Christmas is coming in a couple of weeks and I wanted to upload a delightful Gingerbread Cake Roll that was keto, gluten-free and sugar-free! My goal with this recipe was to make a cake roll that was extremely fluffy and light, that was somewhat dark in colour, and tasted amazing!
Today’s recipe was a little tricky to make. This past week I made the sponge a total of six times before finally succeeding making this fluffy and spongy one. My 4 first versions all used erythritol as the sweetener and they ALL cracked no matter what I did. I tried powdered erythritol and granulated erythritol, increased and decreased the amount of eggs and almond flour I used, but to no avail. Every single time I used erythritol to sweeten the cake, it would crack and completely fall apart when cooled.
The last two versions I made, well I completely gave up on erythritol and used stevia instead. They finally didn’t crack! My fifth version didn’t use any whey protein or cream cheese, but it wasn’t as fluffy as my 6th, which is why I decided to stick with this recipe here. The Low Carb Christmas Roll Cake that I made last year was also sweetened with stevia which is why I had never experienced a fail using erythritol before.
My 3rd and 5th version used the exact same ingredients, but I swapped the erythritol for stevia. I don’t know why it wasn’t working with erythritol. Like I would roll up the cake in a towel and it would literally fall apart in the towel, break apart when unrolled, or break into a million pieces when touched. Maybe the brand of erythritol I used was bad, but for this recipe erythritol just did not work.
Finally, my cream cheese and whey protein version worked and was wonderful! For the cream cheese filling, I wasn’t sure whether to do a simple whipped cream or add cream cheese. I decided to go for a cream cheese one because I was craving something creamy. Added some heavy cream to it and it was the perfect frosting! I’ll be making this cake roll along with my Paleo Tourtiere and a Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken this Christmas because those two for me are what a Christmas dinner should look like!
Keto Gingerbread Cake Roll
A delicious gluten-free and sugar-free cake roll filled with a cream cheese whipping cream!
- 1 tsp cinnamon for topping
Cream Cheese Frosting
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
In a large bowl, add the egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip using a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
In another large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients. Mix with a whisk. The batter will be pretty thick.
Add 1/6 of the meringue to the egg yolk batter and mix with a hand mixer until the batter starts to be thinner. Add another 1/6 and mix with the hand mixer again.
At this stage, add 1/6 of the meringue at a time, but fold it in with a silicone spatula. Make sure you don't over mix or you'll break the air bubbles and have a flatter cake.
- Add a piece of parchment paper over a baking pan.
Spread the batter evenly onto the prepared baking pan and bake for 13 minutes, until the top springs back when touched.
Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for a minute. Put a kitchen towel to the side and lift up the parchment paper and flip on its other side onto the kitchen towel. The parchment paper side should now be side up.
Carefully peel away the parchment paper from the sponge cake. Place the parchment paper over again and gently roll up inside the kitchen towel while still warm. We want the cake to cool down in its rolled up form to prevent cracking.
Set aside until completely cooled.
Add the cream cheese and 1/2 cup of heavy cream to a mixing bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the stevia powder and vanilla and continue to mix. Slowly add the heavy cream 1/4 cup at a time to the bowl and whip for 3-5 minutes with a hand mixer until it starts to thicken.
Once thickened, your roll cake is ready to be filled.
Carefully unroll the cake and peel off the parchment paper. Spread the cream cheese whipping cream all over evenly.
Roll the cake up once more and it's done!
You can cut off the edges if you want a clean cut and you can also refrigerate before serving so that it's nice and cool! Sprinkle some of the cinnamon powder over and it's ready to serve!
I have tried making it without the whey protein isolate powder, it works but it turned out a bit flatter than the final version.