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Low Carb Chocolate Mascarpone Cake

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Learn how to make Low Carb Chocolate Mascarpone Cake with only a few ingredients needed. This extra moist layer cake filled with mascarpone whipped cream frosting treat is a perfect balance of flavors to satisfy every sweet craving.

A chocolate cake with a slice taken out of it.
Low Carb Chocolate Mascarpone Cake. Photo credit: Low Carb – No Carb.

Serve it with a scoop of ice cream, or top it with meringue frosting and sugar-free whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate syrupcaramel saucecondensed milk, and simple syrup for sweetness and elegance. Make your way to have the best cake dessert that comes out clean and delicious.

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

The combination of rich chocolate and creamy mascarpone is a win for many dessert lovers. There are several reasons why you’ll love this great recipe:

  • Kid-friendly – It is the only cake my daughter has been asking to make since she was four and tried it for the first time. This cake is absolutely her favorite.
  • Rich flavor – chocolate and mascarpone are both known for their rich and indulgent flavors. When combined in a delicious cake, they create a rich and unbelievable taste that can satisfy even your most intense cravings.
  • Versatility – you can adapt this mascarpone cake to various preferences. Experiment with different flavors, adjusting the sweetness and intensity to suit your taste. Additionally, you can add other ingredients like nuts, berries, or coffee to enhance the flavor profile. I usually bake it as a sheet cake and cut it into rectangular shapes for easy bites. 
  • Special occasions – this cake is perfect for special occasions and celebrations. It’s elegant and delicious, making it a popular choice for birthdays, anniversaries, or any event where you want to treat yourself and your guests to a delicious dessert. Just baking it as a round cake makes it a perfect birthday cake idea.
  • Easy to make – while this cake looks fancy, it is simple. A few minutes of your time, and you’re done.

Sugar Free Mascarpone Cheese

A sugar-free mascarpone cheese is a rich, creamy Italian cream cheese primarily used in Italian cake tiramisu and cheesecakes. It is not only limited to desserts but can also be stirred into pasta sauces, adding a creamy richness to dishes like pasta alfredo and creamy risotto. Add it to your cold brew coffee for a rich and flavorful twist.

A cake with a slice taken out of it.
A cake with a slice taken out of it.

Are Mascarpone And Cream Cheese The Same?

While mascarpone and cream cheese share some similarities, they are not the same and differ in flavor, texture, and production.

Cream cheese is made from cow’s milk. While mascarpone is made from cream, and its production involves simply thickening the cream.

The differences in texture and flavor depend on the dish you are preparing. Mascarpone is less tangy than cream cheese.

Mascarpone Frosting

Making mascarpone frosting is quick and easy. It is almost the same as a cream cheese frosting, and you can use it in mascarpone cakes and various cake flavors.

You can use it for your cupcakes. It goes well with chocolate cupcakes. You can also explore topping it on any dessert you want, like a chaffle-waffle, or when you want to decorate a simple pound cake

A slice of chocolate cake on a plate with a fork.
Chocolate cake on a plate.

How To Make Chocolate Mascarpone Cake Recipe

Making this low-carb mascarpone cake is very straightforward. You will only need a few ingredients, and here is where I will show you the step-by-step process of making it.

Kitchen Gadgets Needed:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stand Mixer
  • 2x 8 inch Cake Pan
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients Needed:

  • Eggs will provide structure and moisture to your cake batter and filling. 
  • Sweetener – Opt for your preferred sugar substitute to add the right amount of sweetness.
  • Cocoa – Choose unsweetened cocoa powder without the added sugars for that intense flavor.
  • Salt – A pinch of salt enhances the overall taste and balances the sweetness of the cake.
  • Mascarpone – The show’s star, mascarpone, lends a creaminess that takes this cake to the next level.
  • Heavy Cream – Adds a creamy texture to your dessert.

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHOCOLATE MASCARPONE LAYER CAKE

First Step: Prepare Ingredients

To make this cake, prepare all the ingredients in advance. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites before anything else. I have used a powdered sweetener for the cake batter filling, and mascarpone. You can use any other preferred sweetener as long as it is powdered.

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). As you see, I have used parchment paper inside the baking form to avoid using flour against stickiness. 

Ingredients for chocolate cake.
Ingredients for chocolate cake.

Second Step: Whisk Egg Whites

Using a stand mixer with a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and 4 tablespoons of sweetener until well combined and fluffy. Set aside.

Optionally, add a little bit of vanilla extract.

Whisking egg whites.
Whisking egg whites.

Third Step: Making The Cake Batter

Add the egg yolks and 4 tablespoons of sweetener and mix into a mixing bowl.

Gradually add the egg white mixture to the cake batter cream until combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Three pictures showing how to make cake base.
Mascarpone Cake.

Fourth Step: Add In The Cocoa Powder

After all is combined, add your cocoa powder and mix again.

Do not add too much cocoa powder. Otherwise, it will overpower the mascarpone’s taste. 

How to make chocolate cake base.
Chocolate cake base.

Fifth Step: Pour Batter In The Cake Pan And Bake

In your prepared baked pan, pour the batter and divide equally between the prepared cake pans. Bake the cake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Two bowls of cake base on a baking sheet.
Cake base on a baking sheet.

Sixth Step: Prepare The Filling

Start by whisking the heavy cream in the mixer until stiff peaks form, then set aside.

How to make mascarpone cream.
How to make mascarpone cream.

Seventh Step: Mascarpone Mixture

Combine the mascarpone, egg yolks, and powdered sugar. After mixing, gently add the whipped cream to the mascarpone mixture until well combined. 

Three pictures showing how to make mascarpone cream.
Three pictures showing how to make mascarpone cream.

Eighth Step: Layer The Cake

After baking your cake base, let it cool thoroughly before assembling it.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread mascarpone filling evenly over the layer. Repeat with the remaining layer.

It is okay if you plan on making a second cake layer. You can even use any remaining mascarpone filling to frost the cake’s exterior.

How to make a chocolate cake.
How to make a chocolate cake.

Ninth Step: Decorate

Top up the mascarpone cake with your favorite decoration. Be it a ganache, a few fresh berries, or just simple cocoa powder and powdered sweetener for a decorative touch on top of the cake. 

How to decorate a cake with a doily.
How to decorate a cake with a doily.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Room temperature ingredients – bring your mascarpone and eggs to room temperature before using them, as it can result in a smoother batter and a better-textured cake.
  • Refrain from overmixing – overmixing can lead to a dense cake.
  • Refrigerate before serving – refrigerate the cake for the best flavor and texture for a few hours or overnight. It allows the flavors to meld and the filling to set.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What Is The Best Cake Mix For Mascarpone Cake?

Even though our recipe does not include any flour, for some, using a cake mix can be convenient. Finding a specific cake mix labeled for mascarpone cake might be challenging, as mascarpone cake is often made from scratch. And do not let me start on finding a low-carb mixture. Almost impossible.

Optionally, you can use a plain vanilla cake mix as a base and enhance it with mascarpone and other ingredients.

Can I Make Cake Flour At Home?

Yes, you can make your cake flour as a substitute for the store-bought ones. Even though this cake base is made from wet ingredients, I have some cake recipes made entirely from low-carb flour mix. 

Is Mascarpone Cheese Good For Making A Berry Cake?

Mascarpone cheese can be an excellent choice for making a berry cake. Its rich and creamy texture and slightly tangy flavor pair wonderfully with the sweetness and juiciness of berries. Using frozen berries will work as well. Do it on any special occasion or as a sweet treat for any day. Below are a few ideas for a berry cake.

Raspberry And Lemon Mascarpone Cake

A raspberry and lemon cake with mascarpone gives an exciting twist on mascarpone because of the lemon zest, lemon extract, lemon juice or fresh lemon flavor. The tartness of raspberries contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the cake, creating a balanced and enjoyable taste. Use our recipe as a base and add the fruits. 

A slice of chocolate cake with powdered sugar on top.
Cake with powdered sugar.

Berry Mascarpone Pound Cake

I have made a pound cake before using almond flour and paired it with a strawberry. 

Tried a few cheesecakes with a hint of tangy flavors of berries and lemon, and they were fantastic.

It would help if you tried this combination next time, and maybe I should make this recipe, too, with a hint of sour cream.

How Do I Store Mascarpone Cake

It would help if you refrigerated mascarpone cake since it has mascarpone filling.

Can I Freeze Mascarpone Cake?

Yes, you definitely can freeze the cake. Simply wrap it securely in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Ensure it is well protected to prevent freezer burn and maintain moisture. It could last for 2-3 months.

My Favorite Cake And Cupcake Recipes

Since we are already talking about cakes, I will use this chance to share my favorite cake recipes with you. Make a cake that is low-carb and delicious using these recipes.

As someone who loves fruits and cakes, my favorites are those with a hint of citrus or any fruit flavor. One is this lemon cheesecake with meringue because of its perfectly sour lemon aftertaste. Also, lemon curd cupcakes are my go-to because they are rich in lemon flavor. 

And, of course, when it comes to berry cakes, these sheet pan blueberry and strawberry cakes are my top-tier.

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Low carb quick and easy mascarpone cake.
Low carb quick and easy mascarpone cake.

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Yield: 8

Low Carb Chocolate Mascarpone Cake

A slice of chocolate cake on a plate with a fork.

Learn how to make Low Carb Chocolate Mascarpone Cake with only a few ingredients needed. This extra moist layer cake filled with mascarpone whipped cream frosting treat is a perfect balance of flavors to satisfy every sweet craving.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

Mascarpone Filling:

Instructions

  1. To make this cake, prepare all the ingredients in advance. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites before anything else. I have used a powdered sweetener for the cake batter filling, and mascarpone. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). As you see, I have used parchment paper inside the baking form to avoid using flour against stickiness. 
  2. Using a stand mixer with a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and 4 tablespoons of sweetener until well combined and fluffy. Set aside.
  3. Add the egg yolks and 4 tablespoons of sweetener and mix into a mixing bowl. Gradually add the egg white mixture to the cake batter cream until combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. After all is combined, add your cocoa powder and mix again. Do not add too much cocoa powder. Otherwise, it will overpower the mascarpone's taste.
  5. In your prepared baked pan, pour the batter and divide equally between the prepared cake pans. Bake the cake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Start by whisking the heavy cream in the mixer until stiff peaks form, then set aside.
  7. Combine the mascarpone, egg yolks, and powdered sugar. After mixing, gently add the whipped cream to the mascarpone mixture until well combined. 
  8. After baking your cake base, let it cool thoroughly before assembling it. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread mascarpone filling evenly over the layer. Repeat with the remaining layer.
  9. Top up the mascarpone cake with your favorite decoration. Be it a ganache, a few fresh berries, or just simple cocoa powder and powdered sweetener for a decorative touch on top of the cake. 

Notes

  • Room temperature ingredients - bring your mascarpone and eggs to room temperature before using them, as it can result in a smoother batter and a better-textured cake.
  • Refrain from overmixing - overmixing can lead to a dense cake.
  • Refrigerate before serving - refrigerate the cake for the best flavor and texture for a few hours or overnight. It allows the flavors to meld and the filling to set.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 Slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 335Total Fat 34gCarbohydrates 1gFiber 1gProtein 10g

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2 Comments on “Low Carb Chocolate Mascarpone Cake”

  1. This looks delicious! Can you please provide a couple more details, such as cake pan size (looks like 8″?), and whether the 8 T of sweetener is divided between the egg whites and yolks or if there is additional sweetener in the yolks? Also, there is a comment regarding cake mixes and GF flour, yet I don’t see any flour in the cake recipe or video. Thank you!

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    • Sweetener – 8 tablespoons is split into half for egg whites and egg yolk mixture. Cake pan – I am using the expandable form, but you are on spot, it is at around 8 inch in size. Flour – yes, this recipe does not uses any flour and the mention in there is just as info for those who would like to use a different base mixture. I will update all in the post. Thanks for spotting all the details.

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