The Speckled Palate
June 29, 2015

Berry Pound Cake

Finish your summertime patriotic feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. This pound cake, which is completely dairy free, makes a perfect dessert for a warm summer’s day.

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer's day.

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It should be no surprise that I’m adoring all kinds of fresh berries while the summer months are upon us. I mean, have a look at these recipes I’ve made recently.

Berries are my favorite, and I knew I wanted them to play a part in my July 4th dessert this year.

The question was how to make a recipe that was simple, easy to make in advance and refreshing but not as simple as serving fresh berries in a bowl and calling it a day.

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer's day.

I found the answer in this ultra-moist pound cake, which is dairy free. (High-five for dairy free desserts!)

… Then I went and served with homemade whipped cream.

Once again, my mother was called in to help make this because, as previously discussed, whipped cream is not my forte. However, if you’re avoiding dairy products, I suggest chilling a can of coconut cream and whipping it up to make whipped coconut cream. Use the same technique and add the powdered sugar, and you’ll be set.

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer's day.

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Finish your patriotic summertime feast on the lighter side with this Berry Pound Cake, chock full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer's day.

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Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer's day.
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Berry Pound Cake

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. The perfect dessert for a warm summer's day.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Pound Cake

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries , tossed in 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Blueberries and Strawberries , sliced

Strawberry Puree

  • 1 cup strawberries , blended
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • A pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

Make the strawberry puree

  1. In a blender, combine the strawberries and the sugar. Blend until pureed and smooth. Set aside.

Make the pound cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with baking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, measure the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until incorporated. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sugar together until smooth.
  4. Pour in the almond milk, olive oil and the vanilla extract, whisking until well incorporated.
  5. Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, folding them into the batter until smooth.
  6. Pour the strawberry puree into the batter, folding it until the mixture is combined.
  7. Add the blueberries to the mixture, folding the berries into the batter until just mixed in.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, then insert a knife or a toothpick to check the doneness. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, checking every 10, until the pound cake is cooked through.
  10. Let the pound cake come to room temperature.

Make the whipped cream

  1. In a medium-sized glass bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer at a high speed.
  2. Sprinkle in the powdered sugar and the salt as the cream is being whipped.
  3. When it reaches the desired consistency, stop the hand mixer. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap until time to serve.

Serve the pound cake

  1. Slice the room temperature pound cake.
  2. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries sprinkled on top.

Recipe Notes

To make this recipe completely dairy free, whip cold coconut cream with a hand mixer.

Are you a big berry fan during the summer months, too?

What do you plan to serve for dessert on July 4th?

10 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Mmmmmm this sounds incredible! I love pound cake and anything that involves berries. I’ll take a slice, please!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jenna! I totally agree with you — anything involving berries and pound cake always sounds good to me! And if I could send you a slice, I would!

  2. Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    Erin, your pound cake recipe looks so moist and yummy! Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

    • Erin

      Thank you, Lecy! It’s SO moist and yummy! I hope you love it like we did!

  3. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Would it be wrong to eat this cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? That’s my current plan! 😉

  4. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Oooh, incorporating that strawberry puree sounds absolutely heavenly!

  5. Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    This is such a beautiful bread!

  6. Dee

    I would have so many slices of this gorgeous bread. It looks incredible!

  7. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    I love that the berries are baked right in there!

  8. Cookin Canuck

    Berry season makes me so happy! I can practically taste this pretty pound cake.

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