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Buttery Vegan Pound Cake – Connoisseurus Veg

This vegan pound cake is rich, buttery, and full of flavor! Perfect for serving on it’s own, or with your favorite toppings. The best part: this delicious vegan loaf cake is super easy to make, requiring only eight ingredients and one bowl!

White wooden surface set with a bowl of strawberries, sliced vegan pound cake, and place of Vegan Pound Cake slices.

Creating recipes for vegan baked goods is tricky! This vegan pound cake is a prime example of that. I thought an eggless and dairy-free pound cake would be so easy. I was so wrong!

Over the past few months I’ve made many, many attempts, and failed many times while trying to create a vegan pound cake recipe. I have a massive stash of failed cakes in my freezer at this point (because even the fails, while not ideal, were still delicious).

I FINALLY got it right and I’m seriously delighted to finally be sharing the recipe today. This cake is delicious, moist, and perfectly textured.

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Partially sliced Vegan Pound Cake on a cutting board.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Vegan butter. You can find this near the regular butter at the supermarket. Look for brands like Miyoko’s and Earth Balance (I used Earth Balance to develop this recipe).
  • Sugar. Use organic sugar to keep the recipe vegan.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Vegan yogurt. Use any variety that’s unflavored and unsweetened.
  • Flour. We’re using all-purpose wheat flour for this recipe. I can’t guarantee results if you use any other variety.
  • Baking powder.
  • Baking soda.
  • Salt.

How It’s Made

The following is a brief summary of the process used to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar together. Make sure your butter has been brought up to room temperature before starting, and if you forget, use this quick hack to soften it up.
  • Beat in the vanilla and yogurt. It’s a good idea to also bring your yogurt up to room temperature before starting. Just microwave it briefly if you forgot to set it out!
  • Begin beating in the flour, in three or four increments. When you add the last of the flour, sprinkle the baking powder, soda and salt on top of it before beating it in.
  • Transfer the cake batter to a lightly oiled 9-inch loaf pan and bake the vegan pound cake for 50 to 55 minutes. It should be golden on top and a knife or toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean when it’s done.
  • Place your vegan loaf cake on a cooling rack and let it cool completely before removing it from the pan.
Vegan Pound Cake in a loaf pan on a cooling rack.

Tip: Be gentle when slicing your cake and use a very sharp knife. Because it’s made without eggs, vegan pound cake is a bit more delicate than traditional pound cake.

Variations

  • Vegan berry pound cake. Fold a cup of your favorite berries into the batter before transferring it to the pan. Try blueberries, raspberries, or chopped strawberries.
  • Chocolate chip pound cake. Fold a cup of vegan chocolate chips (try Enjoy Life Brand) into the batter before transferring it to the pan.
  • Flavored vegan pound cake. Replace the vanilla extract with a teaspoon of lemon extract, coconut extract, or a half teaspoon of almond extract.
  • Frosted pound cake. Top your cake with your favorite vegan frosting. Try my vegan chocolate frosting or vegan vanilla buttercream frosting.

Shelf-Life & Storage

To store this vegan pound cake, you can tightly cover it in plastic wrap in the original baking pan, or carefully remove it and place it in a sealed container or bag. It will keep at room temperature for about 4 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this cake be made gluten-free?

I’m not sure! An all-purpose gluten-free flour blend might work, but I haven’t tried it myself, so no promises.

Why is my pound cake so dense?

Pound cake is supposed to be pretty dense, but if yours turned out overly dense it’s likely due to dated baking powder and/or soda. Test your powder by sprinkling a small amount in a glass of water. Do the same for the soda, but using vinegar. Both should fizz. If either doesn’t throw it out.

It’s also possible that you used too much flour. Make sure you’re measuring your flour properly. Check out this guide if you’re not sure what that means.

How is vegan pound cake served?

It’s delicious on it’s own, or topped with some vegan ice cream, fresh fruit, or powdered sugar.

Close up of two Vegan Pound Cake slices on a plate.

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Two Slices of Vegan Pound Cake on a plate with strawberries.

Buttery Vegan Pound Cake

This vegan pound cake is rich, buttery, and full of flavor! Perfect for serving on it’s own, or with your favorite toppings. The best part: this delicious vegan loaf cake is super easy to make, requiring only eight ingredients and one bowl!

Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9
    tablespoons
    vegan butter,
    at room temperature
  • ¾
    cup
    organic granulated sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    (5.3 ounce or 150 gram) container
    unflavored and unsweetened vegan yogurt,
    at room temperature
  • 1 ¾
    cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½
    teaspoons
    baking powder
  • ½
    teaspoon
    baking soda
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Lightly oil the inside of a 9-inch loaf pan.

  3. Place the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Beat the ingredients together using an electric mixer (or stand mixer, if preferred) at high speed for a full 2 minutes, until creamy.

  4. Beat the vanilla and yogurt into the mixture for about 1 minute, until the ingredients are fully combined.

  5. Begin beating in the flour, adding it in 3 or 4 increments. After you add the last increment to the bowl, sprinkle the baking powder, soda, and salt on top of the flour before beating everything together. Beat the batter just until combined, and be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan.

  7. Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, until the top is golden and a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  8. Place the cake on a cooling rack and let it cool completely before removing it from the pan and slicing it.

Nutrition Facts

Buttery Vegan Pound Cake

Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/10 of recipe))

Calories 243
Calories from Fat 97

% Daily Value*

Fat 10.8g17%

Saturated Fat 3.2g16%

Sodium 240mg10%

Potassium 100mg3%

Carbohydrates 34.1g11%

Fiber 1.4g6%

Sugar 15.9g18%

Protein 2.6g5%

Calcium 71mg7%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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