Coconut-Orange Pound Cake Recipe


I decided to make a nice dinner for my husband and stepfather on Fathers Day. It was just going to be a casual, outdoor meal on the grill, but since it was a special occasion I felt I needed to include a dessert. Dessert is my least favorite course to prepare so I usually opt for something simple. We still have a huge amount of strawberries leftover from strawberry picking so I decided to make the American summer classic, strawberry shortcake.

All I needed was a primal alternative to the shortcakes. I eventually settled on a primal pound cake. After digging around on the Internet a little, I discovered a coconut flour pound cake recipe at Healthy Indulgences but the 10 eggs and 2 cups of coconut flour her recipe requires were more than I was willing to sacrifice for this experiment. I noticed she had altered a recipe from a coconut flour pound cake at Cooking Gods Way, so I decided to do the same.

The result was very satisfying. Using the natural sweetness from the orange juice meant that hardly any extra sweetener was required. I did include 2 tablespoons of honey (as I figured this was a pretty negligible amount spread out over 8 servings but I am anxious to try the recipe again without. To make a primal strawberry shortcake, I topped individual servings with sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

Coconut Orange Pound Cake

Coconut Orange Pound Cake

Coconut-Orange Pound Cake

5 eggs
1 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup good quality orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup (1 stick melted butter
2 tbs honey
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with butter or coconut oil and line bottom of pan with parchment paper.

Combine dry ingredients (coconut flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl, set aside. Add wet ingredients to a separate bowl and use an electric hand mixer (if you have one to thoroughly combine. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until you get a smooth batter.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert cake onto rack and allow to cool.

Yield: 1 loaf/8 servings

15 Responses to “Coconut-Orange Pound Cake Recipe”

  1. Mark Sisson says:


    I came across your blog for the first time just now and am very impressed. What a fantastic site! I’m thrilled to learn you have been inspired by The Primal Blueprint.

    I’ll be linking to your site periodically. Thanks for the support and keep up the great work!

    Grok on!


  2. Caroline says:

    I found your blog while looking for some primal recipes. This cake looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it! I just started the primal blueprint 3 days ago and it’s going great so far. I look forward to more of your recipes!

  3. shelley says:

    Mark – Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I have learned so much from your site and continue to reap the many and varied benefits of The Primal Blueprint lifestyle. I hope this blog can help spread the message.

    Caroline – Glad to hear you’re enjoying The Primal Blueprint eating style. Keep at it, it gets even better! Hope you like the cake.

  4. Lauren B says:

    Your tweaks look great! I bet the flavor of the orange was very good in this cake. Just found your blog and am loving it! Keep up the primal baking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hannah says:

    Wow, this looks delicious.

  6. chrystie says:

    Oh man…that pound cake was amazing. Gave it to my 3 year old at a birthday party and she didn’t even ask for the regular birthday cake!

  7. Heidi says:

    Hey there
    I made this pound cake the other day exactly to recipe (used lemon instead of orange zest) and weirdly enough, after it was baked and I’d upturned it, it sorta collapsed. The outside looked a bit like creme brulee (yum!) and when I cut it, all the eggyness had gone to the bottom (now the top). It tasted pretty good, but I was just confused as to why the separation occurred! Too little mixing? Too short baking time? Too much batter in loaf tin? I’m keen to try again with a few tips! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Carl says:

    Hi Shelley,
    I came across your blog while searching for a good resource for ‘Primal Blueprint’ recipes. Your daily menus look great so I was wondering, do you have any recommendations for sites, books, etc where I could find recipes that follow the Primal Blueprint guidelines?


  9. Anne says:

    Wow this looks Tasty. I`ll tried it. Nice pic. Thanks.

  10. Anne says:

    Wow this looks Tasty. I`ll tried it. Nice picture. I am very enjoy reading your post.

  11. Daniel Davis says:

    Cake recipes are the specialty of my best friend, my favorite ones are those exotic fruit cakes.-“

  12. Greta says:

    Hi, I was reading your article and I just wanted to say thank you for putting out such excellent content. There’s so much crap on the internet these days its hard to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend http://ninjahq.com/go/cookingrecipes and it turned out really nice! I’m very eager to try your variation of it though, it looks excellent. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and great ideas.

  13. i love to eat cakes and bake them too that is why i am always on the lookout for cake recipes”-

  14. so many healthy recipes to choose from on the internet,**

  15. when i cook at home, i always make sure that i only cook healthy recipes because i don’t want to get fat “‘*


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