This Low-Carb Pumpkin Cake With Maple Frosting is an incredibly impressive dessert that’s easy to make and doesn’t require any special ingredients! A perfect, blood sugar-friendly recipe to add to your Fall repertoire, it’s also a gluten-free THM S.
I took my favorite Trim Healthy Mama-friendly pumpkin muffin recipe and modified it to make two 8″ cakes. The cake layers are wonderfully moist and seasonally spiced without being overpowering.
I used non-stick cake pans to bake my cake layers, but still found it important to line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper to ensure they released properly; don’t miss this step!
The maple-flavored frosting is sweet, smooth, and creamy – you’ll want to eat it with a spoon! If you’ve treated yourself to Trim Healthy Mama’s brand new line of Natural Bursts extracts, this low carb pumpkin cake with maple frosting is the perfect place to try out their maple flavoring!
In fact, you could use 1 teaspoon of their maple extract, and 1 teaspoon of their pecan extract for a slightly different, equally wonderful flavor that compliments the pumpkin spice cakes well.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you don’t need any special ingredients to make it. You should be able to find everything for this low carb pumpkin cake with maple frosting at your local grocery store, and if you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, you probably already have everything in your pantry!
- coconut flour
- almond flour
- golden flaxseed meal
- baking soda
- baking powder
- mineral or sea salt
- canned pumpkin
- xylitol (or you can use Gentle Sweet in half the amount, if you prefer)
- vanilla extract
- maple extract
- cream cheese
- whipping cream
- pecans (optional garnish)
Quick tip about the frosting: to completely dissolve your granular sweetener, use a stand or electric mixer and beat on high speed with the softened cream cheese, butter, and maple extract for 5-10 minutes. It WILL dissolve – it just requires more time to do so than regular granulated cane sugar or icing sugar. You can have frosting with a buttercream consistency using sweeteners like Gentle Sweet or xylitol, but it takes more patience!
This low carb pumpkin cake with maple frosting tastes the best made the day before you need it, but hold off on garnishing with pecans (or walnuts, if you prefer) until right before presenting or serving, as they can lose their “crunch” after sitting in the fridge.
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup golden flaxseed meal
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1 14 oz. can pumpkin puree
- 2/3 cup xylitol
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- MAPLE FROSTING
- 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup xylitol
- 1 1/2 tsp maple extract
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of two 8" bake pans with parchment paper and oil the sides with butter or coconut oil.
- In a large bowl, stir coconut flour, almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt together.
- In a separate bowl, beat pumpkin, xylitol, eggs, butter, and vanilla together on high speed until smooth. Add to dry ingredients, and beat on low until well combined. Let mixture stand for two minutes before dividing batter evenly between 2 cake pans.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. Run a knife around the edges of the pan, to release the cakes. Carefully peel off the parchment paper.
- To make the frosting and filling, beat cream cheese, butter, xylitol, and maple extract together until smooth and light. (See note) In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff. Fold into cream cheese mixture until smooth. Spread frosting in between layers, around the sides, and on top of the cake.
- Optional: Garnish with pecan halves and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
To completely dissolve your granular sweetener in your frosting, the trick is to use a stand or electric mixer and beat on high speed with the softened cream cheese, butter, and maple extract for 5-10 minutes. It WILL dissolve - it just requires more time than regular or icing sugar.