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

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! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Pound Cake

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 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 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Add the lemon extract and beat to incorporate.
    5. 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.
    6. Add the lemon zest and beat on low to incorporate.
    7. 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.)
    8. 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.
    9. Evenly sprinkle half the blueberries over the batter in the pan.
    10. Top with remaining batter.
    11. Top with remaining blueberries.
    12. 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.
    13. 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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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 Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 4g

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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!!

    1. A very short time because once you put the baking powder into the presence of the liquid ingredients, it activates, and you want to make sure the bread is in the OVEN so the chemical reactions are taking place in the presence of heat.

  8. Looks great, my favorite blueberries are printed after raspberries. I’ll cook this recipe and I first opportunity. can also use frozen blueberries?

  9. Love blueberry + lemon anything, and lightened up is even better. I really, really like the layering idea to prevent berry drowning! Awesome planning. :)

  10. Giiiirl, you are speakin’ my love language. It’s hard to believe this moist, tender, gorgeous cake is made completely sans-butter. What’s easier to believe is that I’d eat the entire thing in one sitting, guilt-free of course :)

  11. Hi! This looks delicious. I just made your vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffins this morning and they were great! Everyone loved them! Question: Did you have to heat your coconut oil to use it? I’ve never baked with it before and mine (from Trader Joe’s) was solid so I used canola oil instead so as not to possibly ruin the recipe. Any advice? I’d like to try baking with coconut oil in the future. Thanks!!

    1. I keep my house warm enough usually that I don’t have to heat it, but if you do just microwave a big hunk in a microwave-safe bowl or jar for 10 seconds or (I don’t heat the actual jar because sometimes there’s metal on the labels and not good in the micro) and then just measure out until you have 1/2 cup liquid-state oil or whatever the recipe calls for. Just like you’d measure olive oil or vegetable oil, etc. You’re going to love baking with coconut oil!

  12. It’s the most amazing kind of oxymoron!!! LOVE THIS. I’d eat it all. Pound cake is the best, especially when it’s lighter. :)

  13. Oh that drizzle!! I just love blueberry and lemon together – so perfect in this pound cake Averie! Pinned!

  14. love love love the blueberry/lemon combo! this cake looks amazing & your pictures are beautiful as always!

  15. YUM! This is such a perfect alternative to the traditional, sugar laden, and loaded-with-fat, variety of blueberry and lemon pound cake. What I love is that even with the substitutions, the texture of this pound cake is perfect and just like the original!

  16. This looks beautiful and thanks for the tip! No more ugly blueberry cakes for me :) The colors look amazing! I always love your photos. Theyre so vibrant.

  17. Oh my goodness, lightened up pound cake, I love it! If anyone can do it, you can! Just gorgeous as usual!

  18. I, too, love the layered blueberry approach–why didn’t I think of that? Especially since I make blueberry pancakes by dropping the berries in after I pour the batter on the griddle. Yum.

  19. As winter draws nearer, I am craving some blueberries in my life. A hint of summer, if even just on my tongue, is so what I need right now.

  20. Averie, I can’t even count the number of recipes I made from your blog, and this just has to be next on my to-bake list! I love how detailed you are with you recipes and how you explain why this works and why this doesn’t. I’m kind of a baking nerd and like to understand the whys behind everything. I just recently put my passion to good use and started a blog! I only launched yesterday so its still pretty empty. Part of the decision came from the enjoyment I get by reading blogs like yours. I would be honored if you check out my first recipe.
    http://www.cleobuttera.com/desserts/molten-nutella-pops-first-blog-post/

    1. Thanks for being such a great supporter and I’m glad you like my details and style. Best of luck on your new blog…so exciting!

  21. OMG I want to reach through my screen and take a bite!!! I love the lemon blueberry combo, and I love that you lightened up a pound cake. GENIUS.

  22. This pound cake looks gorgeous, Averie! I love the combination of blueberry and lemon flavors. So perfect for breakfast, a mid-morning snack, or anytime in between!

  23. I love lemon desserts. but admit that I don’t eat them very often. And now I’m sad that I used all the blueberries the other day. I think that I’ll have to satisfy my love of lemon desserts and my husbands love for blueberries and bake this up!

  24. So with you on this – although eating a pound of butter is fun sometimes, I usually stick to recipes like this. Looks great!

  25. Averie, this pound cake looks just perfect! I’ve always heard not to bake with tub products, but you’ve proven that wrong… Butter has become so expensive, so I really appreciate an alternative when it comes to baking. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Tub products and baking, you’re so right…they can be temperamental. This recipe is written with that in mind; however not all are! So I definitely don’t recommend just swapping out the butter in every single recipe you know works great with butter. Baking can be such a trial and error game :)

  26. Weren’t we just commenting about fruit stained batter?!! Actually, the lack of blueberry stain in this beautiful loaf was the first thing I noticed. The layering is a great solution! This still looks like the texture of a regular pound cake even with a butter substitute. Sounds yummy too and is a fresh alternative to all the heavier winter and holiday recipes!

    1. Yes! When we were talking, I knew I had this post coming, and was like….she’s psychic. After all these years, you are. Sometimes you’ll mention something and I’ll think, funny, I just made something like that for my blog 2 days ago even though in real-time it may not go live for weeks/months.

      Actually, the lack of blueberry stain in this beautiful loaf was the first thing I noticed. <--- REALLY??? AWESOME!!

  27. Love blueberry and lemon combo and its a nice change of pace from many of the recipes circulating right now…something lighter and fresh it much appreciated as eggnog has begun hitting the store shelves..Help!! Brillant to layer the berries..great idea.

    1. Pumpkin, eggnog, mint/chocolate, stuffing, gravy, etc…NOTHING about this time of year is light. So I thought this would be nice :)

  28. It might be an oxymoron, but it’s my favorite kind! So light pound cake it is!
    This really does not look light at all. And I’m sure it doesn’t taste it, either.