This is a guest post and dairy-free pound cake recipe by my friend Shirley Braden of Gluten Free Easily. Shirley has been gluten free since June 2003, allowing her plenty of time to perfect countless delicious recipes. Her passion is educating folks on gluten issues and showing how eating gluten free can be easy and delicious.
Since I eat gluten free, I love making and enjoying recipes that are naturally gluten free. That’s the backbone of my gluten free easily (gfe) approach. When eating dairy free, I like to do the same. So I cook and bake dairy free easily, or dfe, if you will.
When I was growing up, pound cake was a family favorite. Bake a good pound cake and you were loved by all! Seriously. There was no gift I could give my grandmother (my dad’s mom) that she would have preferred over my pound cake. Grandma loved pound cake, and she said mine were the best.
You see, before going gluten free, I made all kinds of pound cakes. There were classic pound cakes, orange pound cakes, lemon pound cakes, cream cheese pound cakes, chocolate pound cakes, and marble pound cakes, just to name a few. Some were baked in tube pans, and others were prettiest if cooked in Bundt pans. Some were 8-inch squares, but others were baked in loaf pans. Some were served plain, but some required a dusting of powdered sugar or a thin drizzle of icing. But, one thing they all had in common was how good they were. Everyone in my family and circle of friends had their own personal favorite of my pound cakes.
I had been gluten free for well over 6 years and had not found a really good gluten-free pound cake before I adapted this recipe from the Filippo Berio site (which, incidentally, was also the source of my gluten-free, dairy-free Mediterranean Chocolate Cake). Coming from a 150-year old olive oil company, olive oil was an obvious choice for the shortening. The other step to making this cake dairy free was equally obvious to me and actually ensured the success of this pound cake. I used full-fat coconut milk instead of dairy milk.
The first time I made this dairy-free pound cake was for my dad’s birthday a few years ago. Good thing the recipe made two loaves …
My son was home for the weekend and ended up eating almost one entire loaf by himself, and then even more later. He told me I should sell this dairy-free pound cake in individual slices for $4 or $5! “Mom, I’m serious. You could make a fortune,” he said.
Before my son headed home, he asked me to slice the remaining part of the loaf into individual pieces as a “to-go package” for easy eating while on the road. Then, he offered to deliver the remaining dairy-free pound cake loaf to Dad when he stopped by to say hello on his way out of town. Do I need to tell you what happened? He ate all of his to-go package before he arrived and then ate some more of Dad’s dairy-free pound cake when it was offered. In case you need any more endorsement than that, please know that this cake is very easy to make and both delightfully moist and dense. In a word, it’s perfect!
If you are a not a fan of pound cake as a dessert by itself, feel free to top a slice with some fresh fruit (e.g., strawberries for a strawberry shortcake-type dish). Or you can drizzle it with your favorite chocolate or fruit syrup. Another option would be to make an elegant pot of dairy-free chocolate fondue. It’s easy to cut pound cake into squares, skewer with a toothpick, and dip into thick chocolate fondue. Whichever way you decide to eat your dairy-free pound cake, enjoy!
Special Diet Notes: Perfect Dairy-Free Pound Cake
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.
- 2¼ cups gluten-free flour (see the Flour Note below)
- 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum (optional; see the Flour Note below)
- 1¼ teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup light olive oil (can sub coconut oil)
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I use my homemade vanilla extract)
- 3 large eggs
- ⅔ cup full-fat coconut milk (another non-dairy milk may be used, but full-fat coconut milk is by far the best choice in this recipe)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF (375ºF at higher altitude).
- Combine flour, xanthan gum, sea salt, and baking powder in an extra large measuring cup or separate bowl.
- Pour olive oil into large bowl, and slowly mix in sugar, orange juice, and vanilla extract.
- Add eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition.
- Add milk. Mix 2 minutes. Gradually add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mixing well.
- Pour batter into two greased loaf pans (see the Pan Note below).
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one of the pound cakes comes out clean.
Pan Note: The pans can be greased with whichever oil you use or sprayed with a non-stick spray. Two loaf pans are what the original recipe calls for and what I used. Don't worry too much over the size of the pans, although you may have to adjust cooking times. The original recipe called for 6¾" x 3½" x 2" loaf pans. I used 8½" x 4½" x 2⅝" pans.