This low carb, gluten-free, keto carrot cake is moist with cream cheese frosting and tastes exactly like your regular carrot cake. It's a great sugar-free low carb cake recipe to serve during any celebration.
Ingredients and substitutions
Blanched almond flour – In my opinion, almond flour gives a perfect result when making layers for the cake. The cake will be very soft and moist.
Xanthan gum – This is not an optional ingredient. Xanthan gum will give our cake layers elasticity and will make it easy to handle them without braking them.
Walnuts - Walnuts go in most carrot cakes, but you can also use pecans if you like.
Nutmeg and cinnamon – A classic combo of spices for this type of cake.
Carrots - You can pulse them in a food processor until they resemble wet sand, or just simply grate them.
Lemons - We're going to use zest and juice to bring a pinch of acidity and freshness to this low carb keto cake.
Unsalted butter - We need to melt it and then let it cool down a little bit before adding it to the eggs mixture.
Eggs - Use 4 large eggs at room temperature to bind all ingredients together.
Granulated keto-friendly sweetener - I use the blend of erythritol and stevia from Sukrin; granulated for the cake layers and powdered for the frosting.
Baking powder - This sugar-free cake comes out quite heavy because of the carrots, nuts, and our keto-friendly flours, so we definitely need something that will fluff it up a little.
Cream cheese and heavy whipping cream – Cake frosting that is made from cream cheese and whipping cream is soft, yet stable. It won’t melt that easily unless you place the cake into direct sunlight.
Step by step directions
For this low carb carrot cake recipe, we’ll need two 8-inch (20cm) cake pans or spring forms of the same size. Line them with parchment paper (both bottoms and walls) and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking powder, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, add sweetener and eggs and beat on high with a hand mixer for around 10 minute or until the mixture is pale yellow and tripled in size. This will help to incorporate a lot of air into the batter, which will help to lift the cake while baking and make it less dense. Then, add the butter, heavy cream, and lemon juice and beat on low for few seconds, or just until incorporated. It’s okay if the egg mixture loses a lot of volume during this step.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Using a spatula, fold in until no dry ingredients are left. Next, add the carrots, walnuts, and lemon zest and fold in again.
Divide the batter between two prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and baked through (toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean).
When our cake layers are done baking, remove them from the oven and leave them to cool down in the cake pans for around 5 minutes. Then, take them out, peel off the parchment paper, and place them onto a cooling rack to cool down completely.
No sugar carrot cake frosting
There's nothing better than a fluffy cream cheese frosting with vanilla flavoring for our sugar-free carrot cake. And it takes only a few minutes to make!
All we need is to beat all the frosting ingredients (they should all be cold) using a hand mixer or stand mixer on a high speed until they’re stiff peaks; 3-4 minutes. Use our cream cheese frosting on a completely cooled cake. Don’t forget to refrigerate the cake for up to 1 hour before serving it.
Carbs in keto carrot cake
You can cut this cake into 8 pieces. Each piece will have around 8g net carb.
The amount of carbs in carrots is on a higher border, but it doesn't mean that we should forget about sweet, tasty, and crunchy carrots altogether. In fact, carrots are lower in net carbs than blueberries, so there's no reason to not have them on a low-carb diet! 100g carrots contain around 6.8g net carbs.
You can substitute almond flour with hazelnut flour with a 1:1 ratio.
Store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
More keto recipe
Gluten-free keto carrot cake recipe
- Two 8-inch (20cm) cake pans or springforms of the same size
- 2 cup 200g almond flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp xanthan gum
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- ⅔ cup 120g granulated sweetener, I use Sukrin
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp heavy cream, room temperature
- ½ cup 110g unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cup 200g carrots, shredded
- ½ cup 60g walnuts, chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 11 oz 300g cream cheese, cold
- ⅓ cup 80g heavy whipping cream, cold
- 5 tbsp powdered sweetener
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350C (175C). Line the bottom and walls of two 8-inch (20cm) cake pans or spring forms with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking powder, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, add sweetener and eggs and beat on high with a hand mixer for around 10 minute or until the mixture is pale yellow and tripled in size. Then, add the butter, heavy cream, and lemon juice. Beat on low for a few seconds or just until incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Using a spatula, fold in until no dry ingredients left.
- Add the carrots, walnuts, and lemon zest and fold in again.
- Divide the batter between two cake pans, spread evenly, and bake for around 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- When done, remove from the oven and leave to cool down in the cake pans for 5 minutes. Then, remove from the pans and place onto a rack and allow to cool down completely. If you plan to assemble the cake the next day, wrap each cake layer (completely cooled) with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- In a mixing bowl, beat all frosting ingredients using a hand mixer on a high speed until reaching stiff peaks, over 3-4 minutes.
- Use frosting on a completely cooled cake. Refrigerate for up to 1 hour before serving.
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