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Sweet and Tart Keto Lemon Drizzle Cake with Sugar-Free Icing

Sweet and Tart Keto Lemon Drizzle Cake with Sugar-Free Icing | Ketoship

While there’s no denying that chocolate is really awesome, sometimes it’s nice to mix things up when it comes to desserts. This fresh and tangy tasting keto lemon drizzle cake is a low-carb take on the British classic: moist and moreish thanks to the sugar-free lemon syrup and icing, its texture has just the right amount of crumb to make you forget that you aren’t eating your traditional carb-laden offering.

This is one of my favourite desserts to serve in the spring: because of its intense lemoniness, it’s a firm favourite at my table and is guaranteed to impress anyone who isn’t too keen on chocolate (is there really such a person?!), or who simply wants a little taste of something different. Let’s eat!

The recipe

Makes 12 slices. See nutritional information below.

For the cake:

For the lemon syrup**:

For the sugar-free lemon icing**:

  • ¾ cup xylitol
  • ¼ cup erythritol
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp lemon extract*
  • Generous squeeze lemon juice (to taste)

*You may need to adjust the quantities of lemon extract: mine was quite mild-tasting, but I know there are other stronger tasting ones out there.

**I didn’t use all of the syrup and the sugar-free icing (probably around half of each), so please take this into account when working out your macros.

  1. Heat your oven to 170°C / 340°F and line a loaf pan with some baking paper.
  2. Beat the eggs, xylitol, erythritol and softened butter together until pale, thickened and frothy. Add the lemon extract, juice and melted coconut oil and mix until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. When well combined, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold until well mixed.
  4. Pour into your loaf pan, and bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. You may need to cover the cake with foil at the 20 minute mark to ensure that it doesn’t brown too quickly on the top.
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the syrup by mixing the lemon juice and the xylitol in a small saucepan and cooking it until it changes colour and turns into a thick syrup. It took me about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Once the cake is done, grab a fork and prick it all over the top. Using either a pastry brush or simply a spoon, drizzle the lemon syrup all over the cake. Don’t worry if you don’t use it all. Leave the cake to cool.
  7. While the cake is cooling, grind the xylitol and erythritol to a fine powder in a food processor. Mix the icing ingredients together. When the cake is cool to the touch, drizzle the icing all over the top, making it drip down the sides for a decidedly indulgent look. Again, it isn’t necessary to use all of it. Let the icing harden somewhat before slicing.
Keto lemon drizzle cake Calories Fat    (grams) Carbs (grams) Protein (grams) Fiber (grams) Net carbs (grams)
1 ½ cup almond flour 960 84 36 36 18 18
1 ½ tbs coconut flour 45 1.5 6 1.5 3.8 1.2
3 large free-range eggs 210 13.5 3 18 0 3
2 tbs softened grass-fed butter 203 23 0 0 0 0
½ cup melted extra-virgin coconut oil 1040 112 0 0 0 0
Juice of 3 lemons 36 0 12.4 0.5 3.5 8.9
Juice of 3 lemons 36 0 12.4 0.5 3.5 8.9
2 tbs milk 15 0.6 1.6 1 0 1.6
TOTAL 2545 234.6 71.4 57.05 28.8 41.6
Per serving (if 12) 212.1 19.55 5.95 4.75 2.4 3.46

Please note that xylitol and erythritol are sugar alcohols, meaning the carbohydrates they contain cannot be assimilated by our systems. This means they pass through us, barely affecting our blood sugars. This is why they have not been included in this nutritional information break down. The nutrient content of lemon extract and baking soda/powder being close to void, they have not been included here either.

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Jessica Johansen is a digital marketer, consultant and blogger who specialises in wellness, fitness and nutrition. She aims to equip her readers with the tools they need to live their best lives and feel great, even on a crazy busy schedule! Please stop by Jessica Says to say hello!

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