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Keto Poppyseed Pound Cake


This keto poppy seed pound cake is moist, delicious, and sure to be a fast favorite for breakfast or dessert. It’s a keto lemon poppyseed pound cake that combines the flavor of lemon and the texture of poppy seeds beautifully.

Every bite of this low-carb poppy seed pound cake delivers a zing of lemon and the perfect crunch courtesy of the poppy seeds. 

Using the base of our popular almond flour keto cream cheese pound cake I was able to easily achieve a poppy seed cake that was not only low in carbs but guaranteed to be flat-out delicious! 

If you’re needing a tree-nut-free option you can use the base of our coconut flour keto cream cheese pound cake and then follow the other steps in this recipe.  Bottom line, I’ve given you no excuse as to why you can’t enjoy a poppy seed keto dessert.




Keto Poppyseed Pound Cake

Keto Poppy Seed Lemon Pound Cake

There is no denying that we here at FITTOSERVE love our pound cakes, with a complete keto pound cakes collection as proof. 

Honestly, it’s because pound cakes are not only easy to whip up but can be enjoyed with a simple cup of coffee are fancied up with some berries and whipped cream. It really is the perfect no-fail keto dessert. 

This will be the first time we make a keto-friendly poppy seed pound cake and it’s incredibly moist and has the perfect crumb. 

I love how the lemon flavor is balanced with the rich taste of butter and how the use of both vanilla and lemon extract gives it a unique depth. 

If that’s not enough, I have added a tiny amount of culinary lavender, totally optional, that takes it to even greater culinary heights. 

How To Make A Keto Poppy Seed Lemon Pound Cake

Keto poppy seed lemon pound cake ready to be glazed with lemon icing

Keto poppy seed lemon pound cake ready to be glazed with lemon icing

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The making of this gluten-free poppy seed pound cake is pretty straightforward. It’s simply a matter of measuring almond flour that has been sifted and combining it with the baking powder, salt, and set it aside.

Then you’ll move on to creaming the softened cream cheese, butter with the granulated sugar substitute of your choice.

To the creamed ingredients you’ll mix in the eggs and then you’ll combine both the wet and dry ingredients, add the extracts, poppy seeds and pour into an 8X5 prepared baking pan.

Off to the oven, it goes, and once it’s been allowed to cool you add the easy lemon glaze while it’s still slightly warm.

Ingredients And Material Needed

The following are all the ingredients needed. Note that the full printable recipe is at the bottom of the post.

Best Sugar-Substitutes For Sugar-Free Poppy Seed  Pound Cake

keto poppy seed pound cake cooling on a baking rack

Keto poppy seed pound cake cooling on a baking rack

My top choice is a monk fruit/erythritol blend. My personal favorite is Lakanto’s brand. But you can also use Swerve an erythritol sugar substitute. 

You could also use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure for most of my baked goods. However, if using Pyure you will want to use half the amount called for in this recipe since it’s a much sweeter choice. 

But if stevia is your preferred choice then feel free to use the Pyure brand.

When it comes to icing you will have to use a confectioner’s sugar substitute. Both Lakanto and Swerve have great ones.

Lastly, if you can’t easily resource a more natural sugar substitute you can also use Splenda with great success.

If using Splenda, it needs to be the one that has a bulking agent. This is the one that comes in large bags. I don’t recommend Splenda Bake because it’s actually half sugar half sucralose product. 

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keto lemon poppy seed pound cake sliced and ready to serve

Keto Poppy Seed Lemon Pound Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This keto poppy seed pound cake combines the flavor of lemon and the texture of poppy seeds for one delicious low carb poppy seed pound cake!


Lemon Glaze Topping:


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl measure and sift the almond flour and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using an electric mixer add the softened cream cheese, butter and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  4. To this add the sugar substitute and combine well.
  5. Then add the eggs one at a time, making sure that it is fully incorporated.
  6. Next stir in the sifted almond flour, salt, baking powder, lemon zest and mix well.
  7. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon extract, and beat until the batter is fully mixed.
  8. Fold in the poppy seeds and culinary lavender if choosing to add.
  9. Pour cake batter into an 8 x 5-inch loaf pan or one 8-inch cake pan.
  10. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Allow the cake to cool on a baking rack for at least 15 minutes before drizzling the lemon glaze to the pound cake.
  12. Sprinkle the teaspoon of poppy seeds over the top of the pound cake.
  13. Allow cake to fully cool before slicing and enjoying.
  14. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.

Keto Lemon Glaze

  1. Combine the confectioner's sugar substitute with fresh lemon juice.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the slightly warm cake.


If you are wanting a tree nut-free option, you can make this keto coconut flour cream cheese pound cake as the base for this poppy seed cake.

If making the coconut flour version, note that it makes a slightly larger loaf a 10x5 inch option.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 29.8gSaturated Fat: 10.8gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 4.2gNet Carbohydrates: 1.7gFiber: 2.5gSugar: 1.5gProtein: 5.3g

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