Ever since I created my keto coconut bread, I’ve had this idea in my head that the dough would make a fantastic base for a cake. So I thought I’d attempt to bake a keto lemon coconut cake from scratch, and it turned out perfect!
The base of the keto lemon coconut cake is deliciously moist, and combined with the cream cheese icing is now one of my favourite recipes of all time… since I at the entire cake throughout the past week….
Coconut is a superior flour replacement to work with on the ketogenic diet because you don’t need to use as much of it as you would use almond flour (another tremendous low carb flour replacement). I always opt for ¼ of the amount of coconut flour than almond flour, using a ratio of 1:4.
Now don’t worry, I hate it when there is too much lemon in a recipe, and it spoils the entire mix because all you can taste is the lemon. This keto lemon coconut cake recipe has the perfect amount of lemon taste, without the acidity and vulgar flavour that too much lemon can bring.
I use erythritol in this cake to ensure the consistency is similar to sugar. You could use stevia as a replacement, however, you will have to significantly reduce the amount you use (if using liquid stevia). Erythritol tastes better I’ve found when it comes to making keto cakes, so its best used.
The combination of lemon, with lemon zest, gives the cake a clean, fresh tasting texture. Adding acid to a cake is essential to balance out the sweetness from the saltiness, and provides that little zing that keeps you wanting more.
To make the icing on top look pretty, try running a skewer along the top as if you were drawing a chess board.
It’s an old fashioned technique I learned from my grandma when she would bake cakes.
Keto Lemon Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
- Separate the egg whites and yolks. Beat the egg whites until they form white peaks.
- Into the same bowl, place the rest of the cake ingredients (including the egg yolks) into the bowl. Mix until well combined.
- Pour into a greased loaf tin (9” X 5”)
- Bake at 180 C (355 F) for 45 mins (fan forced)
- Whilst the cake is in the oven, beat the cream cheese, erythritol, vanilla extract and lemon zest together with an electric beater.
- Set aside and ice the cake once it has finished cooling.
- Slice and enjoy
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