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Pound Cake: Recipe Makeover

Heart-healthy canola oil helps lighten a classic dessert, while an ingenious technique deepens flavor and adds richness.

Less-than-a-Pound Pound Cake
Photography: Johnny Autry

Less-than-a-Pound Pound Cake

Dense, moist pound cake gets its name from the classic recipe of a pound each of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. No surprise that a slice weighs in at more than 700 calories and a day's dose of saturated fat. Can anything replace the richness of a block of butter—and still maintain that treasured tender crumb?

Yes: After testing cakes that were dry, crumbly, or spongy, we found that a deft combo of butter and canola oil was the fix, with the help of a smart trick. See, canola oil may be righteously heart-healthy, but it's also bland—until you steep a vanilla bean in it. This magically transforms the oil, giving it a creamy texture and rich flavor. We happily break with tradition, cutting half the calories and 80% of the saturated fat—in a cake that can stand proudly beside the original.

The Classic: 
 707 calories per slice
39.6 grams total fat
23.7 grams saturated fat

The Makeover: 
 294 calories per slice
12.6 grams total fat
4.7 grams saturated fat

View Recipe: Canola Oil Pound Cake with Browned Butter Glaze

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