This keto French almond cake is a moist, buttery almond cake made of almond flour. Bonus, this easy French-style almond cake is also gluten-free, sugar-free with a dairy-free option, and only 3.6 grams of net carbs per slice.
As a French person on a keto diet, sharing a version of the popular French almond cake is must! A buttery, moist cake with a delicious almond flavor.
A French almond cake is a typically French butter cake served as a tea cake. It has a moist, buttery crumb with a delicious almond flavor.
But a typical French almond cake would contain more than 30 grams of net carbs per slice! Far from keto-friendly.
This keto recipe is the easiest cake recipe to start your keto baking journey. All you need is one bowl and the ingredients below.
To make the most delicious, moist, and soft almond flour cake without sugar or gluten, you need:
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The key to success when baking an almond flour cake is first to measure your flour with precision. You can use a kitchen scale or measuring cups. But, if you chose measuring cups, always use the scoop-level up option.
It means you scoop the almond flour from the bag, then level up the top of the measuring cup with a knife to remove excess.
First, in a large mixing bowl, combine the beaten eggs with melted butter, almond milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, baking powder, and salt. In fact, beating the baking powder into the liquid ingredients activates the powder and makes the cake texture softer.
Then, gradually stir in the almond flour using a wooden spoon to incorporate the flour into the bowl without forming lumps.
Don’t use an electric beater to make this low-carb almond cake recipe. It will add too much air to the batter, and it won’t form a buttery, packed crumb, as you see in my pictures.
I won’t repeat this enough. Almond flour is different from wheat flour. It forms a thicker cake batter that sticks easily to your pan. So always double-grease your pan to prevent the cake from sticking to the bottom or side of the pan.
First, grease a 9-inch springform pan with coconut oil or butter on the sides and bottom. Then, add a circle piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the pan and grease the paper again generously.
Finally, pour the almond cake batter into the pan and spread evenly. Smoothen the top of the cake with the back of the spatula. Finally, sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the cake and slightly press them into the batter with your hands.
Place the cake pan in the oven’s center rack and bake at 160C (325F) for 30-45 minutes. You know the cake is ready when the top of the cake is slightly golden brown, and a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a little to no crumb on it.
Cool down on a rack for at least 3 hours or overnight. The longer you wait before slicing an almond cake, the better the texture will be.
Finally, slightly run a knife around the cake and release the cake by opening the sides of the springform pan. Cool the cake on a cooling rack for 30 minutes or overnight before slicing.
For a different perspective on this recipe, watch my step-by-step story about making this ridiculously easy keto cake!
This almond flour keto cake has a buttery, moist and sweet crumb with a strong almond flavor. The crumb is as buttery as my keto lemon pound cake recipe, but the texture is way more light and fluffy.
The moist, buttery crumb balanced very well the crunch of the toasted sliced almonds on top.
A French almond cake is typically served with a dash of powdered sweetener on top.
First, wait for the cake to reach room temperature.
Then, use a small sieve to sprinkle powdered erythritol on top of the cake. Never add the powder sweetener on top of a warm cake, or it gets reabsorbed by the cake crumb.
Finally, cut the cake into 12 slices and serve each cake slice plain or with a dollop of keto vanilla ice cream on top.
This keto almond flour cake store for up to 4 days in a sealed cake box in the fridge. I recommend you store the cake unsliced to preserve all the moisture in the crumb. Then, slice the cake just before serving.
Of course, this is a large keto cake, and you can also freeze slices of cake for later. It’s very convenient to thaw on a plate at room temperature when your cake craving hits you. Thaw the cake slice on the kitchen counter overnight.
No, coconut sugar is not a keto-friendly sweetener, so I don’t recommend using this option in my keto cake recipes.
However, if you are not on a keto low carb diet, simply looking for a paleo almond flour cake or gluten-free cake that uses almond flour, then coconut sugar or any sugar is a great to swap erythritol.
It’s very different to bake with almond flour than other regular flours like wheat flours or other keto flours.
In fact, almond flour is very low in carbohydrates because it’s a non-starchy flour made of grounded almonds.
As a result, almond flour is less liquid absorbent than wheat and creates thick, slightly gritty cakes batter. Below I listed 7 tips to help you make a cake with almond flour if it’s your first time baking with almond flour:
So, to sum up, baking cake with almond flour is easy. But like everything new, baking with almond flour requires practice, patience, and precision.
Give yourself time to learn to bake almond flour cakes. And if something doesn’t work at first, try other almond flour brands and stick to the 7 rules above. With time, practice, and precision, you will make the most delicious almond flour cake keto-friendly!
I am a keto cake fan, and there is never a week without a cake in my house. Below I listed my favorite keto cake recipes for you to try.
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