Just because you are on a low carb diet doesn’t mean you should never eat cake again. Reducing your carbohydrate intake is a lifestyle change and not a get slim quick diet. You should eat healthy because it is good for you, not because it makes you lose weight, that is just a benefit, although a very good benefit if you ask me.
When making low carb cakes, there are obviously some limitations since you cannot eat wheat flour and only a minimum of sugar. However, you can make some really delicious cakes, so low in carbohydrates you could eat cake every day if you wanted to.
Many people replace the sugar with an artificial sweetener such as splenda. Others don’t like to use artificial sweeteners because they think it is important to eat as much natural food as possible. Therefore they use only natural sweeteners, stevia and erythritol are the most commonly used natural sugar replacements. Others use a mix of natural and artificial sweeteners as they think that gives the best results. I find I don’t need things to be as sweet anymore as I used to, so I am sure a lot of carbohydrate addicts would not enjoy my cakes very much.
Nut cakes and cheese cakes are probably the most popular low carb cakes, you can also make some really nice dark chocolate cakes. My favourite is a dark chocolate cake which you can make using only butter, eggs, dark chocolate and your choice of sweetener. Yes, absolutely no wheat flour and it tastes great too.
Low carb coconut cake
– 4 egg whites
– Your choice of sweetener to replace 1.5 dl of sugar
– 2 dl shredded coconut
– 75 grams of shredded dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa, but the darker the better)
Stiff beat the egg whites with your sweetener. Fold the rest of the ingredients into your egg whites. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes at 180 degrees C.
Make a cake filling of whipped cream mixed with shredded dark chocolate.
Lena Hanson is the creator of Low Carb Day where she posts low carb cake recipes and low carb diet information. She has been living a low carb lifestyle since the end of 2005 and have lost 70 pounds.