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Have you been searching for a sugar-free cake recipe that doesn’t sacrifice flavor and texture for the sake of being healthy? This keto birthday cake is exactly what you’ve been looking for, my friend. I promise. You’re about to make the best low carb cake you’ve ever had! And if you’re looking for gluten-free birthday cake, this one is for you, too.
Just imagine: three moist, richly flavored layers of sugar-free vanilla cake topped with creamy frosting. Mmmmm. Now imagine that it takes less than ten ingredients, can be made ahead of time, and is still sweetly delicious even though it’s a sugar-free cake recipe. Excited yet? You should be. This keto cake recipe delivers on all fronts!
The Inspiration For Keto Birthday Cake
The day was perfect: sunny and warm, spent with the people I loved the most, and topped with a keto birthday cake that was perfectly delicious! Happy birthday to me! Bring on the cliche – all I want is to spend it outside with my daughter and husband. The older I get, the more those little moments are worth infinitely more than any extravagant celebration.
And later, I’m making myself a sugar-free, gluten-free birthday cake! With my daughter’s help, of course.
Most people don’t pair ‘keto’ and ‘cake’ together, but they have no clue what they are missing out on.
I first made this sugar-free cake recipe for my daughter’s birthday and that was when I discovered the biggest problem with making this low carb cake: it’s so good that it disappears too quickly! I was lucky to grab a sliver because it was such a huge hit.
People don’t expect a sugar-free birthday cake to be sweet and satisfying and utterly delicious…it’s so much fun to surprise them.
Honestly, homemade gluten-free birthday cake is almost guaranteed to trump anything store bought, healthy or otherwise. Even before I cared about eating well in the slightest, ready-made American cakes always tasted too sweet, plain, and artificial to me.
Maybe it had something to do with the delicious ones my grandmother used to make for me throughout my childhood; their flavor was rich and memorable. I recreated her Russian “Medovik” honey cake in a lower sugar version last year, but it wasn’t quite right for the blog because it did contain some honey. I plan to re-make it again soon with extracts and no sugar at all.
As much as I love my grandma’s honey cake, I know many people just want a more classic gluten-free birthday cake recipe, such as a traditional yellow cake.
So this time around, I wanted to strike a balance – making it more flavorful and moist than a boring store bought cake, but still creating a classically simple yellow vanilla cake.
Ingredients For An Easy Low Carb Keto Cake Recipe
This low carb cake has a simple list of ingredients that blend together perfectly to make the best gluten-free cake recipe ever.
While an almond flour birthday cake is definitely a solid keto cake option, it’s the mix of coconut flour and almond flour together here that make a more authentic cake texture than either one can make on its own. Also, choosing the right sweetener for your sugar-free cake recipe is important, too.
The following ingredients are all you need to make this fabulous gluten-free yellow cake recipe:
- Erythritol or monk fruit sweetener
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Vanilla extract
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Gluten-free baking powder
Amazingly simple, isn’t it? No slaving over a hot stove with a ton of ingredients to make this low carb cake, my friend. This is all you need!
You can use any sweetener you prefer; here’s a natural low carb sweetener guide and conversion chart. For this particular sugar-free cake recipe (and most baking), I recommend either monk fruit sweetener or erythritol. It’s my experience that they are your best choices for any low carb cake.
How To Make a Gluten-Free Cake
Ever wonder if it’s possible to make a diabetic cake that tastes great? Mystery solved, friends! I’m about to show just how simple it is to make this sugar-free cake recipe.
Just be sure to follow the steps in order. That’s an essential part of what makes this gluten-free birthday cake so delicious. When you follow a keto cake recipe, it’s important to take things one step at a time.
First, go ahead and warm up your oven. While it’s preheating, line the bottom of a springform pan (I like this one with parchment paper.
Next, get out your mixing bowl and add your erythritol and butter. Beat them together until they are nice and fluffy. There’s no need to sacrifice that creamy, buttery texture you’ve come to love just because you’re baking a low carb cake.
Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time. Go ahead and add in the almond milk and vanilla extract next. Psst…if you want to make your own almond milk, it’s super simple!
After you’ve added the liquid, it’s time to beat in the almond flour, coconut flour, and baking powder. Since you’re making a gluten-free birthday cake, be sure you’re using gluten-free baking powder here. Don’t worry, most baking powders usually are, but double check.
Now you’ve got the dough for your keto vanilla cake all made up. How easy was that?
Transfer 1/3 of it to the pan and smooth it out with your spatula. You want a nice, level batter here. Bake it until lightly golden and it springs back when you gently push it. You’ll repeat this three times, to get your three sugar-free vanilla cake layers. You can also do it all at once if you have three pans.
And voila! You have made a delicious, gluten-free birthday cake.
Feel free to use your favorite frosting, if you have one, or the one I’ve listed below. Another delicious option is this cream cheese frosting. You can pick any one you choose; I bet chocolate would be delicious with this keto birthday cake!
How To Make Sugar-Free Cake Ahead of Time
Want to know a secret? I always make my keto birthday cake a day ahead of time. It’s so easy; all you do is make it up and put it in the fridge. No stress on your special day! It stays moist and delicious and makes it even more easy to have a sugar-free vanilla cake for any birthday or celebration that calls for a special dessert.
For another delicious vanilla keto cake recipe, try this gluten-free vanilla cake. I recommend using arrowroot powder with it instead of cornstarch, and the granulated sugar is easy to swap with a sugar-free sweetener to make it a sugar-free cake recipe. (See my sweetener conversion chart here.)
I couldn’t resist topping my gluten-free birthday cake with chopped pecans. Not only do I love them, but it was also the perfect sneaky way to hide my little secret – frosting cakes is not my strong suit.
The keto birthday cake looked prettier with the nuts on top, and I didn’t have to obsess about making the frosting perfectly smooth on top. That’s a win-win. But, if your frosting skills are better, feel free to skip the nuts and decorate the top however you like!
Tools To Make Low Carb Vanilla Birthday Cake:
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- Springform Pan – You need a springform pan bake this cake in. You should get three if you want to cut down on cooking time.
- Hand mixer – This hand mixed would work perfect for this keto birthday cake recipe.
- Large Mixing Bowl– You need a large mixing bowl for this recipe. I love that this set has lids.
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line the bottom of a 9 in (23 cm) round springform pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat together the erythritol and butter, until fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the almond milk and vanilla extract.
- Beat in the almond flour, coconut flour, and gluten-free baking powder.
Transfer 1/3 of the dough to the lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and spring-y. Repeat with another 1/3 of the dough, then again with the final 1/3 (making 3 layers total).
- Meanwhile, make the frosting. Beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered erythritol, and vanilla extract, until smooth.
- Let the cake layers cool separately to room temperature before stacking. Frost between the layers, and all over the top and sides at the end. Top with chopped pecans (optional) if desired.
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Serving size: 1 slice, or 1/24 of entire recipe
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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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