Keto Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

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  • prep time

    prep time

    15 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    45 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    1 h 0 min

Keto Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

90 ratings

This deliciously light sponge is a low carb take on a classic lemon drizzle cake.

Xylitol replaces sugar in both the cake and to create a perfectly crunchy lemon infused topping.

Made with ground almonds, the batter is blended in a food processor until perfectly smooth creating a fluffy yet moist cake.

Perfect with afternoon tea!

  • Net Carbs

    2.5 g

  • Fiber

    2.2 g

  • Total Carbs

    8.7 g

  • Protein

    6.1 g

  • Fats

    16.3 g

188 cals

Keto Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

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  • Xylitol Sweetener

    Xylitol Sweetener

    5 tablespoon

  • Egg


    4 medium

  • Beverages Almond Milk Unsweetened Shelf Stable

    Beverages Almond Milk Unsweetened Shelf Stable

    3 tablespoon

  • Almond Meal Finely Ground by Simple Truth

    Almond Meal Finely Ground by Simple Truth

    2 cup

  • Pure Vanilla Extract Gluten Free by Mccormick

    Pure Vanilla Extract Gluten Free by Mccormick

    1 tsp

  • Sliced Almonds by Mariani

    Sliced Almonds by Mariani

    1 tablespoon

  • Baking Soda

    Baking Soda

    ½ tsp

  • Butter


    ⅓ cup

  • Lemon Juice Raw

    Lemon Juice Raw

    1 lemon yields

  • Lemon Peel Raw

    Lemon Peel Raw

    1 tbsp

  • Salt


    ⅛ teaspoon

  • Xylitol by Now

    Xylitol by Now

    ¼ cup

Recipe Steps

steps 10

1 h

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 340 degrees Fahrenheit and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Step 2

    Add the ground almonds to a large mixing bowl with the baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Bring the butter to room temperature to ensure it is soft and add to a mixing bowl with 5 tablespoons of xylitol.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Cream the butter and xylitol together to a smooth paste and add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat together well to combine until smooth (you can do this by hand or in a mixer).
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Add the dried ingredients to a food processor along with the wet ingredients, the almond milk, half the lemon juice and all of the zest. Blend on low to create a smooth cake batter.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    Pour the batter into the lined cake tin and smooth over so that the top is level.
    Step 6
  • Step 7

    Transfer to the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes until cooked through by testing the center with a tooth pick – this should come out clean.
    Step 7
  • Step 8

    Leaving the cake in its tin, add ¼ cup of xylitol and the rest of the lemon juice to a small bowl and mix to combine.
    Step 8
  • Step 9

    Use a skewer to pierce multiple wholes across the top of the cake, about halfway down into the sponge. Pour the lemon and xylitol mixture over the top of the warm cake.
    Step 9
  • Step 10

    Scatter the cake with sliced almonds and remove from the tin to cool completely before serving.
    Step 10

Comments 30

  • Mouse

    Mouse 20 days ago

    Very good cake!!! I pity those stuck in the carb addiction rut! They don’t know what they’re missing lol😋 been around that block, rather do keto! I don’t use xylitol. I made mine with erythritol monk fruit blend (granular for cake and powdered for icing). It turned out very nice!

    • FabulousCauliflower393886

      FabulousCauliflower393886 2 months ago

      What can I use to replace Xylitol?

      • Lisa Milby

        Lisa Milby 10 months ago

        So, two things I learned making this very yummy cake. First, take the time to get the baking parchment. Worth it. Second, give it time to soak before taking it out of the pan. For me, this fell out the pan in pieces. Still yummy. My husband called it "Dry, but good for keto!"

        • MollymaeBrown

          MollymaeBrown a year ago

          I enjoyed a piece of this with clotted cream, sugar free raspberry jelly and lemon tea. I know the points are a little high with what I added but it’s a treat and I drank my tea in a pretty tea cup and saucer sitting on my patio watching the blue birds.

          • Velvetneo

            Velvetneo 4 months ago

            So cozy and peaceful

        • UnbelievableCauliflower659017

          UnbelievableCauliflower659017 a year ago

          Is almond meal flour? I live in the UK and the ingredient names are often referenced differently. Thanks

          • ExcellentArugula802200

            ExcellentArugula802200 a year ago

            Almond meal and almond flour are the same. You’re good to use almond flour instead

        • Foodie43

          Foodie43 2 years ago

          This cake was the star of the evening 😋, thank you!

          • Annggie

            Annggie 2 years ago

            Amazing,my fav 🍋 🥮

            • StellarRadish175858

              StellarRadish175858 2 years ago


              • Nomes

                Nomes 3 years ago

                Not a fan. Too eggy for me. Thanks for the recipe though.

                • MimiBH

                  MimiBH 4 months ago

                  Use egg whites

                • Cindy

                  Cindy 2 years ago

                  ‘Too eggy’ is what I dread with keto cakes/bread. Thanks

              • Jlcrevier

                Jlcrevier 3 years ago


                • Bev

                  Bev 3 years ago

                  Just made it absolutely delicious!!

                  • KarenLuvsKeto4success

                    KarenLuvsKeto4success 3 years ago

                    Wonderful treat. I followed a few other suggestions and reduced the sweeteners by about 1/3 and doubled the amount of lemon. It is delicious.

                    • Pam

                      Pam 3 years ago

                      I used confectioners Erythritol- worked great I also added 1/4 c oat fiber , 5 large eggs (didn’t have medium eggs)and extra lemon juice as I ♥️ Lemon. I used a buttered and oat fiber dusting on a Bundt pan and it worked beautifully WOW- HAPPINESSES

                      • Slarouche

                        Slarouche 3 years ago

                        Can I use monkfruit instead of xylitol?

                        • Jc

                          Jc 3 years ago

                          What is the difference between xylitol sweetener and xylitol

                          • Jemzy

                            Jemzy 3 years ago

                            I figured the xylitol for the cake has the consistency of normal cane sugar, but the xylitol for the icing is more powdered. I used powdered erythritol (NKD Living from Amazon) if that helps

                        • kathyyax52ea

                          kathyyax52ea 3 years ago

                          Be careful that your puppy does not eat this bc Xylitol is poison for dogs. Cost me $450 at Vet emergency when my puppy ate entire pack of gum containing Xylitol! I got rid of the Xylitol in my house.

                          • AnaO7373

                            AnaO7373 3 years ago

                            Thanks for the heads up! It’s very good to know.

                        • Jenkittycat

                          Jenkittycat 3 years ago

                          Amazing!! I used more lemons as I like the taste

                          • Mariemulholland

                            Mariemulholland 3 years ago

                            Just hoping to clarify. You note 5 T xylitol and then 1/4 c xylitol by now. These are the same thing, correct? And is almond flour ok to use instead of almond meal? Has anyone tried coconut flour? Thanks for your help. Sounds amazing

                            • Teresa T 64

                              Teresa T 64 3 years ago

                              Coconut flour only need 1/4 of the total weight of almond flour and slightly more fluid

                            • Montse

                              Montse 3 years ago

                              I have tried coconut flour, made the cake too dry.

                          • Madihari

                            Madihari 3 years ago

                            Yum!! I used the whole lemon in the batter and another in the drizzle. I like more lemon zing!

                            • AwesomeKale

                              AwesomeKale 3 years ago

                              I want to try this but what’s happens if I can’t find the exact same as they ask for ?

                              • Denver1978

                                Denver1978 3 years ago

                                Super yummy. I ended up added more lemon juice to the top bc I love the taste.

                                • Faiza

                                  Faiza 3 years ago

                                  This was good.. I made cupcakes by this recipe.. looked nice