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Cinnamon Spice Cake is delicious, especially when you top it with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. This low carb spice cake recipe without applesauce is delicious in fall and throughout the holidays...or any time.
Mmmm, spice cake. This recipe is long overdue, because honestly...you just need to have spice cake in your life, am I right? The problem is that most spice cakes use applesauce as a key ingredient and that means they can't be low carb. Total bummer.
You, my friend, are in for a treat! This absolutely delicious and super simple cinnamon spice cake recipe without applesauce is 100% okay for low carb enjoyment.
And when you top with the cinnamon cream cheese frosting? Well, now you're talking a whole new level of decadent deliciousness. Hungry yet? Me, too.
Spice Cake Without Applesauce
So how do you get a moist, soft spice cake without using applesauce? Good question.
It's all about the coconut oil. Which also makes it a nourishing, healthy dessert in addition to an easy low carb treat (and those are the best kind!).
And instead of using applesauce and a pre-mixed spice blend, you're just going to use a few spices you likely already have on hand: cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg. So easy, but so flavorful!
How To Make Healthy Cinnamon Spice Cake
This healthy low carb cinnamon spice cake is simple. You can set your oven to preheat while you get mixing!
Psst. This would be a good time to pull out the cream cheese for the frosting, too, so it's softened and ready to use when it's time.
This recipe is super similar to these delicious low carb Pumpkin Bars, which are a favorite here at My Montana Kitchen. So if you've made those, then this will be even easier for you.
And if you haven't? Well, you'll want to once you taste how good this recipe turns out!
Combine Your Dry Ingredients
It can be tempting to just drop all your ingredients into one bowl, but resist the urge. Resist.
Add your THM baking blend, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spice trio to your bowl and give a good stir so it's thoroughly blended. (See the recipe card below for Baking Blend substitutions!)
Combine Your Wet Ingredients...CAREFULLY
Now, the wet ingredients are a little tricky if you don't plan ahead.
Melt your coconut oil and then add warm water to it. Not cold, not room temp. WARM.
Why? Because if you don't, then it'll start to solidify your coconut oil and you can't have that happening. Go ahead and add your vanilla and eggs as well, mixing thoroughly.
Combine It All Together & Bake
Go ahead and add your wet to your dry. Mix it well.
The batter's going to be bit thick; that's okay. Use a spatula and pour it into your greased 8x8 cake pan.
Bake it for about 30 minutes, until the center is dry. Once you remove it from the oven, be sure to let it cool completely.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
While your cake is cooling, it's time to whip up your delicious, lightly spiced cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Put your softened cream cheese in a bowl and use a mixer to whip it up until it's soft, creamy, and fluffy.
Next, add in your gentle sweet, cinnamon, and heavy whipping cream. Keep beating for a minute or two.
Spread it onto your fully cooled cake.
Other Uses For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
This frosting is great for way more than just this recipe, too.
You could spread it on top of low carb pumpkin bagels for a special, sweet breakfast. Or on top of these coconut pancakes.
It would also be absolutely amazing spread on low carb waffles. Oooh, just think of it melting into those little squares on a hot waffle at breakfast time. Mmmm.
Other Ideas For Cinnamon Spice Cake
If you're like me and you love all things spice cake, this recipe make a fabulous low carb breakfast muffin for a quick morning meal, too.
Or you could add the frosting and have healthy cupcakes! This is such a fabulously simple and versatile recipe that you'll find yourself using it whenever you want the taste of fall.
Oh, and this recipe turned out so well, I actually tweaked it a bit and turned into a two layer Low Carb Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! (It is so amazing!)
And if you want a little extra nutritional kick, try these Keto Cinnamon Collagen Muffins!
Cinnamon Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This Cinnamon Spice Cake is so good!
- 1 Cup Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend
- 1 Teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cloves
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Cup Gentle Sweet
- 1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 2/3 Cup Warm Water
- 1 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
- 3 Tablespoons Gentle Sweet
- 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry cake ingredients together.
Add melted coconut oil, vanilla, eggs, and warm water and mix well.
Pour batter into a greased 8x8 cake pan (it may be thick).
Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until center top of cake is dry.
Allow cake to completely cool.
Beat softened cream cheese until fluffy.
Add Gentle Sweet and heavy whipping cream and beat for 1-2 minutes.
Spread frosting onto cooled cake.
O.M.G. I love spice cake!
Can't wait to try this! What is the measurement if I am substituting with Pyure?
I got this recipe first thing this morning, and knew it would be something I would enjoy, by lunch time i had it baked and cooling. Just got it iced and tasted it. Oh my word is this good. I struggle with THM friendly dessert. So that is usually where I end up off plan. This is a keeper. I sliced it and put into serving size bowls, going to try to freeze individual servings to have on hand for when I'm in need of dessert or snack. Thank you for your recipes
I made this spice cake tonight and it was so delicious! My husband loves his daily sweet so I had him choose what he wanted me to make and this is what he chose....he says it's a keeper! I added about a half teaspoon of maple flavoring to the icing and it took it to another level. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. I am trying new ones each week.
I made this today and it is AMAZING! It hits the spot if you are craving a spice cake and the frosting is incredible. Thank you so much! I love that this recipe was so easy, simple, and I had all the ingredients already in my pantry!
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I needed a sweet fix so I came across your recipe for the Cinnamon Spice cake and decided to give it a try. It was DELICIOUS and so moist!! Thank you!
Great cake! Thanks for the recipe!! Next time I make it, I'm going to make it a bit more cinnamon-y!!!
Yes! I have made this twice now, and it's truly a keeper. Can not tell it is not a high carb cake. Thank you!!
Made this and it was a hit! Delish!!!!! Will be making it again and again!!! Thank you!!!
I think my sweetener is Super Sweet. Can I use that at some reduced amount instead of gentle sweet?
It's actually called THM Sweet Blend. Is that Gentle or Super?
Thanks for stopping by! I love baking and hope these recipes inspire you to create something wonderful in your kitchen. xoxo
Great Recipe! I substituted butter for coconut oil because my husband is sensitive to coconut oil and it had a nice, rich taste. I used a 9 " pie plate to bake it in and it was the perfect size. I will also bump up the spices next time and add nuts. Thanks for putting this out there for us.
Looks delicious! How many servings and what is the carb count
This is hands-down the best THM cake ever! The spices, the real cake texture...this recipe is a winner!!
Love this recipe! Might be one of the few recipes that ACTUALLY taste "normal" to me. I thoroughly enjoyed. And that Cream Cheese frosting just put it into the excellent category! Thank you!
Can this be made successfully in a Bundt pan?
I would think so, but I have not personally tried it. You may need to adjust the baking times.
Sounds wonderful! Can this be made w/o coconut flour? Allergy.
I haven't tried it with alternative flours, so I cannot say for sure. You could probably use almond flour, but the ratios would definitely be different.
Could you use almond or coconut flour instead of the Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend, if so what would be the amount, 1 cup also? Thank you!
You can use 1/3 cup each of almond flour, coconut flour, and flax meal to replace the Baking Blend in this recipe.
This is excellent. No one even knew it was low carb. Delish! I wish there was a really good replacement for cream cheese for those of us that have to be dairy free. I have tried all of the ones on the market and while some are good none of them are even close to the original, esp in sweet preparations.
Can I use butter instead of coconut oil? Is there a reason the oil is better?
You should be able to use butter!
This is delicious! I made it into muffins… no frosting! It’s also kid approved!