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Simple Keto Chocolate Cake

A homemade, Easy Low Carb Chocolate Cake is so simple to make and considerably more delicious than anything store-bought. Easy keto recipes are essential to long-term adherence and overall satisfaction with a keto diet.

When you make your own cake, you know what you’re eating is 100% clean, made entirely with real food ingredients, and free from vegetable oils, artificial flavors, preservatives, and white sugar.

A boxed cake mix might seem convenient for your schedule, but is it convenient for your health?

If you’re tight on time and like to pre-prepped mix concept, use this recipe to make your own.

Gather the dry ingredients together, combine them in a container, and store in your pantry until you are ready to bake.

When the time comes: pick up the mix, preheat the oven, add the butter, coconut milk, and eggs, and bake until ready!

Pretty cool idea, isn’t it?

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What Makes the Best Sugar-free Chocolate Cake?

Quality ingredients.

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The difference between cacao is palpable. Living in Ecuador (known for its heirloom cacao seed) has allowed me to source quality cacao products and bring them to the USA. I’ve shared what makes our cacao stand apart from others before. In short, it is a fair-trade certified artisanal cacao bean, 100% organic and biodynamically grown in old-growth shade forests.

We offer all the cacao foods you need for homemade chocolate making in our shop with free shipping on orders over $50 (domestic USA only). International shipping tends to be very expensive but if you are interested in a quote on a bulk order, please contact me.

In this recipe, a pinch of sweetness (without the blood sugar roller coaster and crazy mental/emotional triggers) is made possible by Lakanto’s Monkfruit sweetener.

Lakanto is my first choice as a keto-friendly sweetener for all keto desserts.

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Alternatives?

I use Lakanto exclusively but you may also use whole or powdered erythritol or liquid stevia drops instead. Replace Lakanto with equal amounts of erythritol, use stevia drops to taste.

If you like DIY projects, learn how to make a DIY stevia extract!

Tips for an Easy Low Carb Chocolate Cake

Coconut flour is an excellent base for keto baking. Out of all the low-carb flours, this is the one I use the most. Combined with egg, it creates a light and fluffy texture with a slightly sweet, subtly coconut flavor easily masked by cacao powder, vanilla, and other flavoring agents.

  • Give your cake a unique Chocolate Chip Mint flavor by adding ½ teaspoon peppermint extract and ¼ cup cacao nibs or Stevia sweetened chocolate chips.
  • Vanilla powder is a much more potent flavoring agent than the extract, but also more expensive. Substitute vanilla extract in double the amount (ex: 1 tsp vanilla powder = 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • Recipe ratios are formulated for a dark chocolate cake, if you prefer a sweeter result, increase the keto sweetener to ½ cup.
  • If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you certainly can. Bake the cake and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Serve plain or frosted. My Maple Buttercream Frosting is a family favorite! Cream cheese frosting and Whipped Ricotta Frosting also pair well.
  • Decorate with Dairy-Free Keto Icing. There is no better way to add swirls and script.
  • This cake recipe is freezer friendly.
  • Are you feeding a crowd? Double the batch and bake in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. It’s a great recipe to share at birthday and office parties.

This recipe yields 12 servings.

With only 3 g net carbs per serving, Easy Low Carb Chocolate Cake is a delicious, guilt-free way to enjoy dessert while staying on a keto diet.

The recipe below is 100% gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free, low-carb, ketogenic, and sugar-free!

Just for special occasions

Obviously, cake is still cake. Keto and sugar-free or not, it is delicious and easy to overeat. Portion out your serving and stick to it.

If you find that making a whole cake is too much of a slippery slope, try cupcakes instead which will provide you with smaller pre-set, ready-made portions. You may also half the recipe for less yield or make the full batch and freeze half for later.

If you love chocolate, I know you’ll also want to make this Creamy Keto Chocolate Cheesecake! It’s perfect for a special celebration.

On the off chance that you change your mind while reading this recipe and realize you’re actually in the mood for a vanilla cake, check out the recipe. If you’re not going to make it right now, be sure to pin it for later.

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Easy Low Carb Chocolate Cake

Jessica Haggard
An Easy Low Carb Chocolate Cake made with cacao powder and coconut flour is simple enough to make in 15 minutes, yet elegant enough for a dinner party.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 148 kcal

Equipment

  • 8 x 8-inch baking dish

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F (176 C). Melt the butter in the oven as it warms.
  • Whisk the eggs in a small bowl. Add the milk and butter to the eggs, stir to combine. Set aside.
  • In a second bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the dry mixture to the egg bowl and stir until ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Pour batter into a greased 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Bake for 50 minutes, until the center is set and a knife comes out clean after testing the middle.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and cool. Frost if desired, once cool.

Notes

Serve plain or frosted. My Maple Buttercream Frosting is a family favorite! Cream cheese frosting and Whipped Ricotta Frosting also pair well.

Nutrition & Macros

Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 355IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg

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14 Responses

  1. Kate
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    This cake looks absolutely delicious, saving for later! 🙂

  2. Romina
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    5 stars
    This looks so good. I have never cooked with coconut flour so this looks like a great recipe to try experimenting with. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Lisa
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    5 stars
    Love the clean ingredients in this recipe and the fact that it’s low carb. Yum!!

  4. Pam Greer
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    5 stars
    Such an easy cake and I love how you’ve made it healthier!

  5. Calleigh
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    This choco cake looks incredibly moist, rich and chocolatey and looks exactly what my heart desires.

  6. Vee
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    5 stars
    I have been baking grain free for many years and this recipe is straight up the best taste, texture and flavour I’ve made. My kids love it and I love that its easy and not junk filled. Thank you, Jessica! I’m trying the vanilla one next.

    • Jessica Haggard
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      I’m so glad this is a hit in your home! The vanilla cupcakes are great too. You can make cupcakes or a large cake from the same recipe, whichever is best for you!

  7. Ashlee
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    5 stars
    Looks delicious! Love that this has coconut flour- I’m always looking for new ways to use it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Coconut flour is my favorite for ketogenic baking! Hope you like it 🙂

  8. Alison
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    5 stars
    Looks moist, delicious, and easy to make! My kind of cake recipe!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It is all of the above!

  9. Anita
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    5 stars
    I love that this cake is low carb, so this is definitely okay to enjoy on a daily basis. And I love the chocolate and coconut, it’s one of my favorite flavor combo ever. 🙂

  10. Beth
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    5 stars
    I love the tips about making this a little sweet and mint flavored! Such a perfect cake!

  11. Tonje
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Low carb and low calorie chocolate cake? Yes please! Can’t wait to try this tonight!

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