Best Ever Keto Spice Cake {Sugar Free}

Best Ever Keto Spice Cake {Sugar Free}

This is the best ever keto spice cake, full of fall spices while super-moist and delicious! Topped with a dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting.

Spice cake. What comes to mind when you hear it? So many tastes and food experiences are associated with a memory. The sense of taste so easily triggers the mind to remember the good (or bad) times you’ve tasted it before.

For me, my brain forms a picture of me standing in front of the pantry as a kid. I’m staring at that box of spice cake mix in amongst the cornstarch, rice, and other boxes. I sigh thinking how dry it may come out and, “Why couldn’t it be chocolate?”

However, for my daughter, when you hear the words “spice cake” and smell those traditional spices, she goes somewhere else completely. She’s at a picnic style table at a cowboy chuckwagon dinner and western show. Actually, it’s one of her favorite places in the world, and they serve her favorite dessert on a tin plate, spice cake.

Just between you and me, I think this keto spice cake version is even better. Not only is it gluten-free and sugar-free, but it’s super-moist. Also, did I mention the amazingly delish cream cheese frosting?

It’s just about the perfect cake, according to my 10-year-old. I hope you like it too!

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Fall spices flavor this best ever keto spice cake. Gluten-free, sugar-free with a deliciously dreamy cream cheese frosting, it may be the perfect cake for a keto diet. #ketodessertrecipes #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert

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He who controls the spice controls the universe.

Frank Herbert

Author, Dune

What are the spices in keto spice cake?

I love a good strong spice mixture. If it’s called a spice cake, I’m of the opinion you should really taste those spices. However, it is necessary to get a good balance.

Also, it’s so important to get good quality fresh spices. You know that plastic container of ground allspice that’s been in your cabinet for 7 years? Toss it. Buy new. You’ll thank me.

Here are the spices I like to use.

Cinnamon

First of all, cinnamon. For me, cinnamon is truly a sign of fall and the coming winter. It leads us from the first cinnamon spiced fall tea, to the Christmas mulled wine, and of course those fabulous winter keto cinnamon rolls.

When you see a cinnamon stick, did you know that roll is actually tree bark? Yes, cinnamon comes from the inner bark of several trees. I’m not an expert, but most of our cinnamon comes from China and Indonesia. There are different species of cinnamon, and I’ve found what’s titled “Vietnamese Cinnamon” to have some of the strongest and best flavor.

Cinnamon has been prized as a spice for thousands of years. In ancient times, it was highly prized and valuable. In fact, it was considered worthy for the gods. There’s an inscription on the temple of Apollo at Miletus, an ancient Greek city on the western side of Turkey, which records the gifts of cinnamon and cassia.

So take a moment to really enjoy and breath in this sacred spice fit for royals and ancient gods.

Allspice

What is allspice? Actually, allspice is not a mix of nutmeg, cloves, juniper, and others as many people believe. In actuality, it’s a berry, picked before it’s ripe from a tree (the Pimenta dioica). It’s found in southern Mexico, Central America, and other warm climates.

The berry is dried and made into a powder. It’s called “allspice” in English because Europeans thought it tasted like a mix of spices. Columbus actually thought it was pepper, and to his credit, when dried it does resemble a peppercorn.

Do you use allspice? It’s used in all sorts of dishes, from Jamaican jerk chicken, to relishes, to spice cake. Try it out!

Moist gluten-free keto spice cake disappears quickly! Full of flavor, moist, with dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting. A fabulous low carb cake for a keto diet. #ketocakes #ketodiet #lchf

Nutmeg

Next, for a great spice that reminds me of zucchini bread and eggnog, nutmeg!

Where does nutmeg come from? I’m glad you asked! This fragrant spice comes from the seeds of a dark evergreen tree. The seed is dried out and tastes best when freshly ground.

It too is used to spice all sorts of foods, including stews, breads, puddings, you name it. Because I love history, I’m going to include that it was also prized in medieval times. Back then they used it for flavoring and food preservation. In addition, during Elizabethan times the price jumped dramatically because some believed it warded off the plague.

Cloves

Last but not least, I like to include ground cloves in my spice mixture for this low carb cake.

Cloves are a little different than the others because this spice actually comes from the flower buds of a tree (Syzygium aromaticum). Originally, like so many of these spices, they came from islands in Indonesia. The Spice Islands, and those surrounding, add an air of mystery and adventure to pirate stories.

Being a romantic, I drink in all the adventure stories surrounding them.

As far as medicinal properties go, back in the day it was used as a natural anesthetic for dental work. Some say it’s perfect for dental work being anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Now, imagine the aforsaid pirate with his knife and eyepatch getting a tooth pulled and sucking on cloves. Fun picture.

For you, perhaps you’ve poked cloves into oranges at Christmastime? If you haven’t, well you should. ūüėČ

To make keto spice cake you’ll need:¬†

Low carb keto spice cake is packed with fall spice flavor with sugar-free and gluten-free cream cheese frosting. A delight for your tastebuds while in line with a keto diet. #ketocake #ketodesserts #lowcarbcakes

How to make the best keto spice cake

As I said before, the best cake is going to come from good quality fresh ingredients. Start off by assembling your ingredients and kitchen utensils. While they’re out, enjoy comparing the scents of the different spices.

Now to it. First, butter or otherwise grease an 8″ x 8″ baking dish and preheat the oven to 310 degrees Fahrenheit.

Second, start to combine the ingredients. In a high-powered blender, place the butter, sweetener, cream cheese, vanilla, and eggs. Blend it all together for about 30-40 seconds or until completely smooth. (Or mix it all together in a standing mixer).

Don’t you love how easy that sounds? I use a blender more and more lately for my baking, and it’s so quick and simple! You can always use a mixer. However, it’s more difficult to completely combine the ingredients like cream cheese and butter, without lumps.¬†

Now, on the other side of your work space, take out a large bowl. In it, whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves. 

Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and incorporate them with a spatula or mixer. Once completely combined together, add in the nuts if using. As this cake is generally for a member of the family with an allergy to certain nuts, we tend to leave them out.

On the other hand, if you’re not restricted by an allergy, chopped pecans would be absolutely amazing with this. Stir them in hte batter until they’re evenly dispersed. Next, spread the batter into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick just comes out clean.

Unfrosted keto spice cake. #ketocake #lowcarbdessert #spicecake

Sugar-free cream cheese frosting

While the cake cools, it’s a good time to prepare the frosting. This cream cheese frosting is neither too sweet nor too bland. In my opinion, it’s just about perfect!

To begin, mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and sweetener with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. Easy peasy. Mix it long enough to make it slightly fluffy if that makes sense. 

Then, once the cake is cooled, spread it evenly over the keto spice cake. If you want, sprinkle some nuts on the top to make it pretty and add a nutty crunch. 

And vo√≠l√†! Keto spice cake for everyone! Grab a piece because it won’t last very long.

Take a bit of creamy keto spice cake. Packed with spices while gluten-free, sugar-free, and perfect as a low carb dessert. Topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting, delicious. #glutenfreecake #spicecake #ketocake

 

Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.

William Cowper

Low carb cakes

Do you have a favorite low carb cake? Keto spice cake is one we make a lot around here and everyone seems to like on a keto diet or not. This is one of the recipes I keep on hand for the inevitable cupcake the child takes to birthday parties for herself. And guess what! She likes it so much there are very few complaints about having to bring her own gluten-free cake.

Gluten-free, keto baking and cooking can be just as good as the originals, or even better, in my opinion. So embrace autumn, winter and spice. I’m willing it to come soon.

This is one cake you’re going to love!

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Low carb keto spice cake is deliciously moist and packed with spices. Sugar-free cream cheese frosting is the perfect touch on this popular moist gluten-free cake ideal for a keto diet. #ketocake #ketodesserts #ketorecipes #lowcarbcake

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Do you love fall spices?

Keto pumpkin cookies are filled with spices and chocolate chips. Super-delish!

Stack of keto pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice and chocolate gluten-free, low carb goodness! #sugarfreecookies #ketopumpkin

Great keto fall recipes:

  1. Low Carb Cinnamon Pecan Cookies
  2. Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie
  3. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup


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Delicious low carb keto spice cake is full of fall spices and super moist. Topped with a dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting, it's completely gluten-free. #ketocake #lowcarbcake #ketodessertrecipes
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Best Ever Keto Spice Cake

Low carb and keto spice cake, full of fall spices while super-moist and delicious! Topped with a dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Gluten-free spice cake, Keto cake, Keto spice cake, Low carb cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sweetener
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener such as Swerve Confectioners

Instructions

  • Butter an 8" x 8" baking dish and preheat the oven to 310 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a high-powered blender, place the butter, sweetener, cream cheese, vanilla, and eggs. Blend it all together for about 30-40 seconds or until completely smooth. (Or mix it all together in a standing mixer).
  • Take out a large bowl, and whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and combine with a spatula or mixer. Once completely mixed together, add in the nuts if using. Stir until they're evenly dispersed.
  • Spread the batter into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick just comes out clean.

Cream cheese frosting

  • Mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and sweetener with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.
  • Spread the frosting onto the cooled spice cake. Garnish with extra nuts if using.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving 1 piece
Calories 231
 
Total Fat 22 g  
Saturated Fat 8 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 59 mg  
Sodium 172 mg  
Potassium 128 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 6 g  
Net Carbohydrate 2 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Keto Snickerdoodle Muffins

Keto Snickerdoodle Muffins

Delicious and super kid-friendly, keto snickerdoodles in a muffin! Seriously these keto snickerdoodle muffins are a low carb breakfast dream. Cinnamon and sweet with a buttery crunch on the outside with a gluten-free, sugar-free soft middle. Yum.

Did you ever make snickerdoodles as a child? I remember them being one of my dad’s favorite cookies. Or maybe I thought so because I just liked to help my mother make them so much.

I remember how exciting it was to form the dough into balls and swish them around in the bowl of cinnamon and sugar. Also, I remember the house filling with the delicious cinnamon aroma. Inevitably I’d end up staring at the cookies as they cooled and grabbing one too soon. But who can resist?

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Keto snickerdoodles, in a muffin! Soon to be a family low carb breakfast favorite, these are the perfect gluten-free breakfast or snack. Cinnamon and sweet crunch coating with a soft sugar-free middle. #lowcarbrecipesketo #ketomuffins #ketobreakfast

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Cinnamon spice and all things nice.

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Why keto snickerdoodles?

Actually, maybe the questions is more, what is a snickerdoodle? Snickerdoodles are a classic sugar cookie basically rolled in cinnamon and sugar instead of just sugar.

Have you heard of the cookbook, Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombaur? It’s generally accepted as THE American cookbook, and Julia Child even stated it’s the ‚Äúfundamental resource for any American cook.‚Ä̬†

Getting back to the point, in Joy of Cooking, it says that the word “snickerdoodle” is probably German in origin. Most likely it comes from the German word, Schneckennudel,¬†a type of German pastry. AND it goes without saying, I love pastries.

Or it’s possibly a whimsical nonsense word developed to describe the glorious cookie that is a snickerdoodle.¬†

Okay, so why muffins?

Sweet and cinnamony, soft in the middle cookies. Why shouldn’t they translate into a muffin version? These are some of my familly’s favorite breakfast muffins. Truly, they never last long.

Crunchy siugar-free outside with a low carb gluten-free pillowy inside. Delicious keto snickerdoodle muffins are the perfect cinnamon low carb breakfast. #ketomuffins #lowcarbrecipes

To make keto snickerdoodle muffins you’ll need:¬†

Keto snickerdoodles, in a muffin! Sugar-free and gluten-free, this is the perfect cinnamon low carb breakfast recipe. #ketobreakfast #lowcarbmuffins

How to make keto snickerdoodle muffins

To begin, line a muffin tin with 12 silicone baking cups (or other liners such as parchment paper) and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, you’ll find in many of my recipes I prefer to use a blender to a regular standing mixer. Either can be used, but oftentimes I find the blender makes my life easier. It more effortlessly blends together liquids and ingredients like eggs and cream cheese without any lumps.

Therefore, it’s up to you and what you have on hand. However, I prefer to use a blender for this recipe.

After you preheat the oven, put the cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla in a blender and blend on high speed for 30-40 seconds or until well combined. OR, as I said, mix together in a standing mixer.

Dry ingredients

Next, take out a large bowl and measure into it the almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, and sweetener. Whisk it all together evenly. This mixture is referred to as the dry ingredients.

Then, pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and combine it all with a spatula or mixer.

Now this step is optional, depending on your ingredients. However, I find it useful to add in the one-fourth cup of almond milk slowly, a tablespoon or two at a time. Mix it with the muffin batter until it’s similar to a thick cake batter. The amount of almond milk will depend on the type of almond flour and other ingredients use.

Once the batter is ready, use an ice cream scoop or other spoon to fill the twelve muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full until it’s evenly distributed. Then bake the muffins at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the muffins cool completely in the tin or 15 minutes in the tin and then on a cooling rack.

Keto snickerdoodle muffins are a low carb cinnamon breakfast recipe you won't get tired of. Gluten-free, sugar-free, and delicious, they are sure to be a family favorite. #ketomuffins #ketobreakfast #lowcarbmuffins

How to make the cinnamon coating

First, take out two small bowls and place the melted butter in one and mix the sweetener and cinnamon in another. Place them next to each other on the counter.

Second, take one of the cooled muffins. Work quickly and dip all sides of the muffin in the butter, then move it to the next bowl to coat in the cinnamon and sweetener. Now place it on the cooling rack to set.

Then repeat this process with all the muffins. If the butter gets soaked up too much in the muffins and you run out, just melt more to use for the remaining.

I LOVE it when the coating just cools and you bite into the fresh muffin with a crunch on the outside coating into the soft middle. I think I’m hungry.

Low carb muffins for a fabulous grab and go gluten-free breakfast. Keto snickerdoodle muffins for the win. A great addition to your keto diet breakfast recipes. #ketomuffins #lowcarbbreakfast #lowcarbrecipes

How often do you make low carb muffins?

To be perfectly honest, I’d say we make some kind of keto muffins at least once every one to two weeks. I love to have them around for an easy breakfast or snack so I’m not tempted by other things! For me, having keto options around and pre-prepped food are essential for being successful with this way of eating.

What are your favorite breakfasts and snacks to have around the house? I tend to stick with either eggs and bacon (or a variation on that), a smoothie, or an almond or coconut flour pastry. When I’m wishing for fall to come sooner than later, cinnamon is always a good choice!

I hope you try out these keto snickerdoodle muffins, and they quickly become one of your favorites!

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Cinnamon spice in a low carb breakfast. What gluten-free treat could be better? Keto snickerdoodle muffins are soft and delicious and perfect for a low carb diet. #ketomuffins #lowcarbrecipes

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Want more muffins?

Low carb peanut butter muffins, the perfect keto breakfast or with a salad for lunch! Curb your craving and enjoy your low carb diet! #lowcarbmuffins #ketobreakfast

More keto muffin recipes:

  1. Low Carb Peanut Butter Muffins
  2. Cranberry Orange Breakfast Muffins (low carb/keto)
  3. Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins

Are you new to a keto way of eating? Check out these keto diet tips.


Printable Recipe

Keto Snickerdoodle Muffins

Delicious fluffy low carb muffins with a cinnamon and sweet buttery crust!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto cinnamon muffins, Keto snickerdoodle muffins, keto snickerdoodles, low carb cinnamon mufffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (or sub 1 additional cup almond flour)
  • 3/4 cup sweetener (I use Swerve or Lakanto Monk Fruit)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Cinnamon coating

  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp granular sweetener (such as Swerve or Lakanto Monk Fruit)

Instructions

  • Line a muffin tin with 12 silicone baking cups or other liners and preheat the oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla in a blender and blend on high speed for 30-40 seconds or until well combined. OR mix together in a standing mixer.¬†
  • In a large bowl, place the almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, and sweetener and whisk together evenly.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula or mixer.
  • Add in the almond milk slowly and combine with the muffin batter until it's similar to a thick cake batter. The amount of almond milk will depend on the type of almond flour used.
  • Fill the twelve muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full until the batter is evenly distributed.
  • Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cinnamon Coating

  • Place the melted butter in one small bowl and mix the sweetener and cinnamon in another.
  • Once the muffins are cooled, quickly dip all sides of the muffin in the butter, then move it to the next bowl to coat in the cinnamon and sweetener. Place on the cooling rack to set.
  • Repeat with all muffins. If the butter gets soaked up too much in the muffins just melt more to use for the remaining muffins.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227
 
Total Fat 19 g  
Saturated Fat 6 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 82 mg  
Sodium 200 mg  
Potassium 33 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 6 g  
Dietary Fiber 3 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 7 g  
Net Carbohydrate 3 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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