Keto Vanilla Cake Gluten Free | Sugar Free

This Keto Vanilla Cake is one of our most popular keto recipes ever. So easy and it works beautifully every single time.
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My Keto Vanilla Cake is a very special recipe! I made it my quest to make a cake that everyone will love and use often. It may have taken a while, but I think I have a winner!

It sounds weird to me when I describe this cake as dense but light and fluffy. How a cake can be both dense and light is beyond me but that is what I call this low carb vanilla cake. It is far better than any boxed vanilla cake that is for sure!

This low carb keto cake recipe is also the perfect diabetic friendly cake recipe. Whether you need to cut out sugar or have to cut out sugar as part of your diet, you will be so happy with this cake.

It really is a perfect sugar free cake mix.

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Keto Vanilla Cake

First up this is a keto vanilla cake recipe using almond flour or meal. For those of you looking for a keto nut free vanilla cake I have yet to test this recipe with any nut free flours, but I assure you it is on my list.

So, at this point there is no variation on the almond meal. Usually I would just recommend a pepita and sun flour mix but with the delicate flavour of this cake I am not so sure without testing.

Slice of cake on a green plate

The Ingredients

  • Light tasting olive oil – use an oil with a neutral flavour. Oils like extra virgin olive oil are too strong for the cake.
  • Sweetener  – I use either Sukrin:1 or Monkfruit sweetener. The choice is yours of course.
  • Almond flour or almond meal
  • Eggs – I always use room temperature jumbo eggs
  • Sour cream or Greek yoghurt. Coconut cream can be used for a dairy free keto vanilla cake.
  • vanilla extract
  • baking powder
Keto cake on white table

How to make Keto Vanilla Cake

This really is an easy recipe. Basically you can whisk this altogether in a large bowl, use a stand mixer or a Thermomix®.

For layered cakes, like mine pictured, just double or triple the mix.

All my recipe temperatures are based on a fan-forced oven unless otherwise stated.

I always line my springform tins so the cake can easily be removed.

Allow to cool completely before attempting to ice with buttercream.

Slice of keto vanilla cake on a green plate

How to create the “naked” frosting look

You can frost the cake however you please with it just added thickly on top or a little bit fancier. I have gone for a very trendy keto naked cake look. There are just a few tips for frosting this way.

If doing a layered keto naked cake look first start with cutting the top off the cake to completely level each cake. The excess cake tops can be used for some very tasty Cake Bliss Ball recipes.

Once level, pipe a thick circle of frosting around the edge of cake and one in the middle. Using an angle cake spatula smooth out the layer between the cakes but leave the thick outer circle as is.

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Top with next layer and repeat. (If doing more than 2 layers keep repeating as needed).

Pipe remaining frosting on top of cake. Using angled spatula smooth over top and spread frosting over sides of cake.

Once the sides are covered, gently scrape back with angled spatula or cake scraper until you unveil the outer edge of the cake with just a thin scraping of frosting.

Any excess frosting can be added to the top or used in another recipe.

(Video below is demonstrating the piping on a carrot cake – so you get the idea)

carrot cake with piped frosting on top

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Keto Vanilla Cake

This is a simple but fantastic keto vanilla cake, that I'm sure will become your go-to recipe!
4.93 from 52 votes!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Low Carb
Diet: Diabetic
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 16 slices
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  • 150 g powdered sweetener I use Sukrin Melis
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 200 g butter cubed
  • 340 g cream cheese softened, and cubed
  • 1 tbsp cream



  • Preheat oven to 160℃. Line a 20 cm springform tin.
  • Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer until combined.
  • Spoon mix into prepared springform tin.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until cooked through. Cool on wire tray until cool.


  • Preheat oven to 160℃. Line a 20 cm springform tin.
  • Place all ingredients into mixing bowl. Mix 1 minute/speed 3. Follow from Step 3 above.



    • Mix all buttercream ingredients in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
    • Pipe thickly onto edge of bottom cake. Place second cake on top (if doing double) and pipe buttercream on top of cake.
    • Using an angled icing spatula, generously spread buttercream over sides and top of cake.
    • Once completely covered if you want to achieve the "naked" look, gently scrape back the icing using the angled spatula or cake scraper. Be careful to only take the icing back to the edge of the cake, and not to remove the crumb of the cake. Decorate the cake how you prefer.


    • Mix all ingredients 1 minute/speed 5. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl. Mix for further 1 minute/speed 5, or until smooth and fluffy. Follow from Step 2 above.



    1. My recipes are baked in a fan-forced oven. If you are baking in a conventional oven, you can increase the temperature by between 10 and 20 degrees, and monitor the cake to make sure it isn’t browning too quickly. Cover the top with foil if you see this happening, and continue to bake until cooked in the centre.
    2. For layered cakes, like mine pictured, it is safe to double or triple the recipe in both a stand mixer and the Thermomix®.
    3. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) has a very strong flavour that will overpower the delicate vanilla flavour. If you want to substitute with olive oil, choose a light tasting olive oil instead. 
    4. Double acting baking powder reacts and creates gas bubbles twice; once when moisture is added, and a second time when it’s heated. In comparison to a regular baking powder, this gives keto and gluten-free baking a better texture as the ingredients are denser and need a bit more help with rising. 
    5. It is always better to line all your baking tins, as this ensures that the cake can be removed easily.
    6. It is really important to allow the cake to cool completely before icing it, otherwise the buttercream will melt.
    7. You can store the keto vanilla cake, in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 1 week. You can also freeze it for up to 1 month.

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    Serving: 1slice | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 2mg | Net Carbs: 3g
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    • Pat says:

      Does anyone have this recipe not in metric please? I need ounces, I am in the U.S. thank you

    • Tamara says:

      5 stars
      The best cake ever!!!! I put raspberry filling (sf) in the middle and Frost with cream cheese frosting. OR – just eat it plain. Sooooo yummy!!

    • Sheldon says:

      This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Could you tell me approximately what weight makes up a serve, please? Thank you!

      • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

        Hi Sheldon the serves are based on slices (equally) sorry I have not weighed each one. The cake is very delicious and super easy to make as well.

    • Karen says:

      5 stars
      Hi Megan,
      I don’t have extra virgin light olive oil only extra virgin olive oil and I want to make this now 🙂 can I substitute it for butter if so how much would I use.Kind regards

    • Tan says:

      I know you mentioned that the recipe calls for one (1) layer cake — so if I want to make two-layers, I should put 8 eggs, correct?

      • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

        Absolutely Tan. Just completely double the recipe and it will turn out perfect.

    • Nora Guerrero says:

      5 stars
      Baked the vanilla keto cake for fathers day since my dad and husband are diabetic. It was deliciously moist, tasted like regular cake. My dad loved it because it was low carb and not too sweet and because he could indulge guilt free. It was iced with HWC, cream cheese and sweetner & decorated with fresh strawberries, sugar free glaze, canned fruit in light syrup.
      Thanks for your amazing recipes.

      • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

        Hi Nora, I am so glad your dad and hubster enjoyed your cake. Thanks so much for letting me know how it went and a big Happy Fathers Day to your dad. I love hearing that one of my recipes can make others happy and enjoy a healthy meal or treat. x

    • Misty says:

      Can anyone suggest a possible substitute for the sour cream? Would like to make this for someone who is dairy intolerant.

    • Tracy says:

      5 stars
      Wow…. what a fabulous cake. Love the combination of a light cake but with the density of the almond meal. This has become my go to treat!!! Thanks so much Megan for all your amazing low carb recipes. Life is never dull anymore 😊

    • Nil says:

      5 stars
      Can egg whites be used instead of eggs?

    • Nilo says:

      5 stars
      Can we use egg whites instead of eggs?

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