A Simple and Easy Way to Create a Healthier Pound Cake
National Pound Cake day is March 4th, so why not bake a loaf for your friends and family to enjoy. The original recipe was created in the 1700’s and called for a pound each of the four ingredients (flour, sugar, butter and eggs). That’s how the name “pound cake” came to exist. Over the years, the recipe was reduced to a more sensible amount. Today, you can find pound cake mix in the baking aisle of your grocery store, which typically yields one loaf. However, if you still want to enjoy this delicious cake, but don’t want to pack on the “pounds” then we’ve got a healthy twist to this old classic.
Most box versions call for a ½ stick of butter. By reducing the butter to 1-2 tablespoons and adding one 6 ounce carton of flavored yogurt, you’ll cut the fat content and add some flavor. This also allows you to vary your flavors depending on your personal preferences. So why not give it a try.
Lemon Raspberry Pound Cake
1 box of Pound cake mix
2/3 cup non-fat milk
1-2 Tbsp. butter (softened)*
1 6 oz. lemon flavored yogurt
2-4 Tbsp. Powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
*One tablespoon of butter should be sufficient, but you can adjust accordingly.
We used Betty Crocker® pound cake mix and lemon flavored Yoplait® yogurt for our recipe.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray (or spray parchment paper and place in loaf pan for easy removal). Mix all ingredients and pour into loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes (check your cake mix box for the specific cooking time, as each brand may differ). When done, remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool, remove pound cake by pulling up on the parchment paper and setting on a plate. With a large spatula, lift the pound cake up and remove the parchment paper. Place pound cake on serving plate.
Mix ingredients for the icing to form a light glaze (check consistency – if too thick add a little water/lemon juice to thin out or more powdered sugar to thicken). Drizzle over top of cake and serve with fresh raspberries on the side.