You have been following a low carb keto diet for a while and are seeing so many amazing results from weight loss to better mental clarity. Although these results are awesome, maybe you are struggling a bit when it comes to completely avoiding treats and desserts. What is life without a little bit of sweetness?
Although a keto diet doesn’t allow cake made with flour and regular sugar because of the carb content of those ingredients, there are still many keto cake recipes that you can make when you are craving a keto-friendly dessert.
One of our favorites is this keto blueberry lemon cake. It has all the deliciousness of a regular lemon cake while keeping the carbs in check. This recipe is definitely a keto-friendly dessert option that can hit the spot when you are craving a little something sweet.
What ingredients do I need?
When you scan the ingredients for this keto cake recipe below, you may notice a few ingredients that are not found in a traditional cake. This ingredient swap is what helps keep the carb count as low as possible.
First, this keto blueberry lemon cake recipe uses two kinds of flour, almond flour, and coconut flour. These are both easy to find in the grocery store’s “alternative” flour section.
Almond flour is just ground up almonds, and coconut flour is made from dried coconut meat. Almond flour does have a grittier texture compared to regular wheat flour, so the taste will not be exactly the same as wheat flour. Choose a blanched almond flour if you prefer a less gritty taste.
Coconut flour tends to absorb a lot of water, so be sure only to use the small amount in the recipe. Do not substitute coconut flour for almond flour as you really do need both. If you use coconut flour only, the cake will be super hard and inedible. In turn, if you only use almond flour, it will not “harden”.
Both of these alternative flours are high in fiber, and, therefore, they help the net carbs of this keto cake recipe remain low. It is important to note that they are not carb-free. You will still have to consider their carb content when you calculate your daily carb intake.
For a sweetener, we used our LevelUp Superlose®, which is designed to taste and measure just like regular sugar. It is made from a combination of three natural sugar substitutes, allulose, monk fruit, and stevia. This mix creates the right blend of sweetness and taste that you can confidently use to create a variety of keto-friendly dessert recipes. Our vanilla grass-fed creamer also rounds out the flavor of the cake with a bit of sweetness.
Finally, you are probably following a keto diet because nutrition is important to you. You will appreciate that this keto cake recipe includes one of the most nutritious foods in the world, blueberries. The tiny blue fruit is low in carbs, with only 6 grams of net carbs per ½ cup, but also loaded with fiber and antioxidants. They provide a refreshing sweetness and beautiful color to this delicious dessert.
How to make Keto Blueberry Lemon Cake
When you are baking any type of cake, even keto cake recipes, you need to be careful about following the instructions precisely. Baking is different from cooking because a slight modification or mistake can result in a flat cake or a cake that is too dense.
A great tip is to read the instructions before you start mixing ingredients together. It will allow you to understand the direction you are heading, and you don’t accidentally skip a step or add something in too soon.
The first step is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees so that it can heat up while you are making the cake. For this keto-friendly dessert get out a large mixing bowl, measuring cups, a mixing spoon, and a cake pan. Then, measure out all the ingredients according to the list provided.
Once you have everything ready, mix the dry ingredients together. Then add the wet ingredients in the order listed in the directions below.
Keto Blueberry Lemon Cake Nutrition Info
This keto cake recipe makes 12 servings. One serving has only 3g of net carbs, making it the perfect keto-friendly dessert.
While following a keto diet, most people choose to look at net carbs over total carbs. Most keto dieters aim for 20-50 grams of net carbs per day. Counting net carbs allows you a bit more flexibility when following the diet.
The reason net carbs work is because of the magic of fiber. When you see the total carb count on a food label or recipe, this number also includes fiber. Although fiber is technically a carb, it cannot be digested or absorbed by humans. Therefore it contains no calories, cannot raise blood sugar, and cannot kick you out of ketosis.
The low net carb value of almond and coconut flour is what makes this keto blueberry lemon cake a great choice for a keto-friendly dessert when you simply have to have something sweet.
Additional Recipe Tips
Even though this recipe is totally a total keto-friendly dessert, it doesn’t make it an unlimited food. If you eat all 12 servings in one sitting, even the 3 grams of net carbs will add up. We suggest you cut the cake into 12 servings, then put one serving on your plate and store the rest for later.
Be sure to keep the leftovers in an air-tight container to maintain freshness. The cake will be good for about a week in the fridge. It can also be frozen and left to defrost on the counter if you want to enjoy it at a later date.
If you want more keto-friendly dessert ideas, check out the recipe section of our website and our Instagram. We post new keto-friendly recipes that use all our amazing products regularly.
Finally, here is the actual recipe for the keto blueberry lemon cake! Enjoy!
4 eggs x
⅔ cup almond flour x
⅔ cup LevelUp Vanilla Grass-fed Creamer
1 tbsp baking powder x
¼ cup coconut flour x
Pinch salt x
¼ cup LevelUp Superlose® Sugar Replacement
¼ cup softened butter x
⅔ cup sour cream x
1 whole lemon, juice & zest x
⅓ cup blueberries
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl
Mix eggs, lemon juice and zest together (save a little zest for later)
Add dry mix to eggs, mix in butter and sour cream
Pour into pan
Mix berries with a pinch of Superlose® and lemon zest
Place berries on top of cake mix
Bake for 25 min. At 350 degrees.
Net Carbs: 3g
With this keto blueberry lemon cake recipe, you can have your cake and eat it too! With a little creativity and a few small ingredient tweaks, even cake can be keto-friendly.