Mom’s Non-Dairy Pound Cake

Mom's Non-Dairy Pound Cake
Non-dairy pound cake has an irresistible texture – not too dense but not crumbly either.
Pound cake is the ultimate cake for summer. It’s versatile and stays fresh much longer than most baked goods, especially in warm weather. It slices easily, doesn’t go crumbly and doesn’t need frosting — a simple dusting of icing sugar is fine.
My dad’s favourite way to eat pound cake was as mocha cakes – leftover pound cake cut into two-inch cubes, frosted with a basic icing and rolled in chopped peanuts.

Mom's Non-Dairy Pound Cake
Mom has three good recipes for pound cake but she considers this one the best. The recipe came out of a Food & Wine magazine back in the 1980s.
The recipe is less expensive than traditional pound cake since it calls for oil instead of butter, which is helpful if you dog ate the butter that was softening on the counter. It also makes it a non-dairy pound cake since non-dairy milk can also be used.

Serve thin-ish slices with chopped strawberries and whipped cashew cream (or sweetened Greek yogurt if you’re good with dairy). 

Mom’s Non-Dairy Pound Cake (aka Sarah’s Pound Cake)


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil (grape seed or canola)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups flour, sifted with 2 tsp. double-acting baking powder and ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk (can use nut or seed milk in place of cow’s)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 10” tube pan.
  2. Beat the sugar, oil and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat mixture until thick and lemon coloured.
  3. Add flour, alternating with milk.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, smooth top with a spatula and bake for 60-70 minutes, until the edge starts to pull away from the side of the pan and a tester comes out clean.

This cake can also be made in two loaf pans.

Green tips:

  • If you bake and cook with canola oil be sure to use organic canola since most conventional canola is genetically modified.
  • Use half whole wheat pastry flour for extra flavour and nutrition. 


  1. Thanks for posting such a great recipe. It's in the oven as I write and is making the house smell amazing. My THM cookbook hasn't arrived yet, so I'm incredibly grateful for recipes like these.
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  2. I just made this non dairy pound cake for my husband as he is not eating butter or regular milk.
    It was very good! I was skeptical but delighted It was so good and now he can have some cake with his berries.

  3. Noreen Berger

    My mother is 100% dairy free so your pound cake recipe sounds very delicious. If I choose to make it using 2 loaf pans….what would be the baking time? Same as the tube pan or longer? I look forward to your response.

    • Hi Noreen, Sorry I’m so long replying. I haven’t ever made that recipe in loaf pans. Not sure if you ended up making it but I would start checking it at the 50-60 minute mark.


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