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Keto Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time30 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time45 mins

Carrots aren't normally keto, but this keto carrot cake recipe uses only 1 carrot to add flavor, but it's small enough that it doesn't increase the carb count drastically enough to kick you out of ketosis. If you are opposed to adding the carbs from carrots or are following a really strict ketogenic diet, you can omit the carrot from the recipe for a tasty cinnamon & salted caramel cake.

keto carrot cake

Ingredients
For the Cake:
 ¾ cup blanched almond flour
 ½ cup coconut flour
 ¼ cup Quest Protein Powder Multi-Purpose Mix
 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
 1 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp xanthan gum, divided
 2 tsp ground cinnamon
 ¼ tsp ground allspice
 ¼ tsp ground cloves
 ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
 ½ tsp salt
 5 eggs
 ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
 3 tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil
 2 tbsp heavy cream
 2 tsp vanilla extract
 1 tsp keto-friendly brown sugar(Swerve brand used)
 2 tbsp erythritol
 ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
 1 carrot (about 8 ounces), shredded, plus extra for garnish
 ¼ cup pecans, chopped
For the Frosting:
 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
 ¼ cup Salted Caramel protein powder
 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 ¼ tsp salt
For Garnish:
 ¼ cup whole pecans
Directions:
1

Preheat the oven to 325°F and coat three 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.

2

To make the cake, sift together the almond flour, coconut flour, protein powder, flax seeds, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of the xanthan gum, spices, and salt; set aside.

3

Separate the eggs into two large bowls . To the bowl with the yolks, add the butter, coconut oil, heavy cream, vanilla extract, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, and sucralose, if using. Using a hand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend until the mixture is fully combined.

4

Whisk the egg whites until frothy, then add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum. Using a hand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.

5

Fold the dry ingredients into the egg yolk mixture until homogenous, then gently fold the mixture into the egg whites. Fold in the almond milk, shredded carrot, and pecans, then portion the batter equally among the prepared pans. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes, until the sides of the cakes start to brown and pull away from the pans.

6

While the keto carrot cake is baking, make the frosting: Using a hand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together the cream cheese, protein powder, butter, cinnamon, and salt until smooth; set aside.

7

Remove the cakes from the pans and place on a cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes, until cool and firm.

8

To assemble the keto carrot cake, place one cake on a plate and spread a thin layer of frosting on top. Repeat with the second cake on top of the first. Place the third cake as the final layer and evenly cover the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.

9

Once the keto carrot cake is frosted, cut into 8 equal slices and plate with whole pecans and shredded carrot. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 464
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40.1g62%
Total Carbohydrate 7.6g3%

Net Carbohydrate 3.7g2%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g16%
Protein 14.2g29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.