Keto Birthday Cake

by hungryelephant

Hot damn – a keto birthday cake ‘sprinkles’ and all! No sugar, no grains and no gluten! Whip up this easy cake for your next birthday!

Ok, so I’ll admit, the first time I made this it was a DISASTER. I took it out of the oven and it completely collapsed.. but with a few tweaks of the oven temperature, this time around it came out GREAT.

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For the sprinkles, I decided to use unsweetened coconut flakes and used a food colouring. Now most food colouring is made from caramelized sugar. I used Club House liquid food colouring that doesn’t seem to have any sugar in it. You can skip this step if you don’t feel comfortable.

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For the icing, I made a cream cheese white chocolate chip frosting and boy it is delicious. This also doubles as a two-in-one recipe! I also go over how to make white chocolate!

So enjoy this delicious keto birthday cake and most importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

If you’re looking for some other delicious kinds of cake, try our chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, Kentucky Butter Cake, Reeses Peanut Butter Cake or our 1-minute mug cakes!



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Keto Birthday Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A keto birthday cake! Sprinkles and all. This delicious dessert is totally sugar free, gluten free and grain free and has a decadent white chocolate chip icing!



  • 4 heaping tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • Liquid food colouring


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar substitute (I used a monk fruit/erythritol blend)
  • 100g melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder


  • 16oz cream cheese (2 bricks)
  • 4 oz cacao butter
  • 6 1/2 tbsp powered sweetener (I used Swerve Confectioners)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Separate your coconut flakes evenly into 4 or 5 different bowls.
  2. Add 4 drops of liquid food colouring into a bowl and mix with a toothpick.
  3. Continue with a different colour for each bowl.
  4. Set them aside and let them dry out.
  5. In a bowl, mix together your cake ingredients.
  6. Pour into a cake pan. I used a 7 inch springform pan lined with parchment paper.
  7. Top with a little bit of the sprinkles and use a spatula to spread them around.
  8. Bake at 350 for roughly 30 minutes or until you can put a toothpick into it and it comes out clean 
  9. Let it cool and put in the second cake if necessary (I only had one pan).
  10. For the icing, heat up your cacao butter on LOW until melted.
  11. Add 3 1/2 tbsp of powdered sweetener. Place it on a flat sheet (plate, cookie sheet etc) and let it cool/harden.
  12. In a bowl, beat your cream cheese until fluffy. 
  13. Add in your hardened chocolate and 3 more tbsp of powdered sweetener and beat until incorporated.
  14. Once your cakes have cooled, place a BIG dollop of icing on the top of one and spread it evenly around. Place the other cake on top,
  15. Scrape the rest of the icing onto the cake and spread around until covered.
  16. Use the rest of the sprinkles for decoration.


4 net carbs per slice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 40.6gCarbohydrates: 6.3gFiber: 2.3gProtein: 8.7g

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Joyce Nahorski March 17, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Your recipe says cocoa for the sprinkles I am presuming you meant coconut?

hungryelephant March 17, 2018 - 4:17 pm

Yes! Coconut! I will change thanks for letting me know!

Sharla Clark March 17, 2018 - 11:09 pm

I’ve never baked with artificial sweeteners… Could I use swerve in the cake? I don’t really want more than one type of sugar alternative.

hungryelephant March 18, 2018 - 7:48 am

Yes you can for sure!

Tawny August 9, 2018 - 10:51 pm

I used Swerve!! Mmmm!

Elaine March 21, 2018 - 10:10 pm

The video says two blocks (16oz) of cream cheese but the recipe says 8oz. Which one is correct?

hungryelephant March 22, 2018 - 12:43 am

Video! I will change the recipe. Thank you

Lindsey March 31, 2018 - 1:44 pm

I’m making this now. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Two things that I noticed, your directions don’t say anything about adding the coconut to the cakes before baking, saw it in the video after I put the cakes in the oven. Also the video says 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and your written recipe says 1.

hungryelephant March 31, 2018 - 1:55 pm

Ugh – sorry. I will change that now. I gotta learn to proofread.. Doh! Thanks for letting me know – as or the baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp is fine.

Pauline April 23, 2018 - 10:12 pm

What can be used instead of cacao butter, please? It’s quite pricey here, but I want to try making this, as I have a birthday coming up soon. TIA ☺

hungryelephant April 23, 2018 - 10:16 pm

You could always make a chocolate frosting with cocoa powder.. or add some peanut butter for a peanut butter frosting! ?

Hope May 8, 2018 - 9:18 pm

I’m having a hard time finding the cacao butter . Where besides the internet can you find it ? What stores and what dept. would I find it in ? Hate to pay for the shippping / way to much .

hungryelephant May 8, 2018 - 11:50 pm

Hi hope! What country are you from?

Hope May 9, 2018 - 5:48 pm

USA , Louisiana

hungryelephant May 9, 2018 - 6:00 pm

Im just searching online for places in Louisiana that should sell it. Hmm. It would most likely be in any health foods/organic store if you have any nearby. I also just searched walmart and it’s listed on their website. You may find it in their stores or be able to pick it up. Hope that helps!

Hope May 10, 2018 - 3:04 am

Yes ma’am I did find it on the Wal Mart site , just felt like the shipping was a bit high . Our store here does not caring it . I will check in Houston on my next trip . Thank you very much for taking time to answer my questions . Have a wondrful day !

Elizabeth May 17, 2018 - 5:50 pm

CAn we use coconut oil instead of cocoa butter? I can’t wait to try it but I’ve never bought cocoa butter, so I have everything on hand except the cocoa butter ?

hungryelephant May 18, 2018 - 1:58 am

Unfortunately not. Cocoa butter is basically unsweetened white chocolate. So it gives the icing taste. You could use cocoa powder or even peanut butter if you want though!

Sandy June 4, 2018 - 11:22 pm

perhaps using a recipe for keto cream cheese frosting instead

Erica May 18, 2018 - 12:22 am

I was thinking of making cupcakes instead, so that it’s not so high in calories and fat. Do you think cutting the recipe in half will work for that? And would the baking time be cut to 15-20 minutes? That seems standard for most cupcakes…Thanks!

hungryelephant May 18, 2018 - 1:57 am

Yes of course!!

Misty June 12, 2018 - 9:26 pm

Did the cupcakes work out? I’m thinking of trying this in cupcake form as well.

Lydia Settles June 13, 2018 - 8:36 pm

I’m a bit confused – does this recipe make TWO 7″ cakes or just one?
Sorry to be dense 🙂

hungryelephant June 14, 2018 - 10:46 am

Hey! This recipe makes two!

Brittany September 23, 2018 - 4:35 pm

I followed the recipe and put it all in one pan and it’s been in the oven for 10mins already ? ugh

hungryelephant September 23, 2018 - 11:44 am

Hey! So it makes two cakes.if you put it in the oven all as one, just cook it for longer until it’s cooked all the way through and then cut it in half afterwards. 🙂 hope that helps! You may have to cook upwards of 40 mins depending on your oven

Lindsey July 15, 2018 - 12:02 pm

How many cupcakes would this recipe make? I saw someone cut the recipe in half-how many did you get out of it? If I didn’t cut the recipe in half couldnt I just I just have more cupcakes?

hungryelephant July 15, 2018 - 12:06 pm

I haven’t made cupcakes with it but I think you should get a good dozen out it, maybe a few more!

Becki September 25, 2018 - 12:26 am

I made 18 standard sized cupcakes out of this recipe last night.

Cindy July 25, 2018 - 11:32 am

Hi! I’m wondering since I’m not using the cacao butter, and you mentioned on a comment that you can use PB or coco powder, so would it still be 4oz coco powder and 6tablespoon confectioners sugar??!

hungryelephant July 25, 2018 - 1:12 pm

Hi! I would use probably 4-5 tbsp of cocoa powder and then 5 tbsp of sugar substitute. Taste and go from there. I think 4oz might be a bit too much because the powder is strong! Hope that helps.

Erin July 26, 2018 - 12:57 pm

I dont have cacao butter. Can I just use regular butter? It’s my sons birthday and I need to make this.

hungryelephant July 26, 2018 - 1:02 pm

No definitely don’t use regular butter or it will have no taste. Instead I can suggest using cocoa powder or peanut butter.

Veronoca May 23, 2019 - 12:21 am

Hi. I’m traveling with the cake via car. Think it will be ok for a 4 hr car trip?

hungryelephant May 22, 2019 - 7:24 pm

I think it should be ok!

Crystal August 5, 2018 - 2:37 pm

Why did my cake batter get so chunky?? Yours looks so smooth and I followed the recipe exactly.

hungryelephant August 5, 2018 - 2:50 pm

Did you use a whisk or just a spoon? Sometimes the flour clumps up with a spoon. Mine was somewhat chunky even with a whisk so hopefully it will turn out ok!

Doniece August 8, 2018 - 3:05 pm

I made this and it was not that good. Not sweet at all. It gave you a sense of having cake or dessert but not definitely did not taste like a regular sweet cake. The cake was moist but not sweet at all. I added more sugar, vanilla and some coconut cream to the frosting but it still mostly tasted like cream cheese with lumps of sweetness in it. Not worth the effort in my opinion! Maybe I have not been keto long enough! I would just as soon do without! Sorry!

Tawny August 10, 2018 - 3:54 am

Can I freeze this cake with Keto chocolate buttercream frosting on it??? Only for 2 nights.

hungryelephant August 10, 2018 - 4:25 am

I think that should be fine!

Anna August 30, 2018 - 8:24 am

Do you have to use a springform pan? I only have regular cake pans.

hungryelephant August 30, 2018 - 8:29 am

No! But I would grease or line your cake pan and parchment paper to stop it from sticking and breaking

Kris October 14, 2018 - 8:27 pm

Can I use Splenda or some sort of sweetener ?

hungryelephant October 15, 2018 - 3:57 pm

yes of course!

Shana November 17, 2018 - 8:54 am

Great recipe! The cake was very tasty ~ we loved it! How do you get the hardened chocolate to integrate fully with the batter? I basically had “chips” and hardened chocolate pieces in the frosting even after beating it with a hand mixer. Or maybe this is how it is supposed to be? Like sweet little chips in the frosting? I wasn’t sure.
Also, the recipe does not mention when to add the vanilla for the frosting, just fyi!!

hungryelephant November 17, 2018 - 10:25 am

Yes! that was the way it was suppose to be, with chunks. If you want more of a smooth frosting, you can add it to the frosting while it’s still liquid but make sure it isn’t super hot.. more room temp otherwise it may not form a frosting!

Terrie Horvath March 1, 2019 - 6:01 am

This Cake was absolutely amazing! But when I put the ingredients in separate on my fitness pal app and made a recipe in the app, the carbs were crazy high. Came out to be 19 grams of carbs minus 2.7 grams of fiber for a total of 16.3 net carbs per serving! So i looked back to see where all the carbs were coming from and it is the cream cheese. How are you coming up with only 4 net carbs per serving?

hungryelephant March 2, 2019 - 12:44 pm

I dont include the sugar substitutes because I used erythritol and it’s not absorbed by the body. Hope that helps!

Christine Krol March 2, 2019 - 3:11 pm

I’m curious about this as well. My husband made this for my bday last night and I’ve already had two pieces.

hungryelephant March 2, 2019 - 12:44 pm

I dont include the sugar substitutes because I used erythritol and it’s not absorbed by the body. Hope that helps!

Angelique Greetham March 3, 2019 - 8:49 pm

This is the BEST keto cake recipe I’ve ever and I’ve tried loads over the last few years. It’s fluffy, moist, springy, so tasty! I did add a little bit more sweetener to taste and some Lorann butter vanilla extract. Thank you for this incredible cake recipe that has even passed the taste test of a picky kid : )

Danielle April 16, 2019 - 9:28 pm

Do you store cake in refrigerator or can you leave out?

hungryelephant April 17, 2019 - 6:31 am

I left mine out!

Terri Ferrara April 27, 2019 - 11:06 pm

Hi! I only have monk fruit as a sweetener and lice an hour away from a store that would even have Swerve. Can I use Monk Fruit in the frosting or will it ruin it?
Thank you!

hungryelephant April 28, 2019 - 5:48 am

nope! monk fruit should be fine! i alternate between swerve and monk fruit so its fine to sub for swerve!

Kristy July 22, 2019 - 12:22 am

My cake didn’t rise as much as yours. What could I have done wrong or what should I watch out for next time?

hungryelephant July 21, 2019 - 7:24 pm

Hey! I dont think you did anything wrong. It may have been your baking powder. Even if it’s not expired, it can go bad and lose its rising power. That’s what it seems the issue may be, in my opinion anyway!

Giova April 4, 2020 - 12:51 am

It looks really good and delicious. Can chocolate chip be added to the batter?

hungryelephant April 4, 2020 - 6:40 pm

Yes, definitely!

Jessica March 6, 2022 - 9:33 pm

I made this for my toddlers 3rd birthday. It was so easy and delicious. It reminded me of the birthday cakes I used to get at the grocery store! I will definitely use this as my go-to birthday cake recipe!


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