Tender low carb chocolate cake with a sugar-free strawberry cheesecake filling. This flourless, grain-free treat is worth all the effort!
Here is the plain and honest truth: cake rolls are finicky little buggers. Even when they are made with gluten and sugar, it’s hard to know whether they will roll properly without breaking. But when you take away the gluten, the magical substance that holds everything together, they are even more finicky. I’ve had my share of cracked and broken cake rolls, and I’ve had my share of the subsequent frustration. But I keep trying, because they are so darned pretty. Nothing looks prettier than that spiral slice of cake with some gorgeous filling swirled up around it. If you can pull it off, it will be ever so rewarding.
Which is why, when I saw a delicious flourless chocolate cake roll filled with peanut butter from my friend Brianne of Cupcakes and Kale Chips, I had a flare of hope. Hers looked perfect and of course it married my favourite flavours together. But hers was made with sugar and sugar also helps in baking because it keeps things moist. Many low carb sweeteners are non-hygroscopic, meaning they don’t attract moisture the way sugar does. Cakes that are drier tend to break and crack more easily. So I knew I still had my work cut out for me to figure out how to make a more flexible cake that wouldn’t crack. I wanted to try my hand at it but I was a little intimidated, truth be told
And then I had all of these gorgeous Oregon strawberries from the farmer’s market and some cream cheese and inspiration hit. A delicious low carb chocolate cake roll with a strawberry cheesecake filling, how awesome would that be? But could I really make it work? I read four or five different recipes and took little bits of each as some guidance. And then I went with my gut, which told me I still needed something to give the cake a little more flexibility. And this time, in pure experimentation, I went with grassfed gelatin. I was delighted to find that the cake didn’t dry out during baking and that it had a nice spongy quality that allowed it to roll up well. Cake Roll Victory!
Please see my Chocolate Strawberry Cake Roll on Swerve Sweetener
Nutrition: Serves 12. Each serving has 3.5 g NET CARBS.
Food energy: 217kcal
Total fat: 17.75g
Calories from fat: 159
Total dietary fiber: 2.12g
Sugar Alcohols (erythritol): 21.25g