Lightened Up Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake

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Glazed Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake — Each bite is studded with juicy blueberries, and the sweet-tart lemon glaze takes this pound cake to the next level! Say goodbye to dry, flavorless pound cakes! 

Healthier Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake — The blueberry-lemon combo is always a win, and so is pound cake that won’t break your caloric piggybank. This Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake is a keeper!

Easiest Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake 

Light pound cake. How’s that for an oxymoron? Since most of us can’t afford to eat a pound of butter and a pound of sugar, this is the next best thing. This is butter-less pound cake, for real.

Instead of butter, I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread. It’s made with simple ingredients and has a fresh buttery taste. Not only that, I used their new Light version that’s sold in a tub.

As long as I was skipping the butter, I decided to go all out and really lighten up this easy lemon blueberry cake and the results are impressive. 100% taste, 0% artificial preservatives with 0g of trans fats per serving.

After baking, I drizzled lemon pound cake glaze over the top. There’s so little fat in the cake and the glaze provides wonderful moisture and boosts the overall lemon flavor. I enjoy taking glaze and spreading it onto the cut surface of the cake like spreading butter on toast. So good that way.

The blueberry-lemon combo is always a win. And so is pound cake that won’t break your caloric piggybank.

Glazed Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake — Each bite is studded with juicy blueberries, and the sweet-tart lemon glaze takes this pound cake to the next level! Say goodbye to dry, flavorless pound cakes! 

What’s in Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake? 

To make the lemon blueberry loaf, you’ll need:

  • Granulated sugar
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread
  • Eggs
  • Lemon extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Lemon zest
  • Blueberries

And for the lemon glaze for the pound cake, you’ll need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Glazed Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake — Each bite is studded with juicy blueberries, and the sweet-tart lemon glaze takes this pound cake to the next level! Say goodbye to dry, flavorless pound cakes! 

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

This homemade lemon blueberry pound cake recipe couldn’t be simpler to make! Here’s an overview of the recipe: 

  1. Beat together the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs in one at a time, followed by the remaining wet ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir until just combined. 
  4. Turn the batter into the pan, then sprinkle with blueberries.
  5. Bake the lemon blueberry cake until a toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. 
  6. Allow the lemon blueberry pound cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before turning it out to cool completely on a rack before glazing.

Glazed Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake — Each bite is studded with juicy blueberries, and the sweet-tart lemon glaze takes this pound cake to the next level! Say goodbye to dry, flavorless pound cakes! 

Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Blueberries? 

This lemon blueberry loaf is packed with blueberries and I used frozen because at this time of year fresh are hard to come by, and super pricey. I almost always bake with frozen fruit because it saves money. I stash it in my freezer and break it out on a rainy day.

Can I Use Real Butter in This Recipe? 

If you’d rather make a classic lemon blueberry loaf, you may substitute an equal amount of butter for the buttery spread. Bring the butter to room temperature before beginning the recipe.

Or, try making my Better-Than-Starbucks Copycat Lemon Loaf instead. It doesn’t contain blueberries, but I bet you could add them in! 

Can the Lemon Extract Be Substituted? 

No, the lemon extract is an essential ingredient and cannot be omitted or substituted. Lemon oil isn’t a good substitute, nor is lemon juice (which would make the batter more acidic and alter the texture). 

Healthier Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake — The blueberry-lemon combo is always a win, and so is pound cake that won’t break your caloric piggybank. This Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake is a keeper!

How to Store Pound Cake

The pound cake will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 6 months (don’t glaze it until you plan to serve it if you’re going to freeze it).

Tips for the Best Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

I used a new technique to get the blueberries into the pound cake batter to prevent all of the batter from turning that unappealing shade of murky blue-green-gray that’s prone to happening with blueberry goodies.

I layered in half the (blueberry-less) batter into the loaf pan, sprinkled with half the blueberries, topped with the remaining half of the batter, and sprinkled on the remaining half of the blueberries. This worked so well and I’m doing this from now on!

The layering accomplishes three things: it helps prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom, it prevents the batter from turning blue-green-gray, and there’s a nice pop of blueberries on top for visual appeal.

Glazed Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake — Each bite is studded with juicy blueberries, and the sweet-tart lemon glaze takes this pound cake to the next level! Say goodbye to dry, flavorless pound cakes! 

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Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

By Averie Sunshine
Each bite is studded with juicy blueberries, and the sweet-tart lemon glaze takes this pound cake to the next level! Say goodbye to dry, flavorless pound cakes! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10
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Ingredients  

Pound Cake

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread – Original or Light, I used Light*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen tossed in 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (if using frozen, leave them frozen and do not thaw)

Lemon Glaze

  • about 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • about 1 to 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions 

Make the Pound Cake:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F and spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) , add the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread, sugar, and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl and with the mixer running on low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add the lemon extract and beat to incorporate.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, optional salt, and beat on low until just incorporated, about 1 minute; don’t overmix.
  • Add the lemon zest and beat on low to incorporate.
  • Turn half the batter out into prepared pan; setting pan and remaining batter aside. (In the steps below, you’re layering in half the batter, half the blueberries, remaining half of the batter, remaining half of blueberries. This helps prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom, prevents the entire batter from turning blue-green-gray, and provides a visual appeal of berries on top of cake.)
  • To a small bowl, add the blueberries, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon flour, and toss with your fingers or a spoon to coat. Flouring the blueberries helps prevent sinking while baking.
  • Evenly sprinkle half the blueberries over the batter in the pan.
  • Top with remaining batter.
  • Top with remaining blueberries.
  • Bake for about 70 to 75 minutes (I used frozen and baked 74 minutes; baking time will likely be less if using fresh berries), or until a toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. At the 60-minute mark, I recommend tenting the pan with a sheet of foil (loosely drape a sheet of foil over pan) to prevent the top and sides from over-browning before the center fully cooks through.
  • Allow cake to cool in pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before turning it out to cool completely on a rack before glazing. While cake cools, make the glaze.

Make the Glaze:

  • To a small bowl, add the lemon juice, confectioners’ sugar, and whisk until smooth and combined, noting you may have to play with the sugar (or lemon juice) amounts slightly to achieve desired glaze consistency.
  • Evenly (and liberally; I used much more than the photos show) drizzle glaze over bread before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • *Butter: If desired, you can replace the buttery spread with real butter. Use an equal amount and bring it to room temperature before beginning the recipe.
  • Storage: Bread will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 6 months (don’t glaze it until you plan to serve it if you’re going to freeze it).

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 173mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 33g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. I’m absolutely going to make this and use monkfruit sweetener in place of regular sugar. I already use the I can’t believe it’s not butter but I do need to buy more blueberries and lemon extract. I just made your blueberry pie bars and used them all up, using my monkfruit as well, the bars are cooling! This diabetic baker is a very happy girl, a big thank you!

  2. I am new to baking. Never heard about lemon extract. Is it in the baking aisle in the stores. I would like to try this receipe.

  3. This looks great. Same as Pamela, I was curious about the amount of butter to use. I have fresh lemons, is that OK to use instead of lemon extract? Sorry, but I’m still somewhat new to baking.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. Now I can buy my ingredients and give it a try tomorrow. Thanks again!

  4. I’ve never been crazy about these tubs of “butter” either for eating and especially for baking. After I made this cake I have no clue what I would do with the rest of it. However, I love the look of this cake. Do you have any idea how to put the real butter back into it? I’m not worried about it being “lite”, I’d rather it have top notch ingredients in it and enjoy one piece than other things so I could  eat 4 pieces.  It seems crazy to invest in the very best ingredients, farm fresh eggs, top notch flavorings from Penzy’s and King Arthur, freshly picked berries and then use this butter stuff out of a tub. If you know the recipe with regular butter I’d love to hear how to do it. Thanks

    1. I’d just use regular butter in place of the buttery spread I used and see what happens. That would be my jumping off place suggestion but I haven’t tried it this way personally.

    1. My guess is that it would be fine and I’d use the same amount as I did but being that I haven’t tried it personally I can’t say for sure. LMK how it goes!

  5. Is it possible to use any type of margarine in this recipe or does it have to be “I can’t believe it’s not butter”

    1. Probably would be fine but I haven’t personally tried so cannot say for sure from personal experience.

  6. Made this earlier this week, and it’s tasty! I wanted to let your readers know (for those who peruse the comments section) that I made mine in an 8×4 pan and when I checked it at 1 hour, it was done. I probably could have gone with 55 minutes. Usually my oven seems to require more time than your recipes, Averie, so this surprised me–anyway, bakers, checking this recipe earlier rather than later is a good plan. :)

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and thanks for sharing your results with baking time. All ovens, batters, climates, etc vary and with any baking, just about the time you think you can coast, you can’t and need to check things :) Glad you did and glad it all worked out okay!

  7. This is currently baking in the oven…..and HOPEFULLY it turns out as gorgeous and delicious as yours looks! I’m slightly worried about the look of it because I got messy with the layering…but we shall see!!