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Delicious Light Dessert Recipes: How To Make Low Calorie Buttermilk Pound Cakes

Updated on February 1, 2012

How To Make 5 Individual Buttermilk and Vanilla Pound Cakes

This is a super easy, wonderfully versatile pound cake recipe because you can make 5 individual cakes and either give as gifts, freeze, or serve each one with a different topping.

These freeze extremely well. Wrapped in colored plastic wrap tied with a delicate bow, they also make pretty hostess gifts.

Add the recipe and perhaps a homemade sauce in a decorative container.


You will need five 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 inch loaf pans.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large eggs (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)
  • 1-1/3 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray (5) 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  3. Spoon flour into cup, level with knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.
  4. Place butter, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl or put in mixer bowl. Beat with mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add flour mixture and buttermilk to sugar mixture alternating – begin and end with flour mixture.
  7. Spoon the batter into 5 pans – bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes in pans on wire rack.
  9. Remove from pans.
  10. Cool completely on rack.

This recipe makes 5 loaves, 6 servings each.

144 calories per slice.

Tips On Baking Mini Pound Cakes

  • If you use pans that are not the size specified above, check sooner than the time given.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick to make sure they are done.
  • Pound cakes are generally kept very simple but you can poke holes in with a cake tester and then drizzle a thin icing or a liqueur over them for a simple topping.  The flavor of pound cake though needs to come through and not be overwhelmed by toppings so keep it light!
  • Pound cakes make an excellent way to serve strawberry shortcake.
  • Try some of the variations out there such as pumpkin pound cake or chocolate chip pound cake.
  • Try some of the various Bundt pans and be creative in your presentation.  Just remember to always check for doneness if using a different sized pan - with a cake tester or a toothpick.

Video on the Full Size Vanilla Pound Cake

Part 2 - Making The Pound Cake

Part 3 - Serving The Pound Cake

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much! I will check it out as well.

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      chris 7 years ago

      I tried your recipe and it was delicious i think you might like this website

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Oh you are too much! They are actually pretty dense so you'd have to pace yourself....but they are surely delicious with strawberries and a little dab of whipped cream. Now I'm making myself want one. They do freeze really well, too.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah, but knowing me, I'd try to eat all five!! lol

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      I'm sorry - they are a LIGHT recipe though so they are way better than 'regular' pound cakes! And they are smaller!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      I don't know why I punished myself by reading this - I told you I'm trying to avoid carbs!