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It’s my birthday today… happy birthday to me! I’m keeping it super low key and spending the day with my family. Even though it’s just the three of us, I feel like the world is celebrating with me because it’s the most beautiful, sunny day outside. 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.
Is it weird to bake my own keto low carb birthday cake? Well, I don’t care.
I made it a few weeks ago for my daughter’s birthday celebration, and it disappeared so fast that I barely even got to try a piece. One of my favorite things ever is surprising people with how delicious low carb treats can be. And, this gluten-free birthday cake recipe has been on my mind ever since.
Homemade gluten-free birthday cake is almost guaranteed to trump anything store bought, if you ask me. Even before I cared about healthy eating in the slightest, ready-made American cakes always tasted too sweet, plain, and artificial.
Maybe it had something to do with the delicious ones my grandmother used to make for me throughout my childhood. (I recreated her Russian “Medovik” honey cake in a low carb version last year – get the Medovik cake recipe here.)
As much as I love my grandma’s honey cake, I know many people just want a more classic gluten-free birthday cake recipe. 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. So what do you think of this sugar-free birthday cake version – mission accomplished?
Feel free to slather the cake base with your favorite frosting. I used a vanilla butter cream cheese frosting for mine, just because I’m huge fan of cream cheese frostings. Besides, a sugar-free birthday cake topped with cream cheese frosting somehow seems very fitting for spring.
That doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and use any frosting you like, though. I’ll bet chocolate would also be amazing!
Otherwise, for another delicious vanilla cake recipe, try this Gluten-free Vanilla Cake from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. I recommend using arrowroot powder with it instead of cornstarch, and the granulated sugar is easy to swap with a sugar-free sweetener. (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 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!
Gluten-free Birthday Cake Recipe (Sugar-free, Low Carb, Keto):
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Want to use a different sweetener? Check the natural low carb sweeteners guide & conversion chart!
Want more low carb, gluten-free ideas for party desserts? Try these: