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Almond flour chocolate cake – keto + paleo

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This almond flour chocolate cake is the best easy keto chocolate cake for birthday parties! You’ll love its moist texture and sweet chocolate almond butter frosting!

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Keto chocolate cakes are the essential ingredient that makes living on a keto diet easier. Everyone loves chocolate, but most cake recipes are so full of sugar that low-carbers need to stay way clear of them. This recipe solves that problem, with a keto-friendly cake you can treat yourself without having to worry about your macros!

How do you make a keto chocolate cake?

There are a few tricks to making a keto version of a chocolate cake.

  • Using a low-carb flour
  • Replacing sugar with a 0-calorie good sweetener – check out our review of keto-friendly sweeteners for more details!
  • Taking the unsweetened version of the other ingredients like milk, cacao powder, etc.

Now let’s get into this specific recipe. This Almond Flour Chocolate Cake is an easy, gluten-free chocolate cake made of 9 simple keto ingredients, which means it’s not only keto-friendly but it’s also diabetic friendly chocolate cake too!

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The basic ingredients to make this easy moist chocolate cake are:

  • Almond flour – make sure you are using fine blanched almond flour. Almond meal is coarser and dries out cakes recipes
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – brings the lovely chocolate flavor to the cake without the sugar and carbs
  • Sugar-free crystal sweetener – feel free to choose your favorite from erythritol, Monk fruit or xylitol. Another non-keto healthy option is coconut sugar if you are on a paleo diet
  • Eggs – this recipe doesn’t work with any egg replacement
  • Unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk if desired
  • Baking powder or use half the amount of baking soda
  • Vanilla essence or vanilla stevia drops

How to make a moist keto chocolate cake?

The key to create a moist cake is to bake it at low temperature – 160C (325F) is the best – and on conventional mode. Also, I always recommend to check the baking quite often during the last 10 minutes. You should remove the cake from the oven when a pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean but slightly moist and wet. This means that some moisture is still in the center to ensure the best texture. Finally. always beat all the liquid ingredients on high speed with an electric mixer before incorporating into the dry ingredients. Therefore, the cake is less dense and fluffier.

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Making a delicious chocolate almond butter frosting

This is the best part of this almond flour chocolate cake. You will love the combination of the creamy chocolate, almond butter cream and moist keto chocolate cake. Of course, you can replace almond butter with peanut butter if desired but it will raise the carbs slightly! Read more about my chocolate almond butter frosting recipe here.

Can I make ahead a keto chocolate birthday cake?

If you want to create a 2-layer keto chocolate cake as you see on my pictures, you will have to bake this recipe twice, one per layer. Also, make sure you bake each layer one at a time in your oven. You can actually bake the layers 24 to 48 hours before assembling your cake. In order to keep your layers moist you can store them in a cake box or on a plate in the fridge wrapped with a piece of wrap.

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How to assemble the keto chocolate cake?

First, make sure the cake layers are cold, at room temperature. This might mean you have to cool them for at least 3 hours or overnight before adding any frosting if you didn’t do them ahead of time. Then, I recommend using a turning table. Place the first cake layer on the turning table, add 1/3 of the frosting in the middle of the cake and using a spatula spread the frosting, from the middle to the side, while you turn the table at the same time. Next, add the second cake layer and 1/3 of the frosting. Proceed as before to spread the frosting all over the cake. Obviously some of the frosting is going to leak out on the side of the cake but that’s ok. Spread the rest of the frosting on the side and keep turning the table while applying a medium pressure with your spatula on the side of the cake.

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Can I store this keto chocolate cake?

Yes, you can store this chocolate cake in the fridge for up to 4 days. Always make sure the cake is in an airtight container or in a cake box to keep it moist and fresh.

My other favorite keto cake recipes

If you’ve liked this recipe, you will love my other cake recipes

Don’t forget to share a picture of your cake with me on Instagram if you give this a try! I love to look at your creations.

xoxo Carine
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Keto chocolate cake

This keto chocolate cake is an easy almond flour chocolate cake with a creamy chocolate almond butter frosting.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
12 slices
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Liquid ingredients

  • 4 large Egg at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil or melted butter, not hot, lukewarm or room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk - at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Dry ingredients

Chocolate almond butter frosting

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter or dairy-free butter, soft, out of the fridge for 3 hours at least
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chocolate Stevia Drops - adjust to taste
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk at room temperature, not cold!
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  • Preheat oven at 160C (325F). Grease a 9 inch round cake pan with coconut oil or butter. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric beater, beat eggs, melted coconut oil (or butter), unsweetened almond milk and vanilla together for 45 seconds on medium/high speed or until fluffy and small bubbles forms on the top. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, stir together the almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar free crystal sweetener and and baking powder.
  • Pour the egg mixture onto the dry ingredients and use a manual whisk to gently combine the ingredients together and form the chocolate cake batter.
  • Transfer the cake batter into the prepared round cake pan and place the pan in the center rack of your oven.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is set and a skewer inserted in the middle come out clean but still wet and moist. If it comes out with crumbs on the skewer keep baking but it's better to keep the center slightly moist for the best melt-in-your mouth cake texture.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer on a cooling rack and wait until it reach room temperature before frosting.
  • Repeat the same recipe to create a second cake layer if desired. Make sure you clean, dry and grease the cake pan again before adding the second cake batter in it.

Chocolate almond butter frosting

  • Make the frosting just before frosting the cake to keep it soft and easy to spread. In a large mixing bowl, beat the soft butter along with almond butter, until creamy and smooth.
  • Beat in the stevia drops, unsweetened cocoa powder and almond milk until fluffy and sweet. If your frosting is too dry, this can happen if your almond butter was a bit old/less oily, you can adjust the texture of the frosting by adding 1-4 tablespoon of almond milk at room temperature. Add 1 tablespoon at a time, beat and stop adding when it reach your favorite keto frosting texture. The more you add the fluffier and creamier it will be. Taste sweetness and adjust stevia drops to taste!

How to assemble a layer cake ?

  • Make sure both cake layers are cold before frosting your cake or the frosting will melt. I recommend you wait at least 3 hours after the cake has been baked or place cake 1 hour in the fridge for best result.
  • Place one cake layer on a plate, add 1/3 of the fresh frosting in the middle of the cake layer. Spread the frosting from the center to the edge using a flat tool or spatule. Add the second cake layer on top, add 1/3 of the frosting on top the cake layer and repeat as before. Use the left over frosting to spread on the sides of the cake.


  • You can store your cake in a cake box or airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Nutrition panel notes:
The cake serve 12 slices.  The nutrition panel card below is for one slice of one cake layer with NO frosting. If you make 2 layers of cake it means you bake two cakes. The net carbs will be 2 times the one shown on the panel plus frosting meaning 4.6 g net carbs per slice. Details below. 
  • Net carbs for one slice, one cake layer, no frosting: 3.2 g
  • Nutrition panel for one slice, two cake layer , with frosting: Calories: 280 kcal, Fat: 22.4 g, Protein: 7.2g, Carbs : 8.3 g, Fibers: 3.7 g, Net carbs: 4.6 g, 
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Nutrition Facts
Keto chocolate cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.7g13%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugar 0.6g1%
Protein 4.5g9%
Net Carbs 3.2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Keto Almond Flour Chocolate Cake

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey Carine , love all your recipes ???? I want to bake a keto cake which is eggless . It will really helpful if u can help with that !

    • I didn’t had success making an egg-free keto cake yet I am sorry. Since keto flours has no starch, cakes doesn’t hold their shape without eggs. Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

    • No sorry, you can’t substitute crystal sugar free sweetener for stevia powder in cakes or cookies since stevia don’t melt and don’t add texture. Use my sweetener converter to help you swap one brand to another brand of keto sweetener. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  2. 5 stars
    I love your cake recipes! This is my second time baking this cake and it’s delicious!! It hits the spot when I’m craving double chocolate cake. The first time I did a layer cake with peanut butter frosting in the middle and chocolate frosting on top. This time I was running low on cocoa powder so I subbed in peanut butter powder for the second cake. It turned out even better than expected. Moist, fluffy, chocolate-y, peanut butter cake! Thanks so much!

  3. 4 stars
    I am just learning to bake so my treats haven’t been the best. I follow this recipe and my cake was dry and not moist. other than that, it was deli! I am wondering how much does the temperature and ingredient consistency in each step counts towards the moist of a cake? Does this make sense?

    • Keto baking is high fiber baking, it means that the ingredients soak the liquid really fast ending in a dry cake if you add a little bit too much of it. It is very important to measure the flour precisely, packed, levelled up cups and to use ultra fine blanched almond flour (not coarse almond meal). Also, as any cake always check the baking inserting a pick in the center of the cake after 20 minutes. The pick should be clean but moist this means the cake is cooked but still retains moisture. I hope this will help you for next time. Thank you again for trying my recipes ! Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

    • Sure, you can replace almond butter by any nut or seed butter like cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, peanut butter.

      • Hi! What if I want to keep it just regular butter, or ghee? Is it possible? Can I use the quantity of butter mentioned + quantity of almond butter mentioned = total ghee? Thank you!

        • Yes sure, you can simply use soft butter in the frosting. This will work just fine as well. Enjoy the cake, XOXO Carine.

    • Unfortunaly you can’t simply becaus ecoconut flour contains 4 times more fibe than almond and it soak liquid very much. You can’t replace those flour with a 1! ratio. However I have 100 % coconut flou chocolate cake recipe for you here. Give it a go! It works well for layer cakes too, Enjoy, XOXO Carine.

    • I dont’ have a recipe book yet, I am sorry. But you can access all my recipes here on the blog for free. Have a lovely time, XOXO Carine

    • Any chocolate with more than 85% cocoa are keto friendly. I like to use either lindt 90% or sugar free chocolate sweetened with stevia from Lilys sweet chocolate. Enoy the recipe. XOXO Carine.

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