This keto coffee cake has the perfect amount of crumbs, moisture, and sweetness. It's a classic brunch dessert or breakfast bread and makes a thoughtful gift too.
Why you'll love it
Not overly sweet, there is a reason it's called a coffee cake. It has a light flavor that pairs exquisitely with a cup of coffee or your favorite latte.
I recreated the classic coffee shop coffee cake and made it gluten-free and low-carb. You'll love everything about this sweet cake - it's showstopping.
You don't have to be an experienced baker to be able to create a lovely coffee cake. Just layer the ingredients together, and it bakes gorgeously. It's effortless!
You'll also love how it looks and tastes, just like a coffee shop cake! Slice it, and you won't be able to tell the difference between this and a traditional coffee cake.
This coffee cake amazingly melts in your mouth. The sugary crumbs fall over your tongue, and the almond flour cake is delightfully spongy and has the perfect balance of sweetness and strong cinnamon spice.
If you don't think you have a bunch of time for baking, this recipe is for you!
This keto cinnamon coffee cake is made from whole ingredients, completely from scratch. Here's a bit more information about what I used to make this low-carb coffee cake.
I've split the ingredients into two parts for this coffee cake recipe - the batter and the crumb topping.
Coffee cake batter
I used an almond flour mixture to make this soft coffee cake.
Use finely ground almond flour instead of almond meal.
Almond meal contains bits of almond skins and will make the coffee cake grainy. Almond flour has a finer texture that resembles wheat flour the best.
The baking powder is what gives the coffee cake a spongy texture.
To keep the cake light and airy, use a confectioner's sugar substitute.
If you want to know more about different low-carb sweeteners, check out this low-carb sweeteners guide.
Eggs are an emulsifier and hold all the ingredients together.
Add some vanilla extract to give the coffee cake a richer and deeper flavor.
Plain Greek yogurt gives the coffee cake more protein and balances out the sweet flavors in the cake.
Use unsalted butter to balance out the amount of salt you use in this recipe.
What is a coffee cake without the cinnamon crumb topping? Here's how to make a keto-friendly version.
Brown sugar substitute
A delicious brown sugar substitute will caramelize beautifully as the cake bakes.
Check out this keto sweetener conversion chart if you need to change sweeteners.
Just like the batter, you need to use almond flour, not almond meal, in the crumb topping.
Cinnamon is a classic flavor in coffee cake.
Make sure the butter is cold so you can cut it up into pieces and use it on the topping.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Don't overmix the crumb topping. Since it needs to stay crumbly, use a fork to cut the butter into the other ingredients.
- Layer it. The crumb topping in the middle of the coffee cake will enhance the overall look and taste of the cake.
- Use a toothpick. Bake the coffee cake until you insert a toothpick into the middle, and it comes out clean.
It's easier than you might think to make sugar-free coffee cake. Just mix the ingredients, layer them, and bake them! Here's a bit more information about how I made it.
Mix the batter
Grab a large mixing bowl and place all the batter ingredients into it at the same time. Beat it all together until they are completely blended.
Mix the crumb topping
Mix all the crumb topping ingredients together in a separate bowl. Don't overmix it, and keep the butter cold.
Pour batter into the pan
Place half of the keto coffee cake batter into your prepared baking pan. Keep half of it in your mixing bowl because you will create layers.
Add some crumb topping
Sprinkle a bit of the crumb topping onto the keto coffee cake batter.
Layer more cake batter on top of the crumb mixture and then top with more cinnamon sugar last.
Bake the coffee cake
Finally, bake the coffee cake until it is golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
️ Serving suggestions
Serve this delicious coffee cake for breakfast, brunch, or even lunch! It also makes a fantastic snack. Basically, anytime is a good time to indulge in a slice.
Enjoy this almond flour coffee cake with a hot cup of bulletproof coffee.
This classic coffee cake also tastes perfect along with other traditional breakfast recipes, like keto egg bites. That's a lovely and high-protein breakfast combination.
If you want to eat it for dessert, then serve this traditional coffee cake with an easy keto mug cake or a light chocolate mousse recipe.
There are a bunch of different ways you can change up this coffee cake recipe. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
- Make coffee-flavored cake. Sprinkle some instant coffee into the batter, and the cake will taste like coffee.
- Make mini coffee cakes. Instead of a large cake pan, use mini loaf pans.
- Add nuts. Sprinkle chopped walnuts into the crumb mixture. This adds more texture and protein.
Here are some questions people often ask about how to make easy keto coffee cake. If you don't see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
Add a sheet of parchment paper to the cake pan before you pour the batter into it. This makes clean-up a lot easier too.
Store your coffee cake in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature. It will stay fresh for up to one week.
Yes, coffee cake is freezer-friendly. Wrap your baked cake in plastic food wrap and then place it in a freezer-safe food storage bag. It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to six months.
I used two different types of sweeteners in this coffee cake recipe. For the batter, I used a confectioner's sugar substitute. In the crumb topping, I used a brown sugar substitute.
If you enjoyed this keto coffee cake, here are some more delicious keto dessert recipes and keto cake recipes. They are all gluten-free and low-carb.
- Keto Lemon Loaf is another Starbucks copycat recipe with a light flavor.
- Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake only has 5 grams net carbs and is a gorgeous pound cake to share at your next brunch.
- Almond Flour Cake is layered with a light and spongy texture and makes a wonderful keto dessert.
- Keto Chocolate Molten Lava Cake is so fun to bake and eat with fudgy chocolate oozing from the middle.
- Sugar-Free Red Velvet Cake is made with low-carb flours and topped with a keto cream cheese frosting for a truly special treat.
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Keto Coffee Cake
- 3 cups almond flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup powdered sweetener
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 8 tablespoons butter melted
- ¼ cup brown sugar substitute
- ½ cup almond flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the ingredients for the cake to a mixing bowl, and beat until well blended.
- Place the ingredients for the topping into a mixing bowl, and use the tines of a fork to cut the butter into the other ingredients, and form a crumb topping.
- Layer half of the batter for the cake into the bottom of a well greased loaf pan. Top the batter with ½ of the crumb topping.
- Add the remaining batter to the loaf pan, and top with the remaining topping. Bake for 50 minutes, or until cooked through.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [calories] => 371 [carbohydrates] => 9 [protein] => 11 [fat] => 34 [saturated_fat] => 10 [polyunsaturated_fat] => 1 [monounsaturated_fat] => 4 [trans_fat] => 1 [cholesterol] => 92 [sodium] => 133 [potassium] => 117 [fiber] => 4 [sugar] => 2 [vitamin_a] => 502 [vitamin_c] => 0.01 [calcium] => 140 [iron] => 2 )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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