Coffee Cake Friday: Honey Vanilla Pound Cake, Gluten-Free

by Jeanne on April 9, 2010

OK, I admit it.  I have a thing for pound cakes.  I love them.  If you look through my list of recipes, I have several different pound cake recipes–cream cheese, ricotta, brown butter, classic.  I love them all!  And, I have another one for you today.  I think it’s time for a category–pound cakes.  Yum.

Today’s cake is a Honey Vanilla Pound Cake from Ina Garten, aka, The Barefoot Contessa.  As you know, Ina is in my pantheon of cooking goddesses.  I have all of her cookbooks.  Every single one of them is excellent.  Every recipe I make from them turns into a favorite.  I get tons of compliments on them.  If you don’t have any of her cookbooks, run–do not walk–to your bookstore and get one.  They’re all good.

I found the original for today’s recipe in her Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor From Simple Ingredients.  This was another hit at Coffee Hour this morning.  I keep worrying that people will get tired of my pound cake mania, only to find that everyone shares it.  Lots of raves today!  And I love the fact that this is a simple cake to make.  It’s not fussy in the least.  It has a nice firm crumb, a delicate flavor–honey mixed with vanilla mixed with lemon.  Although I just served it plain with our coffee, I can see this serving as a nice match with some strawberries and whipped cream.  Just in time for spring and summer berries!

Honey Vanilla Pound Cake, Gluten-Free
-adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina Garten

Special Equipment Needed
-a stand mixer is nice, but a hand mixer will do
-8 1/2×4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan or 10 C bundt pan

Note: This recipe uses my gluten-free flour mix:
Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix (mix together and store in fridge):
1 1/4 C. brown rice flour
1 1/4 C. white rice flour
1 C. tapioca flour
1 C. sweet rice flour (also known as Mochiko)
2 scant tsp. xanthan gum
(you can also use the gluten-free flour mixture (not baking mix) of your choice–just be sure it contains xanthan gum. Or, you can add 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum per cup of gluten-free flour. If you use bean flour, it will add a bean taste to the cake)

2 C Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
1 tsp kosher salt (the large-grained salt)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 C granulated sugar
4 extra large eggs, room temperature
2 TBL honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp grated lemon zest
extra melted butter and tapioca flour for pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour your pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium high until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add sugar, beat another 2 minutes.  Add honey, beat to incorporate.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add vanilla, beat to incorporate.  Add lemon zest, beat to incorporate.

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating just until incorporated.  Spoon into your prepared pan.  Thump pan on counter once to release any trapped air bubbles.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes then carefully turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kendra January 1, 2014 at 7:26 am

OMG. This cake batter tastes just like the batter my mom used to make! I spent many an afternoon licking the beaters and spoon after se made it. It is in the oven baking now, mom is here with me and we are so exited.


Jeanne January 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Kendra: Yay!


Lola August 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

Thanks!! Im gonna give it a whirl, once again thanks for posting such a great recipe!


Lola August 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

First it must be said that I love honey and I love pound cake, and I can’t have gluten, so this recipe is magic!! Im just curious if you think it would effect the cake in any weird way if I drizzled honey over it after it cools, I have this shamless fantasy about this cake having a sticky honey goodness exterior lol


admin August 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Lola: This is one of those situations where I say: try it and see what happens! You might want to dilute the honey with some water for drizzling on the cake. But, if a cake covered with honey is your fantasy, then by all means do it!


Morgan February 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I just have to thank you so much for this recipe and for giving us the keys to cake heaven (which is your GF all-purpose flour recipe). Wow. Really incredible. I just made four batches of this recipe (2 of your AP flour) and made two ‘shape cakes’ for my kids’ birthdays. The cake is really amazing.
And, just in case anyone needs to go dairy free (I actually just didn’t have butter), but substituted half grapeseed oil and half coconut oil and it came out awesome, too.

Thanks again. I’ve been searching for a food gf ap flour forever. *sigh of relief*
(Btw – I loved your article on your flour.)


admin February 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Morgan: Yay! I’m so glad! And thank you for the tip on the grapeseed oil/coconut oil sub for butter–that is awesome!


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