Lemon pound cake

Fresh out of the oven...

Fresh out of the oven…

Yet another gem from chef Daniel Green’s excellent book “The Paleo Diet – Food Your Body Is Designed To Eat”, and a recipe I was very keen to get to grips with as part of my introduction to Paleo baking .






  • Juice and finely chopped zest from 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil, plus extra for greasing your cake tin (see notes)
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180 deg. C.
  • Prepare a 24cm round spring-form cake tin. Grease it up well with coconut fat, and line it with greaseproof baking paper.
  • Place the 2 flours in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • If needs be, melt your coconut fat and honey in a microwave or over low heat.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix the eggs, the lemon juice, and the lemon zest. Stir in the honey and the coconut oil. Mix well.
  • Add the “wet” mix to the flours, and whisk together until you have a smooth cake mixture.
  • Pour the cake mix into the cake tin. Work it with a rubber spatula until you have a smooth, even layer.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or thereabouts, or until the cake passes the skewer or any other test for “done-ness”.

Serving suggestions

With almond and coconut ice cream...

With almond and coconut ice cream…

  • Enjoy a good old wedge with a nice fragrant tea. I reckon a green tea is just about perfect, either a jasmine or a mint tea.
  • If you’re feeling decadent, have a muffin, too. Alternatively, have a handsome scoop of coconut and almond ice cream on the side.
With coffee and a blueberry muffin...

With coffee and a blueberry muffin…


  • I used Kung Markatta virgin coconut oil in the cake mix, and Alba Handels Cocos solid coconut fat for greasing the cake tin.
  • Mrs. Paleovirtus felt that next time the cake should be even more lemony, so I guess I’ll try doubling the amount of lemon juice and zest.
  • Both Mrs. Paleovirtus and Paleovirtus Jr. thought that the texture of the cake was a bit on the dense side. I’ll have to consult the bakers in the family, but I think I should simply add more eggs to the cake mix, or perhaps even some baking powder to give it a bit of a lift.

3 thoughts on “Lemon pound cake

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