Low Carb Apple Upside Down Cake, Grain Free, Keto Friendly
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I put this low carb apple upside down cake on instagram a few days ago. It was such a visual hit that people began begging me for the recipe. After remaking this recipe for a potluck the other night, I can tell you people went back for seconds and they are not on a grain free or sugar free diet.
This Low Carb Upside Down Apple Cake is Kitchen Tested, Sugar Free, Gluten Free
I had to bake a few to make sure expectations were met. I had a few validations along the way.
- A friend was thrilled when I served her this apple upside down cake at lunch. She couldn’t believe it was low-carb.
- Retro Rose gave a piece to her friend and she asked me to bake him a cake because he loved it so much. He is not on a low carb diet or any diet. That is always the best test of an alternative flour cake.
- I probably ate a little too much of this one, because it was just that good.
In developing this recipe, I referred back to my pumpkin cake post. I loved the texture of that cake which had a cup of pumpkin. I had to find something to replace the pumpkin for moisture and sour cream was my answer.
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Low Carb Apple Upside Down Cake Tested Three Times
If you know me, you know that I will test and retest alternative flour recipes, especially those I believe to be timeless. This incredible mediterranean olive oil orange cake (made with real oranges) took six tries until I was happy.
I did three test bakes on this low carb apple cake to get the texture right.
Every step I take in the kitchen has my readers in mind. I put myself in your shoes, and I want to make sure you can duplicate this at home. This is also why I focus on basic recipes rather than super fancy cakes.
Once you get the basics, you can create anything! If you are successful with this yellow cake recipe, you will be able to make many variations. You could use pears in this recipe, or use the basic batter for a blueberry cake.
I have come to the point that I love baking with almond flour more than any other flour because thirty cakes later, I think I’ve gained a little expertise. However, I’ll keep learning more tricks and sharing with you.
The Baking Process for Low Carb Apple Upside Down Cake
This cake is made with almond four and sweetened with swerve. If you’re unfamiliar with Swerve, it’s a powdered erythritol, that has a net 0 carb count. You can use it with a one to one ratio.
I used two large envy apples, peeling and slicing them thin. If you have apples left over, double up and use all the apples. I used to use Swerve’s brown sugar, but since have found making my own brown sugar with blackstrap molasses is better. It’s mixed with butter to get the sauce that goes into the cake pan first, followed by the apples, followed by the batter.
The cake itself does not contain apples within the batter. The apples are placed in the bottom and will serve as the topping once you turn the cake over. I prefer this. The flavor of the cake is boosted by the ground cardamom. If you don’t have that, you can use a teaspoon of vanilla and dash of freshly ground nutmeg or use all three.
Homemade Brown Sugar for Glaze
Since I first posted this, I discovered it’s easy to make my own brown sugar by mixing 1 tablespoon of black strap molasses to 2 cups of Swerve. I only use 3/4 cups of this for the topping. Blackstrap molasses has 14 carbs, so basically it’s only adding one extra carb to each serving.
The brown sugar glaze is basically brown sugar and butter.
The tricky part is making the brown sugar glaze that goes in first. This mixture can stick to your sauce pan, so as soon as it’s ready, pour into your prepared cake pan and immediately put in your sliced apples. I ended up using a pan with a removable bottom.
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If you do, foil it very well and put a pan under it in case of drips. If you don’t have a pan with a removable bottom put a big piece of parchment paper in pan, so you can make sure you can turn the cake over.
How to Store Low Carb Apple Upside Down Cake
Cake is good at room temperature, loosely covered, or in refrigerator.
Cake can be frozen, defrosted at room temperature or microwaved. I also make this in the bakery in individual lala cake pans.
I enjoy a low carb life style, but am in now way completely giving up fruit. This delicious apple cake is still very low in carbs and in calories.
Nutrition Value: 1 of 12 slices is 7 net carbs, 202 calories.
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Apple Upside Down Cake, Grain Free, Keto Friendly
Dry Cake Ingredients
- 2 1/3 cups blanched almond flour 260 grams
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour 28 grams
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground teaspoon cardamom or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or use both
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup Swerve, granulated or erythritol of choice
- 1 tablespoon Swerve, granulated
- 2 large apples cored, peeled, sliced
- dash salt
- juice of one lemon
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 cup avocado oil or 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Homemade Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Swerve, granulated Or powdered erythritol of choice
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (180 C., Gas 4)
- Line 9 or 10 inch cake pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. If you use pan with removable bottom, wrap bottom heavily with foil. If you don't have that kind of pan, line your pan with parchment paper.
- Mix all dry ingredients together including the powdered erythritol, (Swerve). Set aside.
- Peel and slice apples thinly.
- Place in bowl with lemon juice and teaspoon cinnamon, tablespoon swerve. Set apples aside.
Homemade Brown Sugar
- Mix molasses with Swerve. Use back of spoon and keep mixing in the molasses. Eventually, it incorporates completely. You can use a food processor, but I find the spoon easy.
Brown Sugar Glaze
- Heat butter and brown sugar in small saucepan on low until melted.
- Add in heavy cream. Stir and cook on low for a few minutes until all is incorporated. Set aside.
- Mix eggs on high for about 3 minutes until very well blended.
- While mixer is still running. stream in oil slowly (or melted butter if you go that route).
- Mix sour cream, vanilla and almond milk together in separate bowl. Stream into mix.
- Add dry mix on low just until mixed. Over-mixing makes cake tough.
- Place apples in cake pan in concentric circles.
- Pour brown sugar butter mixture over apples.
- Add cake batter to cake pan. Smooth out top with offset spatula.
- Bake in lower rack of the oven for 50 minutes to 60 minutes. Put tin foil over cake at 30 minutes, as almond flour burns easily. Check at at 40 minutes, and again at 50 minutes to check for doneness. Cake will be able to bounce when touched. Inside middle should be at 210 degrees F.
- Allow to cool completely before removing cake. Use a knife to go around the sides.
- Using a flat plate, turn over so that apples are the top of the cake. If using a removable bottom pan, release that first, before turning over.
- If the top of cake isn't caramelized enough once you turn the cake over, place in broiler for five minutes. Watch carefully.
- Cool completely before serving.
- Cake can be kept in refrigerator up to one week, can be frozen.
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Delicious! Reduced the sugar, used regular sugar, cause I think apples are sweet even though I use tart apples. Halved the receipe but still used 2 apples. Well worth the time to make this yummy cake. Definitely a recipe with saving and making. Yum!
7 net carbs or 7 total carbs?
7 Net Carbs.
I just started the low-carb low sugar diet this upside down cake looks awesome I can’t wait to try it
Well, well Angela. I made this for Thanksgiving. Thank you for developing this recipe. It is the bomb!
Tried this recipe, found that the method didn’t flow very well. Keen to try it but as others have said I think if I do make it again will def I reduce the sugar as probably too much
The sauce was too thin. I assume you are trying to carmelize it and just melting did not yeild thick enough sauce. I reduced sauce by half and half a lemon vs whole, reduced sugar by 1/2.
I just remade this cake and it turned out great.
What size pan did you use? I don’t see where it says anywhere. It looks in the picture like it is a cast iron skillet. If so, do you still line with parchment paper? Eager to try this!
You can use any kind of layer cake pan that is 9 inches or a cast iron pan close enough to that size.
Easy to make. I heated the brown sugar and butter in the microwave and then added the cream and it was fine and didn’t stick to the bowl. Next time I will add more apple and cut the sweetener back to half as it was a bit too sweet for us. Thanks for the recipe.
Where does the 1tbsp of sweetener fit in? “3/4 cup plus 1tbsp”
I just added in an extra tablespoon. It’s part of the quantity.
I would like to know the amount of carbs this has because I know that apples are high carb. Thanks.
It says 7carbs per slice 12 slices per cake
I am getting ready to make this delicious looking cake and I am just wondering…..Does this cake REALLY bake for an hour and 20 minutes??? Seems like a really long time.
Hi No It’s 50 to 60 minutes. You put foil over it at 30 minutes. Then bake another 20 to 30 minutes.
The recipe says baking soda twice. Is it 2 tsp soda or 1 tsp soda, or 1 tsp soda and 1 tsp baking powder?
Thank you! Delicious! It fit a 12″ cast iron pan. Very flavorful. Husband loved it!
Yay, Susan, I love to hear this.