Triple Layer Keto Coconut Cake Recipe

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Triple Layer Keto Coconut Cake Recipe

Triple Layer Keto Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Spinach Tiger

Triple layer keto friendly coconut cake recipe is my favorite celebratory cake. This is the cake the whole family will love and even those not following a low-carb diet. It has a seriously good coconut flavor, a moist (but not eggy) texture and doesn’t taste sugar free (no after taste).

We recently had our bathroom remodeled and the contractor saw the cake and asked for a piece. I told him that this was as sugar free cake made with coconut flour. He LOVED it. This makes me feel so good about making keto friendly desserts that are good enough to get cheers from everyone.

Spinach Tiger has a lot of coconut cake recipes here. I love them all, but I have to tell you, even Retro Rose loved this cake and she never eats anything gluten free!

I have reworked my Keto coconut cake recipe from last year by adding in the full fat coconut milk, which gives this cake flavor and a nice texture.

I make a LOT of keto friendly desserts and I get a lot of questions, especially about ingredients.

Triple Layer Keto Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Spinach Tiger

How can a cake this good be keto friendly?

It has to do with the grain free low-carb coconut flour and and sugar replacement, Swerve.

Triple Layer Keto Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Spinach Tiger

What is Swerve?

Swerve Sweetie is a small company out of New Orleans that produces it’s own brand of powdered erythritol. They make a granulated version, a confectioner’s version, and a brown sugar version. It has a net zero carb effect, does not spike blood sugar.

What’s the difference between carbs and net carbs?

Net carbs are typically carbs minus the fiber when people on a keto diet refer to their macros. In the case of erythritol, the sugar alcohols don’t make any carb impact in the body, so you can count them as zero.

I’ve often wondered about this, but I have eaten a dessert every day for over a year and have lost weight. That would not happen with a sugar-made dessert.

Triple Layer Keto Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Spinach Tiger

Where do you buy Swerve?

This is the number question people ask me. You can find it at your grocery store, or you can order it here on Amazon.

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What kind of pans do I use for this cake?

I love making this as a smaller triple layer cake using these six inch pans. I like this set from Wilton. 

You can make this same cake as a 9 inch double layer cake. You could also cut this recipe in half and make cupcakes or a one layer cake.

What kind of coconut flour do you use?

Sometimes I buy it out of the bin at Whole Foods, but I also like Anthony’s you can buy on Amazon.

Why do I use xanthan gum in keto baking?

Xanthan gum helps hold alternative flours together by adding the elasticity you would get from gluten. You can skip this in the recipe, but the cake could be more crumblier. You can order xanthan gum here on Amazon or find it at your grocery store.

What is the difference between sweetened and unsweetened coconut?

This triple layer coconut cake recipe calls for unsweetened coconut because we are cutting the sugar. Sweetened coconut has sugar added to coconut before it dries, remaining more moist, sweeter with a stronger coconut flavor. Unsweetened coconut is dried coconut, which comes in small pieces or large coconut flakes. It has a milder coconut flavor, but adds coconut texture. I like the Anthony’s Organic Shredded Coconut (amazon).

Why are there so many eggs in this recipe?

Coconut flour absorbs liquid more than other flours. I use 2 eggs per 1/4 cup of coconut flour in my recipes. For this keto coconut cake, separating the eggs and beating the egg whites helps the cake rise and be less dense.

Why do I use stevia glycerite in this recipe while using swerve?

Swerve is powdered erythritol and the stevia glycerite drops work WITH this sweetener well, combatting the cooling effect of swerve. Stevia glycerite is different from liquid stevia, less bitter. It is an option only. 

What is the carb content of this triple layer cake?

Calculating at 12 servings, there are 7 net carbs. This is a high calorie cake at over 600 calories per piece, and is recommended as a special occasion cake and would be wonderful at Easter time.  If this concern you, make 24 cupcakes  which reduces that quite a bit and is good for portion control.

Keto Coconut Cake from Spinach Tiger

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Keto Coconut Cake
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Triple Layer Coconut Cake (Keto, Low-Carb, Grain Free)

Low Carb, Keto Friendly, Grain Free Triple Layer Coconut Cake. Also makes a double layer 8 or 9 inch cake or 18 to 24 cupcakes.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Keto Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut cake, keto coconut cake, low carb coconut cake
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Angela Roberts


Wet Ingredients

  • 8 eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste ORDER HERE
  • 10 drops stevia glycerite ORDER optional

Keto Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare 3 six inch pans with oil or butter. Add a little coconut flour to each pan.
  • Separate eggs.
  • Beat whites until they form soft peaks that stick to the spoon but not all the way to stiff. If using your kitchen aid mixer transfer to a cold bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix all dry cake ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside (coconut flour, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, swerve). Set Aside.
  • Clean mixer and mix egg yolks for two minutes on high.
  • Stream in oil and melted butter while mixer is running.
  • Stream in coconut milk.
  • Add in liquid stevia. Mix well.
  • Add in coconut extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients to this mixture. Mix on low just until mixed.
  • Fold in egg white with a cake spatula.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Check at twenty minutes. You want the cakes to be golden brown.
  • Cool cakes prior to removing. Use a butter knife to go around each cake prior to removing.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Make sure both cream cheese and butter are at room temperature. Sometimes I'll microwave cream cheese for ten seconds to bring that temperature up. Butter should be at 70 degrees F. Soften by cutting in butter pats on a plate. Do not microwave butter.
  • Mix cream cheese first until it’s very smooth.
  • Add in butter, mix until really smooth.
  • Add in vanilla paste, mix.
  • Sift Swerve. Add.
  • Add in heavy cream (or reserve some coconut cream for this).
  • Add in half of the coconut. Reserve remaining coconut for topping the cake.


  • Freeze the cakes on paper plates for about 15 minutes.
  • You may need to use a bread knife to make the cakes even. I usually don’t.
  • Decide which layers will work best on top of each other.
  • Frost each layer and save most for the top. You may not use all the frosting. You could use less and also make a naked cake not frosting the sides.
  • Top with coconut.
  • I like to refrigerate this cake several hours before serving.


Coconut Milk. I use the full fat. Make sure to shake the can well or put the contents of the can in the blender. You may even need to microwave for about 15 seconds to emulsify.
You can use almond milk instead of coconut milk in this recipe. I prefer the coconut milk.

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  1. Hi.
    Do you have to use Swerve or will any keto sweetener work? Do you have a dairy (butter is ok) free option for a vanilla frosting ?

    1. You can use Lakanto or any keto sweetener that is made with erythritol and it will work. I don’t know about other sweeteners. I would not use stevia. I do have a vanilla frosting. I included this frosting. Leave out cream cheese and heavy cream.

    1. If you are that concerned, you might not want to be making desserts. You do realize you can skip the vanilla which at 1 teaspoon per the entire recipe is .75 carb. Honestly that’s not how keto works. The vanilla is 1/12 of .75 carbs.

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