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low carb german chocolate cake with frosting

Low Carb German Chocolate Cake with Frosting

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Maybe German chocolate cake isn’t your thing, but it’s definitely my thing, and this recipe meets my low carb German chocolate cake requirements exactly. And it’s birthday season around our house…

Eating low carb / ketogenic isn’t rocket science, but it has its logistical drawbacks. I will readily admit that I am a sweet-loving person. And since I’m not really eating sugar or refined flours these days, baked goods with just the right texture can be mighty hard to come by. But after a fortuitous recipe find at Elana’s Pantry combined with a clearance on cashew butter at Costco, I have managed to produce (and now reproduce regularly) this tasty treat. The zucchini can be left out, but I think it adds substance and moisture that really enhances the texture. The cake can be made simply as an unfrosted loaf, delicious and simple… just swap a 4×8 loaf pan for the 7″ loose-bottom /springform pan and you’ll be in business. Here is the Nordic Ware pan I have and love (it’s a leakproof version… amazing for high-fat baking!).

low carb german chocolate cake with frosting

Low Carb German Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 6 whole large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/3 cup powdered non-caloric sweetener (erythritol, Splenda for baking, etc), or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup grated, squeeze-dried zucchini (fresh or frozen/thawed)
  • 25-50 g finely chopped dark chocolate (85-90%)

Mix all the cake ingredients (except chopped chocolate) in a food processor until blended, adding the zucchini and vinegar last. Fold in chopped chocolate. Pour into a 7″ loose-bottom / springform pan or a 4×8 loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes or longer… it’s done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not set the springform pan on another tray in the oven or the center bottom may end up under-baked (ask me how I know); set it directly on the oven rack.

Keto-Friendly Frosting for German Chocolate Cake

  • 8 oz bar of cream cheese
  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Non-caloric sweetener to taste (don’t be stingy… you want it sweet! liquid or powder is fine)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Soften the cream cheese and butter. Add the heavy cream, sweetener, and vanilla. Beat well with a hand mixer until fluffy and homogeneous. Fold in the chopped pecans and shredded coconut.

Split the thickness of the cake (loaf or round) in half, and spread half of the frosting on each layer. Stack. Serve. Smaller slices are recommended since it is heavy duty cake… 12-16 servings per loaf/cake.

Refrigerate any leftovers.

Caution: Try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting. This cake is as filling as it is tasty, and a serving could easily function as a meal replacement if you are into that sort of thing 😉

cheesy zucchini latkes

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I don’t think I can tell you how happy I am to have this recipe to share today. Near our old house there is a lovely place called Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack. It’s keystone downtown restaurant in Saline, Michigan, and serves up some delicious meals that we’ve greatly enjoyed with their eclectic atmosphere over the years. One of my favorite sides used to be their potato pancakes… oh, they are so good. But now that potatoes and I aren’t hanging out together so much lately, this recipe hits all the same savory scrumptious notes as those potato pancakes. And I can make them at home. Whenever I want. Every day? Yum.

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keto friendly savory chicken salad

Keto-Friendly Savory Chicken Salad

This chicken salad has long been one of my favorite recipes… I think it came to me from my sister Becky. I enjoyed this immensely even before my keto-conversion. It is great for a family dinner and  I have made it for countless parties and showers over the years, always with rave reviews. It’s a nice alternative to other fancy chicken salads that include fruit like grapes or chopped apples, especially if you are seriously restricting carbs. And it plays well on greens as well as bread, which makes it perfect for a blended group of keto and conventional folks.

I almost always make giant quantities of food to feed my growing horde of pre-teens and other hungry passers-by, so my modus operandi for making shredded chicken is to dump pounds and pounds of raw chicken breasts into a crockpot in the evening, turn it on low, then drain, shred, and portion it all up in the morning. But if you aren’t feeding a whole country, you can always scale down and use canned chicken. Alternatively, chopped meat from a rotisserie chicken works equally well if you don’t have the time or inclination to cook your own.

keto friendly savory chicken salad

Keto-Friendly Savory Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green onions (or 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 2 tsp dried dill weed)
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste (1/4 tsp to start)
  • Salt, to taste (1/4 tsp to start)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or another 1/2 cup mayonnaise for dairy-free)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken

Directions:

Mix all ingredients, while chicken is still a bit warm if possible. Refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to meld. Serve with greens or bread, or just by itself. For fancy presentation, this works well spooned onto individual endive leaves, on cut circles of head lettuce (as shown), or in baby bell pepper halves. Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives if desired.

keto friendly savory chicken salad