Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Almond Brown Sugar Pound Cake

I admit that I have not been baking very much lately.  Still spending lots of time in the kitchen but I’ve been on this balance kick and tons of butter and sugar can hinder that goal a bit.  I have been trying to create some more wholesome recipes that are versatile, easy to make and utilize easily-accessible ingredients.  I still plan on posting some delicious desserts but I do plan on incorporating healthier, but still delicious dinner options.  I hope you enjoy them!

I help people with diet, exercise and wellness for a living and I try to “practice what I preach” and some days are easier than others.  I’m still working on achieving a balanced lifestyle in which I can keep myself on track while enjoying some indulgences.  I think I’ll be working at it for the rest of my life!  On that note, Jenna at Eat, Live, Run challenged her readers to a 21-day Yoga challenge.  Her blog is one of my favorites and I’ve decided to take this challenge.  Beginning yesterday, I will be doing some sort of yoga or meditation each day.  It might only be 10 minutes or it might be 60.  Either way, I’m taking a few minutes out of each day to breathe, to relax and to focus.  Want to join me?  I know yoga helps me balance…I have been a certified yoga instructor for a few years but I go in spurts of being in good yoga practice.

I think I’m also in need of some accountability so I decided that along with this recipe, I would post a workout that I completed this week.  It was a killer.  This is one that I’ve  been using for a while and it’s the one that I lean on when I really don’t feel like dragging myself to the gym.  It’s fairly quick but it gets my heart pumping!  I followed this up with some upper body weight training and some stretching.

30 minute treadmill interval workout

Incline %
Speed (MPH)
5 minutes
2 minutes
1 minute
2 minutes
1 minute
2 minutes
1 minute
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5 minutes

Questions for today:

How do you hold yourself accountable?

If I post workouts regularly, will you benefit from seeing them?

What is your “go-to” workout?

I found this recipe from Cooking Light after searching for a lightened up pound cake recipe.  I love the stuff but it’s not so good for you.  This recipe has a lot less butter than typical pound cake recipes and they actually recommend using stick margarine.  I also chose almond in place of vanilla because I just love almond.  The sweetness was just right!  It was dense and chewy and perfect served with some fresh fruit.  My coworkers loved it!

Almond Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe

Lightly adapted from Cooking Light 


Cooking spray

3 cups + 2Tbs.  all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup butter, softened (or stick margarine)

2 cups packed light brown sugar

1Tbs. almond extract

3 large eggs

1 cup fat-free milk

1 Tbs. powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray, dust lightly with 2 tablespoons of flour.  Ensure that the pan is coated evenly.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and mix with a wire whisk.

Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until the butter is fluffy.  Slowly add the brown sugar and vanilla and beat until well-blended.  Add the eggs, one a at a time and mix until each is fully incorporated.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, alternately with the milk, mixing at low speed.  Begin and end with the flour mixture.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the center and comes out clean.

Cool the cake for 10 minutes in the pan.  Remove from the pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.  Sift the powdered sugar over the cake.


30 Responses to “Almond Brown Sugar Pound Cake”

  1. #
    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — August 3, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    I love pound cake and this recipe looks delicious!! Saving this one for sure 🙂

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    Erin — August 3, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    I had an almond pounds cake at a party years ago, and it was so good! I have never seen a recipe since, but have wanted to remake it! Can't wait to try it!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — August 3, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Sounds wonderful! I love taking grilling poundcake in a pan with a little butter. Perfect for a weekend breakfast. 🙂

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    RavieNomNoms — August 3, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    That sounds absolutely amazing…I would like 2 pieces please!

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    Carolyn — August 3, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    How do I hold myself accountable? Well, my blood sugar meter kind of does that for me. But I do like my exercise. Today, my legs felt really draggy at the beginning, but I know that if I push through those first few miles, I will end up loving it. And such was the case today, completed 8.5 miles and felt great!
    This pound cake looks out of this world!

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    meeshiesmom — August 3, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    I love almond flavor in most everything! It's the only way I make pound cake. I'll add it to rice krispy treats, pound cake, yellow cake, icing…

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    Tina — August 3, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    I love bundt cakes and this one looks like a winner, especially since it has almond in it. Yum!

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    DD — August 3, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    healthy and delicious treat!!!

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    Lacy — August 3, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I seriously love desserts with a healthier twist, this looks delicious!

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    The Baking Gypsy — August 3, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Cooking Light is a great magazine. This is a wonderful treat…I love how healthy it is too!
    You have a wonderful site!

    Happy Baking,

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    Ann — August 3, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    That is a beautiful cake – and I love cooking light. My go to workout is walking my dog – a brisk 1.5 miles. Unfortunately, it's SO hot here it's too dangerous to walk. It was 96 at 7pm. I hold myself accountable by blogging.

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    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom — August 3, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    I'm crazy for almonds so this sounds pretty darn good. My clothes keep me accountable :] When they fit well, I know I'm eating right. When things get to be a little tight, I have to eliminate somethings and try to pick up my exercise routine some.

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    Tiffany — August 3, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    Yes! Life (and eating) is all about balance! I would eat two slices of this cake without an ounce of guilt 😀

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    Ali — August 3, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I look forward to checking out yours as well! Love the pic of you and the kitty on your 'about' page. so cute! 😀

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    Parsley Sage — August 3, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    I'm a cyclist and a dancer and I'll tell you, sometimes its really hard to get motivated and moving. It's cool though, seeing how other people are doing. A bit of a motivator if you know what I mean 🙂 Lovely pound cake, darling! I'm in the middle of a three day juice fast and this is just screaming to be eaten! Buzzed

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    Peggy — August 3, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Who knew you could lighten up pound cake?! This sounds awesome – and you're right, that workout sounds killer! I don't think I've ever taken the incline past 3% – I'm such a wuss!

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    Christine's Pantry — August 3, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    I like pound cake. Your recipe looks good.

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 3, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Cassie…this looks wonderful. And I love the substitution of almond for vanilla! A good canvas for summer berries! I, too, love working on the treadmill. I would welcome seeing your routines. I also make adjustments to the incline on my treadmill…but yours seems very reasonable and doable for me! Keep them coming! : )

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    Aarthi — August 3, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    Hai Dear

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    baking.serendipity — August 3, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    I love Cooking Light's recipes. They're always dependable when I'm looking for balance 🙂 And I like the yoga challenge…I need to do the same, starting on the first day of school to help me unwind after a crazy day with teenagers. Such a good thought! PS, Interval treadmill workouts are my favorite! They help the time move by so quickly! Usually I mix up my speeds so I'm walking and running throughout.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 4, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    I have never had a chance to try almond pound cake. Sounds yummy! My workout is taking care of two young kids all day…and sometimes walk on the hill at night. Definitely not enough considering how much I eat! >_<

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    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — August 4, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    Wow, I love pound cake and this variation sounds sooooo yummy!!!

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    Sarah — August 4, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    I haven't had the best luck with lower-fat pound cakes but this one looks really good and it is definitely getting bookmarked! Yoga and Barre classes keep me balanced and doing them with friends keeps me accountable…except when happy hour distracts us all.

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    Angie's Recipes — August 4, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Can't remember when I last had a pound cake? Yours has a perfect crumb.
    The only sport I do is yoga…I am not sure how to keep me accountable..I just know I have to do it or all my pants wouldn't fit any more!!!

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    Lauren's Latest — August 4, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    I may have to start posting workouts along with my recipes too! "Here's what you need to do to burn this off!"

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    Beth — August 5, 2011 @ 4:31 am

    I need to get a little more consistent with my workout too. Love the treadmill breakdown, although I've never gone anywhere near a 15% incline! I'm impressed!

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    brandi @ BranAppetit — August 5, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    this looks beautiful! i love pound cakes.

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    Stephanie — August 5, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    I love this! It's so hard to balance a healthy lifestyle sometimes when you have a love for baking. I find that when you have set goals for fitness etc… then it's easier to create delicious baked goods that are more wholesome! I can't wait to try this recipe 🙂

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    Kim Bee — August 6, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    I love this dish Cassie. And yes I like that you post your workouts. Maybe it will help me refocus. I have a treadmill and pilates machine in my workout room. Time to get my rear back in there.

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    Peas — August 11, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    Almonds and brown sugar – what a treat. I will be making this very soon! Thanks for posting. It is always tricky balancing treats and fitness, lucky for me I enjoy running and pilates and I enjoy cake, life is good 🙂

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