Chocolate Cake with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

Chocolate Cake With Orange Mascarpone Frosting
Chocolate Cake With Orange Mascarpone Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

Recipes   Gluten Free     Sweets    


Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup unflavored whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated Swerve Sweetener
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
Orange Mascarpone Frosting
  • 16 ounces mascarpone, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s Swerve Sweetener
  • 2 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, room temperature, divided


Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and grease 3 9-inch circular cake pans well. Line with parchment circles and grease the parchment. (8 inches will also work but you need to bake them longer. And if you only have two cake pans, simply hold back 1/3 of the batter and bake it after the first two layers are out of the oven.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut flour, whey protein powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter with Swerve until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, orange zest, and vanilla extract, then beat in half of the almond flour mixture. Beat in nut milk and then the remaining almond flour mixture until well combined.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the cake pans and smooth the tops with a knife or offset spatula. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until the center is firm to the touch. Remove and let cool in pans 15 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Orange Mascarpone Frosting
  1. In a large bowl, beat mascarpone, cream cheese and sweetener together until well combined. Beat in orange zest and orange extract. Add 1/4 cup of the whipping cream and beat until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat remaining 1/2 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until thoroughly combined.
  3. Place one layer of cake on a serving platter and spread with 1/3 of the frosting. Top with another layer of cake and spread with another 1/3 of the frosting. Top with final layer of cake and spread with remaining frosting. Sprinkle with grated orange zest, if desired.

Makes 12 to 16 servings. 

Chocolate Cake With Orange Mascarpone Frosting
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice

Servings 16

Calories 360
Total Fat 33g
Total Saturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 125mg
Sodium 240mg
Total Carbs 24g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Swerve 17g
Protein 9g
Net Carbs: 2g
Chocolate Cake With Orange Mascarpone Frosting


  • Marla

    How does subtracting 5 g of fiber from 24g of carbs equal 2 net carbs? This is NOT correct. It should read 19 net carbs.

    • Swerve

      Hi Marla! Thanks for visiting our website. Since carbohydrates coming from Swerve do not affect blood sugar, they are not counted in the net carb count. So for this recipe, 24g carbs - 5g from fiber - 17g from Swerve = 2g net carbs. Please let us know if you have any more questions! Thanks again for visiting our website.

  • Chelsea M

    Will powdered monk fruit sugar work as well? I'm making a matcha blueberry cake, would this frosting work well? Is it light or dense?

    • Swerve

      Hi Chelsea! Monk fruit is highly concentrated, so it would not be a great substitution for Swerve in this cake recipe, since the Swerve is need for bulk too. The frosting is delicious and would be great with matcha and blueberry! It's a pretty dense frosting.

  • Linda

    Not a fan of cream cheese, can I use just Marscapone in the frosting?

    • Swerve

      Hi Linda! You could simply omit the cream cheese. You may have a bit less icing, but it will still be delicious!

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