This keto sugar cookie cake is a deliciously tender giant almond flour cookie with sugar free sprinkles and frosting. It’s the best of both worlds for keto dessert lovers.
Is it a cookie or is it a cake? Does it even matter? The distinction won’t make a difference once you taste this delicious sugar cookie cake.
This is my birthday week. Yes, I said week, because we all deserve to enjoy a full seven days of festivities on our birthdays. Of course, with three kids, a new puppy, and a job, I probably won’t.
I will let my children and husband fete me on the actual day, and then I will get my nose back to the grindstone. Because that is was I do.
But rest assured that I will eat keto birthday cake. And plenty of it!
Cookie cake is the best of both worlds
Have you ever had trouble deciding between cake and cookies for dessert? We’ve all been there – it’s a universal problem.
But with a keto cookie cake, you don’t have to make that tough decision. I admit, it’s really just a big cookie baked in a cake pan, but it scratches that itch for both.
It’s also easier to make than a traditional birthday cake. Don’t get me wrong, I adore a classic treat like Keto Devil’s Food Cake or even something fancier like Keto Italian Cream Cake.
Given that I am the one making my own birthday cake every year, sometimes I like to go simple and effortless. We often make the Keto Skillet Cookie, because my whole family loves it.
But this year, we’re going funfetti style with sugar-free sprinkles! And some of ChocZero’s white chocolate chips. It is my birthday, after all.
How to make Keto Cookie Cake
Have I sold you yet on making a keto sugar cookie cake? Whether or not it’s your birthday, I highly recommend it.
- Butter: Salted or unsalted, it’s up to you.
- Granular sweetener: I recommend an erythritol based sweetener, as allulose or Bocha Sweet may make the cookie very soft and cake-y.
- Eggs: One whole egg plus one egg yolk will help make your cookie cake chewier, with a richer cookie flavor.
- Vanilla extract
- Blanched almond flour: The finer your flour, the better the results! The best substitutions for almond flour are other nut or seed flours, such as sunflower seed flour. Coconut flour does not well in this recipe.
- Baking powder
- Sugar free white chocolate chips: These are optional but tasty! Feel free to use chocolate chips instead, if you prefer.
- Sugar free sprinkles: There are several great choices out there now. But you can always make your sugar-free sprinkles too.
- A mixer: You can use a hand mixer or a large stand mixer for this recipe.
- 9 inch springform pan: Springform pans are the ideal choice for cookie cakes. You can remove the pan sides for easier cutting and presentation.
- If you don’t have one, you can bake this in a pie dish or ovenproof skillet.
- Parchment paper: Lay a circle of parchment on the bottom of your pan for easier release.
Tips for the best keto cookie cake
Room temperature ingredients: I cannot stress how important it is to use properly softened butter and room temperature eggs. Cold butter won’t cream properly and cold eggs will make your butter clump up.
Fold the sprinkles in by hand: They can bleed color if they are mixed in too vigorously. So add them after the rest of the ingredients are well mixed.
Don’t over-bake it: Take the cookie cake out when the sides are golden brown but the top is still puffy and soft. It won’t seem completely baked through but will continue to bake in the pan.
Be mindful that baking times are only rough guidelines. Much depends on your oven and what pan you use. Keep in mind that glass and ceramic pans tend to take longer to bake.
Let it cool completely: As tempting as it might be to dig in right away, the cookie cake will be too soft and fragile when it’s warm. Plus your frosting will melt if you try to add it to a warm cookie!
Storage instructions: Cookie cakes can dry out easily if left uncovered. Be sure to wrap it up tightly in foil or plastic. It will keep on the counter for up to 4 days, or in the fridge for a week.
Decorating a keto cookie cake
Some sugar-free frosting turns this giant keto sugar cookie into a festive treat. Perfect for a birthday celebration.
The frosting in this recipe is a cross between cream cheese frosting and buttercream. I like this combination because I don’t need copious amounts of powdered sweetener to give it structure.
It makes just enough frosting to pipe pretty rosettes around the edge of your cookie cake. If you’d prefer chocolate try a half batch of my Keto Chocolate Frosting.
More keto sugar cookie recipes
- Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies
- Frosted Lemon Keto Sugar Cookies
- Keto Funfetti Cookies
- Lemon Sugar Cookie Cups
- Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
- Low Carb Sugar Cookie Bars
Keto Sugar Cookie Cake
- ½ cup butter softened
- ⅔ cup Swerve Granular
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon sugar-free sprinkles
- 1 ounce cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup butter softened
- ¼ cup powdered Swerve
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon heavy cream room temperature
- 1 tablespoon sugar free sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a 9 inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment and grease the parchment.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sweetener until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, egg yolks, and vanilla.
- All at once, add the almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until the dough comes together. By hand, gently stir in the white chocolate chips and the sprinkles.
- Spread the batter in the prepared baking pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the center is puffed and the edges are golden brown. It will still be very soft.
- Remove and let cool in the pan. Once cool, run a sharp knife around the edges to loosen and remove the sides of the pan.
Frosting and Garnish
- In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the powdered sweetener, then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cream until smooth.
- Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe decoratively around the edges of the cookie cake. Sprinkle with sugar-free sprinkles.
JANET STE MARIE says
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
LOVE your recipes!
i’ll be making this for my birthday and mother’s day!
Hi we have made your recipe for this cake but even after 30 minutes cooking the cake is still incredibly undercooked. Is this normal? It is very wet in the centre
What kind of pan did you use? Was it glass or ceramic?
I don’t have a springform pan…do you have any recommendations?
could I form this into cookies instead?
You said: “I recommend an erythritol based sweetener, as allulose or Bocha Sweet may make the cookie very soft and cake-y.”
You say that like it’s some sort of problem … lol. Sounds about right if you’re more inclined to cake than cookie, so delicious either way?
How soft is “very soft”? Like, almost liquid and very jiggly? The edges are quite dark and the center is quite jiggly. I’m going to trust the process here and let it cool and set, but I’m skeptical- my last cookie cake (the skillet chocolate chip one????) didn’t get cooked all the way through for some reason, and I’d made it before!
What are you baking them in? And… have you checked the calibration on your oven? Do you have an independent oven thermometer? They should not be overcooking on the edges unless something is going wrong…
Look delicious!!!!! Do you think I could you heavy coconut cream instead of regular heavy cream for the frosting? Also use dairy free cream cheese instead of regular?
My frosting separated! What did I do wrong?
I’m not a big fan of sprinkles, so I left those out. Not as pretty as yours, but so yummy! Thanks for sharing tasty recipes that help me on this keto journey!
Tastes just like a sugar cookie! We love this one when trying to stay on track.
So glad to hear it!
I hope you had a happy birthday! And i’m happy to find this recipe to celebrate mine! What a yummy, tender and just-the-right-amount sweet treat to make a birthday special. I can imagine customizing colors for different holidays… Can’t wait to make it for another special occasion!
Sarah Leblanc says
This is delicious! I made it without any sprinkles and it may not look as pretty but me and my husband love the taste!
Happy Birthday Carolyn! Made this yesterday in a 9-inch glass pie plate. Turned out great and LOVED the sprinkles cake cookie taste! Instead of piped frosting I spread on top. Next baking AND there will be another 😉 I will stick to piping the edge as it was sweet “frosted”. Carolyn knows best! Again, Happy Birthday and thank you for posting this recipe.
Joy Tomlinson says
This looks totally awesome Carolyn. Really fun and delicious!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK TO YOU!!!
Sharon Zimberoff says
Happy Birthday Carolyn. It’s also my birthday week. This cookie cake look wonderful. I definitely need to make it.
pdx girl says
Happy Birthday. Totally making this next week-end for grand babes – they will love it.
I am sure they will. My kids did!
SUSAN J DUNHAM says
Thanks for posting an awesome looking cookie cake on my birthday!! I will give a Happy Birthday CHEERS to you with my first bite! Enjoy your birthday week????