Today I’m going to share my recipe for a low carb toasted almond torte, but first, I need to do a little bragging. I’m a Pittsburgher, born and raised, so imagine my pride at having a cake from Pittsburgh named the best in all the land.
It’s true, the Huffington Post named a burnt almond torte made at Pittsburgh’s Prantl Bakery to be the “Greatest Cake American Has Ever Made”.
And it truly is a thing of beauty. It’s a two layer affair with a lovely custard in between the layers. And it’s got a lighter than light buttercream frosting sprinkled with candied sliced almonds. As the Huffington Post put it, “It is just a damn good cake — and taking a bite out of one is like reaching into the sky and stuffing a cloud into your mouth.”
Who wouldn’t want to eat an almond flavored cloud?
So this morning, I came up with a low carb and Keto version of America’s Greatest Cake. I pared back my torte to be a single layer, so that anyone can easily make it. And it’s got all the flavor of the original, just with 4g net carbs per slice.
Now, you might be wondering what makes this cake a “torte”.
Tortes are a fancy subset of cakes, so every torte is a cake, but not every cake is a torte. Tortes are usually layered, but can be a single layer like this one. And they are often flourless or use ground nuts as their base. Check. A torte is usually quite dense, which actually sets this almond torte apart from Prantle’s. The almond flour, cream cheese and egg base make this low carb torte extremely moist and very rich.
So this toasted almond torte may well be the Greatest Low Carb Cake That American Has Ever Made. (Applause)
Toasted Almond Torte [Low Carb & Keto]
This low carb and Keto toasted almond torte is a rich, dense cake with only 4g net carbs per slice.
- Prep Time: 60
- Cook Time: 34
- Total Time: 1 hour 34 minutes
- Yield: 12 slices 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: German
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
8 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups super fine almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
5 tablespoons Confectioner’s Swerve or equivalent powdered sweetener
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and cut a circular piece of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of a 9 inch wide, 1 1/2 inch deep circular layer cake pan. Use a marker to trace the outside of the pan. Spray the sides and bottom with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter and granulated sweetener with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Crack the eggs into a medium sized bowl and then slowly beat them in. Beat in vanilla and almond extract and mix until smooth.
4. In a medium sized bowl, mix together almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly beat the dry ingredients into the wet. The batter will be very thick.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. It will go right up to the edge.
6. Bake for 25-35 minutes until top is browned and a toothpick in the middle comes out clean.
7. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes and then release from the pan and onto a cooking rack. Cool for 1 hour before frosting.
8. Heat an egg pan over Medium heat. Add almonds and toast for 3-4 minutes until browned. Stir the whole time and keep a close eye on the nuts because they brown all at once. Remove from the pan and set aside.
9. For the frosting, cream together cream cheese, butter and powdered sweetener in large bowl, with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 teaspoons almond extract.
10. Use a spatula to frost the top of the cooled cake, and then sprinkle toasted almonds on top.
11. Store in the refrigerator.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 378
- Fat: 34
- Carbohydrates: 8
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 10
Keywords: Low Carb Almond Torte, Keto Almond Torte, Low Carb Almond Cake, Keto Almond Cake
If you like this low carb cake, then you might like my recipes for Chocolate Lava, Pumpkin Bundt, or Strawberry Poke Cake.
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