New Keto Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Call me crazy in love with all my readers because I did yet one more test for THE perfect chocolate cake.

Keto Chocolate Cake from Spinach TIger

Keto Chocolate Cake with Almond Flour

My usual recipe for keto chocolate cake calls for coconut flour, but today I switched to almond flour with a little coconut flour.  a I got an exceptional chocolate cake, the one you will think most resembles the chocolate cake of childhood.

It’s not that my original wasn’t good, but if you know me by now, I’m always striving to bring the very best recipes to you.

Keto Chocolate Cake from Spinach Tiger

Not only that, I’m now operating a home based bakery business, featuring keto friendly cakes, biscuits and tortillas. It’s taking off much faster than I anticipated and it’s very exciting that folks who can’t bake, don’t want to bake will be able to enjoy big fat healthy yum!

These are the little cakes available in the bakery.

Keto Chocolate Cake

What is the best Unsweetened Cocoa Powder?

When I opened up the bakery, I tried many different unsweetened cocoa powders. Almond flour is harder to flavor than regular flour and many were coming up short. I discovered Better Body Foods Cacao and got the deep chocolate intensity I was looking for. I highly recommend using this brand.

What is the Sweetener for Keto Chocolate Cake?

I use Swerve as my sweetener. Read about why I use Swerve here. I use the granulated for the cake and the Swerve Confectioner’s for the frosting.

Keto Chocolate Cake from Spinach Tiger

I worked very hard on my chocolate cake because of the bakery.  I wanted a very chocolatey cake that still could take many of different frostings I am offering. By the way, I just developed the very best keto peanut butter and keto german chocolate, which you will absolutely love on this chocolate cake. I will post those later this week.

The Keto Chocolate Cake

I made this as a large one layer cake because that’s how you will most want to make it. Since originally posting this, I have discovered this makes an ample double layer 8 inch cake, a perfect 6-inch triple layer cake and 12 cupcakes (sometimes more).

I’ve adjusted my technique to give the cake a better rise. See tips below.

Is there a dairy free option?

Yes. You can substitute coconut milk in lieu of any milk and sour cream. I’ve done this many times and then topped the cake with a dairy free chocolate ganache. See my ganache recipe here and sub coconut milk for heavy cream.

The Nutrition Value for Keto Chocolate Cake

The Nutrition Value: The cake without frosting is 3 net carbs. There are 12 servings. Frosting usually doesn’t add any carbs if made with butter and Swerve.

Baking Tips

Start by whipping eggs first. Then, stream in oil. I learned this tip watching the baker from the Milk Bar. It makes all the difference in the world. You can use olive oil or avocado oil.

Use Parchment Paper – Almond flour tends to stick. Parchment paper will save your cake. Also, using a baking spray for the sides.

Take the cake’s temperature – Cake is done at 210 degrees F. I will take a cake out at 207 F. but never before.

Don’t over mix the dry ingredients – Once you put the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, barely mix. You may start with mixer on low and then fold in. Cake gets tough if you over-mix.

Use a good cocoa powder – I mention this above. Taste your batter by microwaving a teaspoon of batter. You should taste that chocolate.

Remove your cakes from cake pan to cool. Take a butter knife all around the pan once out of the oven. Wait ten minutes. Use mitts to revert onto very flat surface. To retain moisture, place the pan back over the cake, until cake is cool. Do not touch cake again until completely cooled. This kind of cake falls apart easily when warm.

Freeze cake for a few minutes before frosting. 

Decorate with sugar free sprinkles if desired.

I’ll soon be bringing you all the delicious frostings I’ve created for my bakery, but in the meantime, this keto chocolate frosting is delicious. I also like this cake with a keto vanilla buttercream or a keto strawberry frosting.

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Keto Chocolate Cake

Grain Free, Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake (for one layer cake)
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Keto Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free chocolate cake, keto brownies, keto cake, keto chocolate cake, paleo chocolate cake
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Angela Roberts



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. or 180 C.
  • I use parchment paper, overlapping pan and spray with baking spray and bake two 8 inch layers, a sheet pan or you can make cupcakes with same recipe.
  • Mix dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour: baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum. Set aside.
  • Beat eggs in mixer until very well incorporated on high.
  • Stream oil in while mixer is running. This emulsifies the oil to the eggs.
  • Mix sour cream and milk together. Add.
  • Add Swerve or erythritol of choice.
  • In separate bowl mix cocoa powder with hot water. It may be thick and that's okay.
  • Add in sour cream to cocoa mixture.
  • Add this cocoa mixture to egg mixture.
  • Add in dry mixture, and mix just until mixed. Do not over-mix.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F., 180 C. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is at 210 Degrees F.
  • If making cupcakes, bake at 350 Degrees F. (180 C) for 20 to 25 mins. or until center reaches 210 Degrees F.
  • If making in a quarter sheet pan, bake 15 to 20 minutes. Check Internal Temperature


You can use 1/4 cup heavy cream with 1/4 cup water also.
DAIRY FREE OPTION:  Instead of almond milk and sour cream, you can substitute with 2/3 cup of coconut milk. 


Serving: 112 | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Fiber: 4g

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best ever cake recipe! I have been low carbing for about 17 years so you can imagine the number of cake recipes I’ve tried. Some have been so-so, some ok, some great but none as good and reliable as this one. I am a retired chef and had worked as a restaurant owner, caterer, and specialty baker so I’ve been around the block! Congratulations to you on your bakery and I hope it’s doing well. It’s a lot of hard work but very satisfying. Good for you! Tomorrow I’m making another fancy birthday cake with this recipe. The only change I make is to add a teaspoon of cinnamon which really helps to bring out the chocolate flavour. Thanks for all your hard work and generosity!

  2. 5 stars
    Whoops! Forgot to rate it before. This was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again!

    Also, I used the pam with flour, and no knife needed!

  3. This was my first keto baking adventure…I had so little faith, I actually made the bottom cake layer regular cake in case it was…yucky…(for the kids!).

    I have to say, when I microwaved that dollop to taste (20 seconds max) I swore out loud in surprise. It was GOOD! Great, actually!

    Note: the batter thickened quite a bit while waiting for my one 6” pan to free up. No problem, I just carefully spread it even. Also, I didn’t have sour cream, so I mixed a couple TBS cream cheese and half and half to make the equivalent amount of sour cream and milk, minus one TBS (which I replaced with AC vinegar). This worked awesomely, in case anyone else needs that info.

    Thank you so much! Now everyone in the family (two are keto) can enjoy the birthday cake!!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m new to Keto baking and so far everything that I have baked has turned out just “ok”, but this cake was amazing! The texture was rich and moist. It was absolutely delicious. My three kids loved it and begged for more!

  5. 5 stars
    I have tried so many keto cake recipes but this has them all beat! By far, this is the best cake I have had since going keto over 2 years ago. Really brilliant! It’s moist, rich and flavorful like a chocolate cake should be. I have dairy restrictions so I substituted the milk and sour cream with coconut cream. Turned out fabulous. I’m so grateful for your recipes.thank you very very much!

  6. This cake looks like it will be so tasty. Thanks for sharing. Did I miss the size pan used to bake the cake?

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