One of the greatest benefits of keto is that it reduces sugar cravings. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t ever crave for something sweet – like a slice of cake.
Our low-carb, high-fat keto cake recipe ideas are perfect for anyone who’s still in the initial transition period or been doing keto for years.
These dessert recipes prove that following a keto diet doesn’t have to be difficult. For this list, we’re covering keto pound cake, chocolate mug cake, and peanut butter mug cake. Dig in!
Are Cakes Allowed on Keto?
If you’re referring to the regular high-carbohydrate cake you used to enjoy as a kid, the answer is no. Cakes, bread, and pastries aren’t allowed on keto because they’re full of ingredients that raise your blood sugar. Such ingredients include white flour, sugar, corn syrup, and honey 1.
To get into and maintain ketosis, one needs to consume only up to 50 grams of total carbs per day. This is the total opposite of the typical American diet where carbohydrates range from 250 to 350 grams per day 2.
This might seem a bit too restrictive for someone who’s just getting started on keto but the truth is, you can always enjoy low-carb versions of your favorite desserts. With cakes, all you need to do is make keto-approved swaps. Ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, stevia, and erythritol will help you stay within your carb limit.
3 Delicious Keto Cake Recipes to Satisfy Sweet Cravings
1. Keto pound cake
Perfect for regular days and family gatherings, this keto dessert has 3.1g of carbs and 31.9g of fat. It serves 8 people and requires a total prep time of at least one hour.
For this dessert, you get your daily dose of healthy fat from eggs, cream cheese, butter, and heavy cream. What we love about this cake is that it has just the right level of sweetness.
A nice little tip when baking keto pound cake is to use grass-fed butter. Aside from adding a richer flavor to your recipe, grass-fed butter contains more conjugated linoleic acid, a natural fatty acid that promotes fat loss 3.
2. Keto chocolate mug cake
If you have a weakness for chocolate, try our low-carb version of choco mug cake. With only 6.6g of carbs and a high 35.2g of fat, it’ll satisfy your taste buds without taking you out of ketosis.
Don’t be fooled by the appetizing appearance of this keto chocolate cake because it’s super easy to make. You probably already have most, if not all, of the ingredients for this recipe in your pantry.
While one serving of our keto chocolate cake will fill you up, there’s no reason why you can’t have two. Just be careful with your calorie intake. If you only need a single serving, feel free to use up only half of the amount for each ingredient.
3. Peanut butter mug cake
Indulge in peanut buttery goodness with this easy, 5-minute cake recipe. Each serving has 6.7g of carbs and 25.6g of fat. This dessert saves the day whenever you need to impress your guests but only have a few ingredients left in the pantry.
For this recipe, all you need are peanut butter, a large egg, and powdered erythritol. Make sure that you’re not serving it to anyone who’s allergic to peanuts or other tree nuts. Check that you don’t have such allergies as well 4.
Pair our peanut butter mug cake with bulletproof coffee for the best keto afternoon snack. We’re sure that you’ll love it.
These 3 cake recipes taste as good as the usual stuff. Perhaps what you’ll love about all these cakes is the fact that they don’t make you feel sluggish. Their low-carb and high-fat content will keep your day guilt-free. Feel free to share them with your family and guests on any occasion.
- Typical cakes may not be allowed on keto, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare a low-carb version.
- Keto-friendly ingredients for baking cakes include but aren’t limited to eggs, erythritol, almond flour, cream cheese, heavy cream, and natural peanut butter.
- It’s good advice to check for allergies before using nuts as ingredients.