Old fashioned preacher cake is sweet with pineapple and pecans. The tender cake is traditionally topped with a rich cream cheese frosting that has chopped pecans stirred into it. In fact, it’s a lot like a single layer hummingbird. I’ve made some adaptions to create a preacher cake recipe that’s low carb and gluten free but just as good as the original.
For this recipe you’ll need: almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, Swerve or other sugar free sweetener, vanilla, egg, Torani Sugar Free Pineapple syrup – or your favorite, sugar free brown sugar cinnamon syrup, butter, cream cheese, pecans
Preacher Cake is so named because it’s made from things that most homemakers kept in their pantries and could be thrown together quickly. If you look at the ingredients there’s no doubt that Preacher Cake is related to Hummingbird Cake – the only difference is that the Hummingbird Cake has bananas. At some point some harried southern homemaker realized that she was out of bananas and the preacher was coming to lunch so she threw together what she did have. At least that’s the way I think it happened.
I’ve heard people call it an Amish Preacher Cake but I’ve always known it as Southern Preacher Cake – so I don’t know. You’ll have to decide your ownself where you think it came from. Personally, I don’t care – I’m glad it exists! It took a few tries but I’ve adapted it to be low carb. It’s still sweet, with plenty of tropical flavor thanks to sugar free pineapple syrup – and it has that rich, cream cheese icing with chopped pecans folded in to it that I’ve always loved. What it doesn’t have is the 40 grams of carbs per serving that’s in the original.
My low carb version has just 2 net carbs per serving!
This recipe serves four people but you can cut the cake into servings and then freeze what you aren’t going to eat right away. In fact, I’d suggest that if you aren’t sharing you put the 3 slices that you aren’t eating in the freezer before you taste the piece that you planned on eating.
Trust me on this – it’s addictive.
Preacher Cake Recipe Variations
This cake is awesome as is – and I suggest you make it exactly according to instructions the first time so you are familiar with it. After that you may want to try one of these variations –
- Substitute macadamia nuts for pecans
- Substitute walnuts for the pecans
- Use sugar free coconut syrup in place of some of the pineapple syrup
- Remove a tablespoon of almond flour and replace with coconut flour
- Try vegetable oil instead of butter
- Stir in some unsweetened coconut flakes into the frosting (be sure to rework the nutrition info)
- Replace a teaspoon of the syrup with spiced rum
- Replace the vanilla in the frosting with rum
This is truly a versatile recipe that you can play around with until you get exactly what you’re looking for.
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Y’all know I like Torani syrups so it should be no surprise at all that they’re the ones I recommend for this recipe – and no, I’m not being paid. The sugar free pineapple syrup is relatively new and I didn’t find it on amazon but you can easily find it on their site. In fact, you can get free shipping and 15% off until April 30 (2018) with the coupon code in this Planter’s Punch cocktail post. The hardest thing to find is the small baking pan. You can increase the servings by clicking on the servings and using the cursor to increase the amounts (which also increases the measurements – no worries!) or you can get a little baking pan like this one.
Low Carb Preacher Cake Recipe
When you need something sweet to snack on along with your sugar free caramel breve or espresso in the afternoon this low carb cake recipe is just right. Give it a try and if you love it please give it a 5 star rating!
Low Carb Preacher Cake
- 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/3 teaspoons baking soda
- Pinch baking powder
- Pinch salt
- Pinch teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup swerve
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Sugar Free Pineapple syrup
- 1/2 tablespoon Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter , melted
- 1/3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans , divided use
- 1.5 ounces cream cheese , softened
- 1 tablespoon butter , softened
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cups swerve
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Grease a 6x6-inch square baking pan.
- Blend the almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sweetener in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a larger bowl blend together the egg yolk, syrups, butter, and vanilla until well mixed.
- Stir in the dry ingredients gently.
- Fold in half the pecans - about 2 tablespoons.
- Spoon cake into baking pan and smooth top.
- Bake at 325F for 20 to 30 minutes - or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it.
- Let cool before adding the frosting.
- Blend all the ingredients except the pecans until smooth.
- Fold in the remaining pecans.
- Spread gently on completely cooled cake.
- Refrigerate if you're not eating it within a few hours. Freeze for longer storage.
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