A slice of pecan coffee cake with cinnamon swirl on a white plate with blue and white flowered napkin with baking dish in back and gray coffee mug to the right

This Pecan Coffee Cake is a low carb breakfast cake with an almond butter cinnamon swirl and sweet buttery vanilla drizzle. It makes a great brunch with a hot cup of coffee, but also can be served as an after dinner dessert!

Our favorite time to have this Pecan Coffee Cake is for a weekend brunch with a steaming hot cup of coffee. I love making it at the beginning of the weekend so we can have breakfast in the morning, and dessert in the evening, both weekend days!

Pecan Pie Coffee Cake Slice on a white plate with whole cake in the background.

Keto Pecan Coffee Cake for the Weekend win!

Weekends are always relaxed in our home. While I have always been an early riser, Grumpy is not! As a result, I like to have something like this Pecan Coffee Cake for breakfast on the weekend. That way, we can both enjoy a piece whenever we feel ready to eat!

I also try to make smaller batch recipes, however, for this particular recipe, I decided to go full sized. With only two of us in the house, usually a full 12 serving size recipe is too much. However, in this case, it didn’t turn out that way. Grumpy loved this so much, it was breakfast and dessert! So, this Pecan Coffee Cake lasted a little more than two days for us. Win for me since I only had to bake once for the weekend. And, win for Grumpy since he was satisfied all weekend long!

Baked Pecan Coffee Cake in baking dish with drizzled icing on top. Coffee cup and serving plate in background.

How to make Pecan Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Swirl

Time needed: 1 hour.

A low carb breakfast cake with pecans, cinnamon swirl and a vanilla drizzle.

  1. Measure your ingredients

    Measuring your ingredients before any mixing will make your recipe making go smoother!Ingredients for recipe

  2. Prepare your baking pan

    Using a paper towel and softened butter, smear the butter over the bottom and up the sides of your baking pan.greasing the baking dish with butter using a paper towel

  3. Combine your dry ingredients

    Add your almond flour, coconut flour, Monkfruit brown sweetener, salt, and baking powder to mixing bowl and whisk to combine.combined dry ingredients

  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients

    In a 4 cup glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, water, and heavy cream. Add melted butter and egg mixture to flour mixture. butter and egg mixture added to flour mixture

  5. Stir

    Stir to combine well.combined batter

  6. Remove 1 cup batter and mix in almond butter.

    Once your batter is combined, remove 1 cup of batter and place in small mixing bowl. Add to it 28 oz almond butter. Stir until combined.adding pecan pie almond butter to batter

  7. Place plain batter in baking dish

    Place batter in baking dish and spread to cover bottom of pan.plain batter spread in baking dish

  8. Top with dollops of Almond Butter batter mixture

    Spoon approximately 1 tbsp of batter evenly over cake layer.Dollops of pecan almond butter batter on top of plain batter in baking pan

  9. Swirl dollops of batter

    Using a butter knife, place tip in baking dish just in front of a dollop and drag through batter to swirl two types of batter together.dragging a butter knife through batter to swirl

  10. Bake the cake

    Once the batter is swirled into the coffee cake base, it is ready to bake.Swirled batter in cake pan

  11. Make the icing

    Mix together the swerve powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream until icing is smooth and creamy.Icing drizzle ingredients in mixing bowl

  12. Drizzle Pecan Coffee Cake with icing

    Drizzle with icing and top with chopped pecans.pecan coffee cake with vanilla icing drizzle

  13. Cut and serve

    Enjoy!removing a slice of pecan coffee cake from baking dish to serve

Tips for making this sugar-free breakfast cake recipe

  • Work quickly when adding batter to your pan. Because there is baking powder in your batter, your coffee cake will resemble a thick pancake batter. For this reason, don’t be alarmed if it is not smooth like a regular cake batter. Your cake will still swirl and bake up nice and tall!
  • When swirling your almond butter batter through the cake, you will want to put the knife to the very bottom of your pan. Move in an S shaped motion through each dollop.
  • If your icing is too thick for you, it is ok to add a little more heavy cream. Just add it about 1/2 tablespoon at a time.
  • To easily drizzle your icing on top of your cake, use a sandwich baggie. I place the baggie in a cup, wrap the opening around the lip of the cup to keep it open, and put the icing in the baggie. I then will snip the corning of the baggie and squeeze over top of the cake in a zigzag pattern.
A slice of pecan coffee cake with cinnamon swirl on a white plate with blue and white flowered napkin with baking dish in back and gray coffee mug to the right

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More Keto Breakfast Treats!

A slice of pecan coffee cake with cinnamon swirl on a white plate with blue and white flowered napkin with baking dish in back and gray coffee mug to the right

Pecan Coffee Cake

A vanilla flavored cake with a pecan pie flavored almond butter batter swirl. Topped with a vanilla icing and chopped roasted pecans.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Keto Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast cake, pecan coffee cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 157kcal


For the Cake

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup Monkfruit Brown Sweetener
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Legendary Pecan Pie Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the Icing Drizzle

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup Swerve Confectioner Powdered Sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream more if needed to obtain desired consistency
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted pecans


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, Monkfruit sweetener, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large 4 cup glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, vanilla, water, and heavy cream.
  • Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add egg mixture and butter to dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Remove 1 cup of batter from bowl and place in a smaller mixing bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tbsp pecan pie almond butter to batter. Stir to combine.
  • Add plain batter to baking dish and spread to cover bottom of pan.
  • Place dollops of almond butter batter on top and swirl batter with a knife.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
  • Remove from oven and let cool at least 30 minutes.
  • While cake is cooling, add Swerve 1/2 cup confectioners sweetener, 2 tbsp melted butter, 2 tbsp heavy cream, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract to mixing bowl. Stir until well combined. Add more heavy cream as needed to obtain desired consistency. Drizzle over baked cake.
  • Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  • Store any leftover cake on the counter for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 1 week.


You can easily substitute regular almond butter if you don't have the Pecan Pie Almond Butter. If you wish, just add a tablespoon of chopped pecans, a teaspoon of sweetener, and about 1/4 tsp cinnamon to your regular almond butter.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Rose Elliott June 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Is it really 28 oz of pecan pie almond butter? My whole jar is 160z/1lb ! Thanks in advance for your assistance ?!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan June 11, 2019 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Hi Rose, In the ingredient list it states 2 tbsp. My apologizes, somehow in the instructions it wasn’t indicated correctly. I have fixed this.

  2. Pat August 16, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    What size baking pan is used and do you prefer to use glass bakeware with keto?

    • Shelby Law Ruttan August 17, 2019 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Hi Pat. I prefer to use glass baking dishes overall. The size pan I used was 9×9 square pyrex baking pan. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous October 4, 2019 at 11:18 am - Reply


  4. Miriah October 21, 2019 at 7:22 pm - Reply


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