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Easy Keto Pumpkin Cranberry Skillet Cake

This keto pumpkin cranberry cake is the perfect combination of two seasonal favorites. Bright, plump, tart cranberries and flavorful, moist pumpkin cake come together beautifully for one amazing, easy keto cake.

It’s the low-carb pumpkin cranberry cake you’ll want to serve during fall and holiday brunch entertaining.

Whether you currently can’t get enough pumpkin recipes or are planning your Thanksgiving and Christmas keto menus, this easy keto pumpkin cranberry skillet cake is sure to please.

I consider this a keto dessert cake, a keto breakfast cake, and even a keto snack cake. This is why I feel it can be served at any time of day!

It’s a versatile recipe that is not only delicious but also happens to be gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and keto-friendly. 

If you are a fan of the combination of cranberries and pumpkin, you should also check out my keto pumpkin cranberry bread, another seasonal treat.

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Keto Pumpkin Cranberry Skillet Cake

Easy Keto pumpkin cranberry skillet cast iron skillet
Easy Keto pumpkin cranberry skillet cast iron skillet

Keto Pumpkin Cranberry Cake

Maybe it’s just me, but nothing reminds me of the fall season like the appearance of pumpkins and fresh cranberries at my local grocery store.

This may explain why I couldn’t shake the idea of creating this keto pumpkin cranberry skillet cake. It’s a low-carb keto recipe that features both of these well-known flavors of fall.

Seriously, I don’t know why I never thought of combining the flavors of pumpkin and cranberries to create a recipe like this low-carb pumpkin cranberry skillet cake.

But boy, am I glad that I decided to combine these two flavors to create another keto treat.

Is there such a thing as too many keto pumpkin recipes? Well, as far as I am concerned, the answer is a definite no.  I suspect that after you try this pumpkin cranberry skillet cake, you may side with me on this.

Can I tell you that the combination of pumpkin and cranberries in a low-carb skillet cake is truly a perfect match?

With every bite of this cake, you experience the natural sweetness of pumpkin and the juicy tartness of cranberries. A true winner in my book!

My recipe for keto pumpkin cranberry cake is not only delicious but also a breeze to make. This makes it a great addition to your holiday table.

Who needs a complicated recipe during the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Not this girl!  

If you know anything about my recipes, you know I am all about creating easy, delicious, low-carb keto recipes that even an unskilled cook can create. Click here for my favorite low-carb keto baking tips.

Ingredients Needed

keto pumpkin cranberry cake batter being made
keto pumpkin cranberry cake batter being made

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Note that the full printable recipe, along with the nutritional facts, is at the bottom of the page.

  • Granulated sugar substitute
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Sour cream
  • Melted unsalted butter
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Ground ginger
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Sea salt
  • Baking powder

How To Make A Keto Pumpkin Cranberry Cake

If you don’t own a cast-iron skillet, please do not let this deter you from making this scrumptious low-carb dessert. You can still enjoy this recipe by using a 9-inch baking pan.

However, I will confess that there is an undeniable wow factor that comes with bringing a skillet cake to the holiday table. Something about that cast-iron skillet makes your guests perk up with anticipation.

When making this low-carb pumpkin cake, make sure you choose pumpkin puree and not pumpkin filling. The latter adds sugar and spices to the mix.

What you want to make sure you use is puree only. Note that you can use frozen or fresh cranberries for this recipe.

easy keto pumpkin cranberry skillet cake on cooling rack with a slice on a white plate
easy keto pumpkin cranberry skillet cake on a cooling rack with a slice on a white plate

The Sugar Substitutes That Work

When it comes to choosing which sugar substitute to use for this keto pumpkin cranberry cake, I have several options you can choose from. 

First and foremost, you should know that my go-to choice is Lakanto Monk Fruit because the texture is spot on, and there is barely any aftertaste.

If you have struggled to find a sugar substitute close to sugar, this monk fruit and erythritol blend may be just what you need.

Because it really behaves the most like sugar in my book. It’s the one I come to often for this very reason.

Lakanto Monk Fruit gets its sweetness from antioxidants called mogrosides, instead of fructose or sucrose. This is why it’s a great, all-natural sugar substitute. Plus, it has zero calories and a zero glycemic index. 

With that being said, you should also note that I’m also partial to Swerve, an erythritol blend. It’s also a sugar substitute that browns and caramelizes, which is super cool.

Swerve is made from ingredients found in select fruits and starchy root vegetables and contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or flavors. It also has a 0 % impact on blood sugar.

You can, however, also use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure for these cookies if you’re a fan of stevia.

This is the only stevia brand that I would even consider because I find all others to have an intense aftertaste that I can’t get past. 

But if using Pyure, you will want to use half the amount called for; it’s a much sweeter option.

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

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keto pumpkin cranberry skillet cake baked in a cast iron skillet

Keto Pumpkin Cranberry Cake

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Keto pumpkin cranberry cake. This skillet cake combines the creaminess of pumpkin with the tart flavor of cranberries for a perfect low carb fall dessert. It's the perfect combination of two seasonal favorites. Bright, plump, tart cranberries, and flavorful moist pumpkin cake come together beautifully for one amazing easy keto cake. It's not only delicious but also happens to be gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and keto-friendly!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, measure and sift the almond flour. To this bowl, add the spices and baking powder and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
  4. Using an electric mixer, combine the sugar substitute, melted butter, and cream cheese until well combined.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Add pumpkin puree and mix until the mixture is well combined.
  7. Next, add all the dry ingredients one tablespoon at a time and stir until fully incorporated.
  8. Stir in the sour cream and the cranberries.
  9. Pour batter (note that it will be thick) into a fully greased 9-inch cast-iron skillet or cake pan.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  12. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 5 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

This recipe can use both fresh or frozen cranberries. If using frozen cranberries there is no need to defrost prior to adding to the batter.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5.3gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 5.4gNet Carbohydrates: 3.1gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 1.5gProtein: 5.3g

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JuliStenshaug

Saturday 9th of November 2019

Can I use fresh pumpkin in this recipe?

Hilda Solares

Saturday 9th of November 2019

Hi Juli, I have not tried using fresh pumpkin but I know that others have with success.

Lauren KB2

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Hi there! I went to make these today, and my nutrition numbers are significantly different than yours - I calculate 16g net carbs per serving. That would be low carb, but not exactly Keto. Can you share what brands of ingredients you use, or which app/website you use to calculate nutrition?

Thanks for helping me figure it out!

Hilda Solares

Friday 5th of October 2018

Hi Lauren, I used Swerve, it's name brand of Erythritol it's unlike other sugar alcohols has a 0 % impact on blood sugar. And you don't count the carbs when using erythritol it's what all low carb keto bloggers do. Here is a link that explains it:https://swervesweet.com/videos/swerve-and-carbohydrates I am guessing that would be the discrepancy you saw between my nutrition label and yours. I went ahead an updated the recipe to mention the pumpkin puree I used. Hope that clears things up for you darling.

Noura

Sunday 4th of March 2018

What other fruit would go with this? I can’t seem to find frozen cranberries since they aren’t in season. Or can I omit completely and still come out delicious?

Hilda Solares

Monday 12th of March 2018

Hi Noura, you can easily sub blueberries or raspberries for the cranberry. If you decide to omit the berries completely you will still get a delicious skillet pumpkin recipe. ?

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