Low-Carb Carrot Cake with Maple Pecan Cheesecake Filling

This Low-Carb Carrot Cake with Maple Pecan Cheesecake Filling makes a spectacular and delightful dessert. It can be part of low-carb, ketogenic, Atkins, gluten-free, diabetic, and Banting diets.
Course Dessert
Cuisine low-carb
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16
Author Annissa Slusher


For the carrot cake:

For the cheesecake:


For the carrot cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ Fahrenheit. Line 2 9-inch spring form pans with parchment paper. 

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

  3. Whisk in the melted butter. Mixture will appear mealy.

  4. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, while stirring.  

  5. Stir the batter until all ingredients are well-combined. Stir in the pecans and carrots.

  6.  Divide batter between the two prepared pans and spread evenly. Bake in the center of oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched.

  7. Place pans on a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes before assembling the cake.

For the cheese cake

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese and 2 tablespoons sweetener together using a hand mixer at low speed until combined. Once combined, increase the speed to high and blend until smooth. 

  2. Blend in the sour cream until smooth. 

  3. Add 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce (reserving the rest for later), vanilla extract,  and maple extract to the cream cheese mixture. Blend until completely smooth. Set aside

  4. Add whipping cream and 1 teaspoon sweetener a separate small mixing bowl. Using clean hand blender, whip the mixture until stiff peaks form. 

  5. Gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture to lighten. Fold in the remaining 2/3rds of the whipped cream, trying not to break the bubbles. 

To assemble:

  1. Remove first layer of the cooled carrot cake from the pan and transfer to serving plate. Spread about half of the cheese cake mixture on top. Remove the second layer of cheesecake and place on top of the cheese cake layer. Spread the remaining cheese cake mixture over the second carrot cake layer. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. 

  2. Just before serving, sprinkle the pecans on the top. Gently heat remaining caramel sauce in a small saucepan over low heat until just melted, but not hot. Pour desired amount over the top of the cake.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1/16th of cake

Per serving:

Calories: 367

Fat (g): 36

Carbs (g): 7

Fiber (g): 3

Protein (g): 7

Net Carbs (g): 4