This vanilla pound cake is especially delicious (and patriotic!) topped with some fresh, homemade whipped cream and berries!
For my friends and readers here in the States, this cake was made with 4th of July in mind. I’m bummed that the holiday will look a little different this year considering the pandemic. But I always love this special long weekend, because everything about it just feels like summer — the BBQs, the fireworks, hanging with family and friends. So I wanted to share this vanilla pound cake recipe because, when topped with homemade whipped cream and some fresh strawberries and blueberries, it’s such a great dessert to take to a future 4th of July cookout (or, for now, to enjoy in the comfort of your home).
First things first: did you know why pound cake is called pound cake? Because it calls for a POUND of each of its main ingredients — butter, flour, sugar, and eggs. Crazy, right?! I just learned that as I was doing my research for this post.
My recipe does not actually call for a pound of butter (or flour or sugar) because that just seemed like… a lot. And it definitely doesn’t call for a pound of eggs because, like all of my recipes, it’s an eggless take on a classic.
If you’ve never had pound cake, then you definitely need to try this recipe. It’s a dense and buttery eggless pound cake with just the perfect amount of vanilla flavor. And the whole process couldn’t be easier.
Why You’ll Love This Vanilla Pound Cake…
- It’s a one bowl recipe, meaning less dirty dishes!
- The texture is just so satisfying to me. As I mentioned above, it’s dense (so don’t expect a light and fluffy cake here), but it’s soft and definitely not dry, thanks to the addition of the Greek yogurt.
- There are so many fun ways to serve this one up. Instead of the whipped cream, you can dust some powdered sugar on top. And you can swap the berries for any fruit you like.
What You’ll Need…
- The fat: two sticks of unsalted butter give this pound cake that delicious buttery flavor and texture.
- The flavor: sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.
- The dry ingredients: flour for structure + baking powder and baking soda for leavening — traditional pound cakes do not include baking powder/baking soda, but mine does 🙂
- Instead of eggs: a whole cup of Greek yogurt is also not a conventional ingredient in pound cake, but it’s replacing the eggs in this recipe. It also helps with the moisture!
- To top it off: heavy whipping cream + sugar for homemade whipped cream, and some fresh strawberries and blueberries.
How To Make…
While I’ve read about a few different techniques when it comes to making pound cake, here’s mine. You’ll start by beating your softened butter for a few minutes until it gets lighter in color and is nice and creamy. Next, stream in the sugar while your mixer is still on and beat the two together for a few more minutes. You should have a nice and fluffy consistency.
Next, add your yogurt and vanilla extract and mix briefly to combine. Then just add your dry ingredients all right into the mixer and stir on the lowest speed until you have your batter. And… done!
Bake on 350ºF in a loaf pan for around 50 minutes. Allow your cake to cool completely before attempting to top it with whipped cream.
Speaking of which, while you can definitely call it good here and serve this eggless pound cake on its own, I highly recommend trying it with some homemade whipped cream. It really couldn’t be any easier — just beat heavy whipping cream (make sure it’s cold!) with a couple of tablespoons of sugar until you see stiff peaks forming. Spread on top of your cooled cake, then top with berries.
Vanilla Pound Cake – Gluten Free, Eggless
For the cake:
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup Greek yogurt room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups gluten free flour (I use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the whipped cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Slowly stream in the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy, another 5 minutes.
- Mix in the yogurt and vanilla extract. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir on low speed until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 48-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Allow the cake to cool completely before topping with whipped cream.
For the whipped cream:
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat heavy cream with the sugar until stiff peaks form.
- For the whipped cream, make sure the heavy whipping cream is cold for best results. Do not remove from the refrigerator until you are ready to get started
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