This Low-Carb Keto Gingerbread Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting is ultra-soft, moist, and tender with all the warm fall and ginger spices without being overpowering. No one will ever guess it's gluten-free & low-carb.
This Low-Carb Keto Gingerbread Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting is sure to impress and is a fun spin on my Classic Keto Vanilla Cake.
It has an ultra-soft and tender crumb with the warm spices of fall and ginger without being overpowering.
If you're having guests or taking dessert to a party, this cake is gorgeous, feeds many people, and is sure to impress!
❤️ Why You'll Love This Keto Gingerbread Cake Recipe: 1) Classic Cake Flavor with the warm spices of fall and ginger. 2) Light and tender crumb. 3) Perfect for special occasions 4) Is gluten-free with only four net carbs per serving and can be made paleo!
Or, if you're looking for more desserts, I think you'll love these keto pumpkin cookies with cream cheese, sugar-free chocolate cake, keto fruit dip with cream cheese, and keto carrot cake cupcakes or cake recipes!
Here are the simple ingredients most low-carb pantries have on hand:
- Blanched Almond Flour - Low-carb flour.
- Coconut Flour - Another low-carb flour. It is very absorbent and makes the low-carb cake extra soft!
- Sea Salt - Enhances the flavor.
- Baking Soda & Baking Powder - I like baking soda and baking powder when making cakes. This is because baking powder gives added leavening and helps keep the cake from falling after an initial rise in the oven. Also, using only baking powder can sometimes lend a bitter aftertaste. Using both, we can use less baking powder to ensure no aftertaste.
- Ginger, Cloves, and Cinnamon - Warm spices of fall and ginger!
- Butter - Be sure the butter is at room temperature.
- Erythritol-Based Brown Sweetener - Brown Swerve and Lakanto Brown Sweetener are good options.
- Eggs & Egg Whites - Eggs are required when baking with coconut flour. The added egg whites give it a lighter texture. Be sure they are room temperature so they mix well.
- Unsweetened, Non-Dairy Milk - Be sure to use non-dairy, as cow's milk has quite a few carbs.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Or White Vinegar - Adds tenderness and lightness. It also reacts with baking soda to help the cake rise. But don't worry, you can't taste it!
- Pure Vanilla - If possible, use pure vanilla, not the imitation variety.
- Keto Cream Cheese Frosting - A perfectly sweetened cream cheese frosting with NO aftertaste!
Step #1: Whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
Step #2: Then, cream together some room-temperature butter and sweetener until well incorporated, soft, and fluffy.
Tip: I love this tutorial on How To Soften Butter Quickly from Sally’s Baking Addiction to get the butter to room temperature. I prefer to use grass-fed butter, but non-dairy butter will also work.
Step #3: Beat in the eggs.
It may seem like a lot of eggs, but that’s the nature of coconut flour – it requires lots of eggs. The eggs provide structure, moisture, and richness. And the three extra egg whites make the cake extra light and airy.
Step #4: Once the eggs are well incorporated, beat in non-dairy milk, vinegar, and pure vanilla.
💭Tip: Be sure to use unsweetened, non-dairy milk because traditional milk is a bit high in carbs.
Step #5: Beat the wet ingredients into the dry. The batter will be slightly thick and lumpy, but this is fine.
Step #6: Bake in two parchment-lined pans, then cool them completely before frosting.
Cream cheese frosting
Frost the low-carb gingerbread cake with Keto Cream Cheese Frosting.
If you need a little help with the frosting, check out my easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to frost a naked or semi-naked cake!
It's a gorgeous rustic and chic style that looks difficult, but the tutorial will make even the most cake-decorating-challenged person able to master it!
- Store: This sugar-free gingerbread cake recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
- Freeze: Place the cake on a sheet pan, uncovered, and freeze until solid. Then, wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap and foil and freeze for 2 to 3 months.
- Thaw: Unwrap the cake and thaw it in the fridge overnight.
- Paleo And Dairy-Free: To make a paleo gingerbread cake, replace the sugar-free sweetener with coconut palm sugar and use non-dairy butter or ghee.
- Unfortunately, almond flour and coconut flour cannot be substituted, as they are both very unique.
- While regular milk can be used, I recommend unsweetened almond milk to keep the carbs low.
- Use room temperature ingredients. If the ingredients are cold, it can prevent the flour from mixing correctly and can interfere with how the cake rises.
- Line the pans with parchment paper. If you skip the parchment paper, you will have trouble with the cakes sticking, so don’t skip it!
- Completely cool cake layers before frosting. If you try to assemble or frost the cake, even if it’s the slightest bit warm, it will be a disaster! To ensure the cakes are completely cool after they come to room temperature, I cover mine in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. It can be refrigerated for up to one day before frosting.
- Refrigerate the cake after frosting. After the cake is frosted, place it in the fridge for 1 hour. This allows time for the cake and frosting to re-set. It will also ensure clean slices without crumbs.
- To check the size of your cake pan, cake pans are measured across the top, not the bottom. Do not measure from the outside edges, as you do not want to include the pan's thickness. Adjust baking times accordingly if you are not using an 8-inch cake pan.
- A word of caution: not all coconut flours are the same! Some brands are much more absorbent than others. Because of this, I only recommend using Bob's Red Mill, Besti, or Arrowhead Mills. These are the two brands I know will work.
- To get the butter room temperature, I love this tutorial on How To Soften Butter Quickly from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
- If you need some help with the frosting, check out my easy, step-by-step tutorial on frosting a naked or semi-naked cake!
If you’ve tried this Low-Carb Keto Gingerbread Cake or any other recipe on the blog, please let me know in the comments below!
Low-Carb Keto Gingerbread Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 Cups Blanched Almond Flour - finely ground
- ⅔ Cup Besti Coconut Flour - Bob's Red Mill or Arrowhead Mills will also work
- ¾ tsp. Sea Salt
- 2 tsp. Baking Powder*
- ½ tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 Tbsp. Ground Ginger
- ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
- 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- ¾ Cup Grass-Fed Butter (or non-dairy butter) - softened
- 1 ½ Cups Brown Lakanto Sweetener - or any brown sweetener
- 7 Large Eggs
- 3 Large Egg Whites
- 1 ¼ Cup Unsweetened, Non-Dairy Milk
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Pure Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two 8-inch baking pans with parchment paper and grease with oil.
- Set out butter to bring to room temperature. See the link below for a quick way to bring to room temperature. Then, cover the 10 eggs with warm water and set aside so they come to room temperature.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. Break up any clumps with your fingers.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the room temperature butter and brown sweetener until light and fluffy. It may seem crumbly at first but keep beating until smooth, up to 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula if needed.
- Beat in the eggs and egg whites one at a time, then the non-dairy milk, vinegar, and vanilla.
- Turn mixer to low and beat in the dry ingredients until combined.
- Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 28 to 34 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and top is lightly golden. Since all ovens are different, check after 25 minutes to make sure it's not baking faster to ensure it doesn't dry out.
- Cool completely, then frost with Keto Cream Cheese Frosting.
Add Your Own Notes
- Use room temperature ingredients. If the ingredients are cold it can prevent the flours from mixing properly and can interfere with how the cake rises.
- Line the pans with parchment paper. If you skip the parchment paper you will have trouble with the cakes sticking to the pans so don’t skip it! To line the pans with parchment paper: 1) Place the pans on a large sheet of parchment paper. 2) Trace the bottom of the pans with a pencil. 3) Cut the parchment paper using the lines you traced. 4) Grease the pan, place the parchment paper in the pan, then grease the parchment paper. This will ensure easy removal and the cakes will slide right out.
- Completely cool cake layers before frosting. If you try to assemble or frost the cake even if it’s the slightest bit warm, it will be a disaster! To ensure the cakes are completely cool after they come to room temperature I cover mine in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. It can be refrigerated up to one day before frosting.
- Refrigerate cake after frosting. After the cake is frosted, place it in the fridge for 1 hour. This allows time for the cake and frosting to re-set, as it were. It will also ensure clean slices without crumbs.
- To check the size of your cake pan, cake pans are measured across the top, not the bottom. Do not measure from the outside edges, as you do not want to include the thickness of the pan. If you are not using an 8-inch cake pan, adjust baking times accordingly.
- A word of caution: not all coconut flours are the same! Some brands are much more absorbent than others. Because of this, I only recommend using Bob's Red Mill or Arrowhead Mills. These are the 2 brands I know will work. If you need to use another brand, I can't guarantee the results, but look for one that is soft and fluffy, not gritty.
- I love this tutorial on How To Soften Butter Quickly from Sally’s Baking Addiction to get the butter room temperature.
- If you need a little help with the frosting, check out my easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to frost a naked cake or a semi-naked cake! It's a gorgeous rustic and chic style that looks difficult, but the tutorial will make even the most cake decorating challenged person able to master it!
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NET CARBS = Total Carbs - Fiber - Allulose - Xylitol
Nutritional information is approximate and may vary. Sugar alcohols, xylitol, and allulose are included in the total carbs and fiber.
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