Keto Marble Pound Cake, It’s A Low Carb Zebra Cake!

low carb marble pound cake

This keto marble cake is tender, buttery, and easy to make. I’ll walk you through all the steps to make the perfect dessert, brunch, or keto snack offering.

It features two layers of low carb chocolate and vanilla cake swirled together. It’s a sugar-free marble cake that is grain-free, gluten-free, and keto-friendly!

The recipe makes a moist, rich keto marble pound cake. What’s more, it makes a stunning zebra pattern presentation. Yup, it’s a keto zebra cake!

No matter how many times I’ve made a marble cake I’m always pleasantly surprised to see the perfect marbling that happens.

 

 

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When I make a keto-friendly pound cake I generally like to add cream cheese to the batter. This is because it not only provides more flavor but it gives the pound cakes a bit more structure and moistness. 

This low carb marble cake was inspired after my popular keto cream cheese pound cake . Why start from scratch if that recipe works perfectly as the base for a chocolate-vanilla option?

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Keto Marble Cake

keto marble cake
Keto Marble Cake

I also have a keto chocolate pound cake recipe that is basically the chocolate version of my keto pound cake.  Arguably I could have baked either one or both of these cakes and satisfied a craving. 

But rather than bake two Keto Cakes I did the reasonable thing and came up with a marble swirl pound cake that features the best of both.

I love making this marble low carb cake for those days when you can’t decide between a chocolate pound cake or a vanilla one. It’s when my keto marble swirl pound cake recipe fits the bill perfectly.

Imagine being able to enjoy a classic dessert like a marble cake and not have to worry about the carbs?   

How To Make A Keto Marble Swirl Pound Cake

keto zebra cake
keto zebra cake cooling on a baking rack

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Making a keto-friendly marble pound cake isn’t difficult. In fact, if you do any Keto Baking, you probably have these ingredients in your pantry.

Using room temperature ingredients is key in getting the texture perfect for your cake. Since you are using cream cheese in this recipe I recommend you set it on the counter and allow it to come to room temperature.  

Your eggs too need to be at room temp. However, If you forget to leave these out like I sometimes do, you can place them in a bowl of hot water for about five minutes. 

Look a marble keto cake is simply chocolate and vanilla cake. You are basically making two batters and then swirling them together for a marbled effect.

The easiest way to make a marble cake is to first make the vanilla batter and then set apart some of this batter in another bowl where you will then add the melted baking chocolate and combine for the chocolate batter.

As you can see you are only needing one batter for this low carb zebra cake. The chocolate batter is made by just stirring in that melted chocolate. 

Why baking chocolate instead of cocoa powder? For the moistness factor, that’s why. After all, no one wants a dry keto cake, right?

As a fun variation, I added a little instant espresso coffee to the chocolate batter for a mocha flavor, this gives you the option of keto mocha cake recipe.  Think of it as a coffee marble butter cake. Adding the instant coffee of course is totally up to you.

low carb mocha marble cake
low carb mocha marble cake on a white cake stand

Keto Marble Cake Recipe Ingredients

Materials Needed 

To bake this as a two-layer cake spread the vanilla batter into two 8 inch cake pans and then add the chocolate batter to the top and swirl the two batters together with a toothpick or skewer. Bake for 30-35 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

You can make 24 cupcakes use one 24 capacity muffin pan or two 12 capacity pan.  Add approximately two tablespoons of the vanilla batter to each cupcake cavity and then 2 teaspoons of the chocolate batter. Using a toothpick swirl the two batters together gently. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

To make 48 mini-cupcakes or fairy keto cakes use a non-stick pan or line with mini cupcake liners. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of vanilla batter to each cupcake cavity and then 1 teaspoon of the chocolate batter. Using a toothpick swirl the two batters together gently. Bake the mini fairy cakes for 15-20 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

It can also be baked in 6 cups (8- inch) bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

By making this marble cake with only almond flour it’s a great option for those of you who have an allergy to coconut-flour.

I do however have an option for you if you rather make this recipe with coconut flour. It’s not an even swap to replace the almond flour in this recipe with coconut flour but what you can do is use my keto coconut flour pound cake as the vanilla base. 

keto marble mocha cake
keto marble mocha cake

Sugar Substitute Options

When it comes to choosing which sugar-substitute to use for this cake I have several for you.

My number one choice is Lakanto Monk Fruit because the texture and flavor are what I have found to be the closest tor real sugar and because the flavor fools your taste buds like nothing else I’ve found in the market. 

Having said that, I’m also partial to the brand Swerve which is an erythritol blend. Similar to Lakanto it uses sugar alcohols and has a 0 % impact on blood sugar.

Personally, I don’t like using stevia because I am sensitive to the aftertaste. But if that’s not the case for you, you could certainly use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure for this recipe.

I should also mention that I also find that stevia doesn’t play friendly with chocolate recipes but this of course could just be my palate. However, if you go this route, you will want to use 1/2 the amount called for in this recipe since it’s much sweeter.

Lastly, if you can’t easily find a more natural sugar substitute you can also use Splenda with great success.

I don’t recommend Splenda Bake because it’s actually half sugar half sucralose product and will be too high in carbs to be considered keto-friendly.

How To Store Your Marble Keto Cake?

Keto cakes to spoil quicker because they use real ingredients. The best way to store your cake is to allow it to cool completely and then wrap it in wax paper and foil. 

You can store your keto cake in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Alternatively, you can store freeze it by wrapping it well and then placing it in the freezer for up to a month. Technically, it could be frozen longer ( 2 months) but I feel the quality of the flavor is affected after 1 month. 

The marble cake can be stored into single-servings or frozen whole. If freezing I recommend that you thaw in the refrigerator, or on the kitchen counter.

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keto marble mocha cake

Keto Marble Pound Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This keto marble cake is tender, buttery, and easy to make. It makes the perfect dessert, brunch, or keto snack offering. The cake features two layers of low carb chocolate and vanilla cake swirled together for a neat zebra pattern. It's a sugar-free marble cake that is grain-free, gluten-free, and keto-friendly!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan ( see notes for other pan options)
  3. Melt the 2 ounces of baking chocolate and set aside for the chocolate batter.
  4. In a large mixer beat together the butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar substitute until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the 5 eggs one at a time, combining well after each addition.
  6. In another large bowl measure and sift the almond flour.
  7. To the sifted almond flour add the baking powder and salt.
  8. Next, begin to add to the wet ingredients in spoonfuls the dry ingredients.
  9. Mix until well incorporated at low speed.
  10. Pour 3/4 of the cake batter into the greased loaf.
  11. To the remaining vanilla batter, add the melted 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate and stir well. This is the chocolate batter you will then add to the top of the vanilla batter that is already in the cake pan.
  12. Spread the chocolate mixture over the pound cake batter.
  13. To marble, the cake use a skewer or toothpick gently swirl the top of the cake for a marble effect.
  14. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
  15. Allow the cake to cool before slicing and serving.
  16. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to one month.

Notes

To bake this as a two-layer cake spread the vanilla batter into two 8 inch cake pans and then add the chocolate batter to the top and swirl the two batters together with a toothpick or skewer. Bake for 30-35 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

To make 24 cupcakes use two muffin lined tins and add approximately two tablespoons of the vanilla batter to each cupcake cavity and then 2 teaspoons of the chocolate batter. Using a toothpick swirl the two batters together gently. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

To make 48 mini-cupcakes or fairy cakes use a non-stick pan or line with mini cupcake liners. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of vanilla batter to each cupcake cavity and then 1 teaspoon of the chocolate batter. Using a toothpick swirl the two batters together gently. Bake the mini keto fairy cakes for 15-20 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

It can also be baked in 6 cups (8- inch) bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

I chose to add a few pieces of Lily's sugar-free dark chocolate to the surface of the warm cake but this is totally optional.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 9.0gSaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 3.9gNet Carbohydrates: 2.6gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 0.5gProtein: 3.1g

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