A lightened lemon pound cake made with whole wheat and Greek yogurt flavored with fresh lemons and toasted coconut.
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Lemon Pound Cake is the type of cake you want in your house when you are stuck inside from a snow storm. Not! It is so delicious you will eat it all. Lemon Pound Cake will, however, bring a bit of sunshine to your life. I just love how lemons and fresh lemon juice can transform any dish. Here in Georgia, we have had two snow storms within two weeks which meant no school or work. While it is fun for a day or two by day three, I am so ready for some sunshine, school and a trip to the grocery store. We always stock up but there is usually something I start to crave that we don’t have. I almost always have all the ingredients I need to make this scrumptious cake though. Coconut is a staple in the freezer and usually lemons in the fridge.
I took this Lemon Pound Cake with coconut to a get together and got rave reviews. It is moist, tender and full of lemony, toasted coconut flavor. What more could you want out of a cake? No, not chocolate (if that was what you are thinking)! When it comes to dessert, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate desserts. Bring on the fruit. I want carrot cake, fruit crumbles or cobbler, fruit tarts, fruit pies or Lemon Pound Cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate. If fact I love a nice piece of dark chocolate. I like to take tiny bites and savor the flavor of each dark chocolate morsel in my mouth. Yum, I can feel myself going to my happy place just thinking about it.
Ok, now I need to go in the kitchen and bake. Why did I forget to stock up on eggs? It might be time to see if the trick of using flax seed and water does work as an egg replacement. When I was stocking up in anticipation of the impending snow storm, I thought we had a dozen eggs. We only have 4, what a horrible mistake! If I use the eggs for a cake then we can’t have eggs for breakfast. Hmmm! That may not be a bad thing. Priorities – cake or scrambled eggs? I am leaning towards cake especially since I think we may be able to get to the grocery store tomorrow morning. We can have oatmeal for breakfast. Heck, if it’s another snow day, I may throw caution to the wind and let them eat cake for breakfast! These are trying times. I must bake!
So which camp do you fall into; fruit desserts or chocolate desserts? Either way you will enjoy a slice of this cake made a little healthier from whole wheat flour and unsweetened coconut.
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Lemon Pound Cake with Coconut
- 3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut , divided
- ¼ cup butter , softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs , set out for 30 minutes
- ¾ cup (90 grams) all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup (90 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ tsp . kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp . baking soda
- 3/4 cup non-fat lemon Greek yogurt , divided
- 2 tsp . lemon zest
- 6 tbsp . powdered sugar
- 2 tsp . fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Place coconut on baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
Slowly add the sugar and 2 tbsp. yogurt beating until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just blended.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, kosher salt and baking soda.
Add one third of the flour mixture and beat until just blended.
Add half the yogurt and mix until just blended.
Repeat step 6 and 7 and end with remaining flour.
Stir in lemon zest and ½ cup coconut.
Pour batter into the loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Cake is done when a wooden toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Place on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Remove cake from pan and place directly on wire rack to cool completely.
Stir together ingredients for glaze.
Drizzle lemon glaze over the cake and sprinkle with extra coconut.
Happy Healthy Eating,
Adapted from Southern Living
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