked together until smooth then poured over the cooled cake.
  • The glaze from the peanut butter glazed banana pound cake would also be delicious!

For more gluten-free cake recipes, try this gluten-free lemon cake, these gluten-free cupcakes or this gluten-free pineapple upside down cake.

This gluten-free pumpkin bread and gluten-free cranberry bread also have the perfect texture!

Pound cake slices stacked vertically on a table, with a hand picking up a piece

FAQs

What does lemon juice do to cake batter?

Lemon juice helps activate the baking powder in this recipe, to create a lighter and more tender crumb.

How is pound cake different from regular cake?

Pound cake is more dense and rich than regular cake, and doesn’t require any frosting. Most pound cakes are served plain, glazed, or topped with fresh fruit.

What is the difference between a bundt cake and a pound cake?

Bundt cakes can be any cake made in a bundt pan, while a pound cake is a more rich, dense type of cake made in a loaf pan.

A slice of cake on a plate, topped with strawberries and cream

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Lightly flour the pan for easy removal of the pound cake once it is baked!
  • Don’t forget to let the cream cheese soften to room temperature before adding it to the cake. This will make for a silky-smooth, stable pound cake recipe.
  • Pound cake can easily be eaten plain, but you can also top yours with whipped cream, berries, or even ice cream, if you’d like. You could also make a simple glaze with powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, or almond extract.

More Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try this pound cake, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

Sliced pound cake on a table
5 from 23 votes

Perfect Gluten-Free Pound Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Want a gluten free pound cake recipe that is full of flavor and has a tender crumb? This is it! Adding cream cheese for richness and a touch of lemon juice for tenderness is the trick to the best gluten-free pound cake.

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

Other:

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar 250 grams
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature, 113 grams
  • ½ cup butter melted, 113 grams
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 8 ½ by 4 ½-inch loaf pan and lightly coat the pan with flour. Tap out any excess flour.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the sugar, lemon juice, pure vanilla extract, eggs and cream cheese. Mix on medium speed for about 1-2 minute until well combined.
  • With the mixer running on low, slowly pour in the melted butter. Continue to mix on low and add the dry ingredients a little at a time until fully incorporated. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and mix again until the batter is totally smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F, then reduce the oven temperature to 325F and continue baking for 35-40 minutes. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then run a knife down the sides of the pan and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Let the cake cool for 2 hours before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

Don’t forget to let the cream cheese soften to room temperature before adding it to the cake. This will make for a silky-smooth, stable pound cake recipe.
Pound cake can easily be eaten plain, but you can also top yours with whipped cream, berries, or even ice cream, if you’d like.
Variations
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract for almond pound cake. 
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract and the zest of 2 lemons for lemon pound cake. 
Glaze Ideas
  • Simple glaze: 1 cup of powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon milk whisked together until smooth then poured over the cooled cake.
  • Lemon glaze: 1 cup of powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon lemon juice whisked together until smooth then poured over the cooled cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 664IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I'm here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

    1. I haven’t tried that myself but I think it should work! You’ll have to add 10 minutes or so to the bake time. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  1. Do u have a recipe for strawberry cake? I have trouble getting my cake layers to rise much. Would adding the Lemon juice help?

    1. I don’t have a recipe for strawberry cake yet but it’s on my list of recipes to create! 🙂

  2. Could I add some blueberries or blueberry compote for blueberry lemon pound cake without compromising the baking turnout?

      1. Yes! Just bake it in 2 loaf pans – you might need to add a few minutes to the bake time if you’re baking them together.

  3. I just made this with a carton of Ricotta cheese, at room temp… It turned out great… perfect pound cake… I did not have the cream cheese, so I thought I should try this! I glazed it while hot, with an orange liquor glaze: 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 stick butter, tablespoon of water and 1/4cup of orange liquor, heat til bubbling hot, and gently pour over cake… It only needed about half of the glaze. So good!

    1. That glaze sounds absolutely lovely! I bet the orange flavor was so good with it. Thanks for the idea!

  4. The gram weight of 1 cup of King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour is 120. Your recipe calls for 1 1/3 cups flour, which would be 160 grams, but your recipe states 200 grams! Since I always measure my flour by gram weight, which way is it??

    1. This is a very common question that comes up! I find that 1 cup of KAF weighs much closer to 150 grams. At the end of the day a cup measurement is subjective – and I think the manufacturer doesn’t realize gluten-free flour is denser than traditional wheat flour. Traditional wheat flour is 120 grams/cup. I like to make my recipes so they will turn out for both people using cup measurements and grams measurements. 200 grams is the most accurate amount and I recommend using that. It’s just I find 1 1/3 cup flour ends up weighing 200 grams for this brand of flour. I hope this helps!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing, thank you so much! I have one question, the recipe calls for the pound cake to be taken out of the pan after 10 minutes and put to cool on a rack. I wanted to make this in a disposable aluminum tin to give away, if I don’t take it out of the tin will there be a problem?

    1. Great question! That’s totally fine to let it cool in the disposable pan too! I’m sure the receiver will love it 🙂

  6. What about using Limoncello instead of lemon juice? I have been doing it for years and everyone loves my lemon pound cake?

  7. 5 stars
    This was soooo good. Scrumptuous. I tried a different recipe and it turned out awful, it was like a brick. Then I found your recipe and it was glorious. I added a lot of extra lemon b/c I love lemon. Thank you for your great pound cake recipe. This is definitely a keeper!

    1. 5 stars
      Good afternoon
      I tried this recipe several times. The pound cake is delicious. I have made it with lemon extract along with the vanilla. With this combination I added blueberries. I also made with bananas. It has been delicious. I am now making it again just plain but I will be cutting some of the sugar out because it is a bit to sugary for me. I am so glad that your heart is there to share with us that know less than you about gf. Thank you and continue to bring us more of your tested and tried recipes. You are a blessing to sooo many.

      1. All of those variations sound delicious! I’m so glad you like the recipe. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  8. Hello I was wondering if you could use dairy free butter and dairy free cream cheese in this recipe thanks so much.

    1. Yes! The consistency won’t be totally the same – but you can use Kite Hill cream cheese and Earth Balance buttery sticks to make this dairy-free.

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out well. There is a missing piece to cooking though. The first 15 minute bake time is missing. Then the temp is reduced from what??? to 325?

  10. In your comments above the recipe you specify BRM 1:1 flour and in the recipe itself you specify KAF Measure for Measure. Is one preferable to another or would either one work just fine? I have both on hand but am wondering if it makes a difference to use one over the other.

    1. Whoops! I meant to link to the KAF Measure for Measure in the post. That is my preferred flour – Bob’s will work great though too. Thanks for catching that!

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