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Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Sparing Angel Food Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Sparing Angel Food Cake

Many of you know I worked at a coffee shop since I was 15 years old. At this cute coffee shop, I would make the best lemon poppy seed muffins with delicious lemon curd dolloped on top! Before school, I would go to the coffee shop to make the scones and the muffins and then after school, I would go back to work. At the end of the day, I got to bring home the cinnamon rolls, scones and lemon poppy seed muffins that didn’t sell! So guess what??? I would make lemon poppy seed muffins to make sure I had some to go home with! No wonder why I was so unhealthy and overweight! Once I was diagnosed with PCOS, I decided to create healthy keto recipes of my favorite things like this protein sparing lemon poppy seed angel food cake!

My recipe for protein sparing angel food cake is only 42 calories and 1 gram total carb per slice compared to the whopping 700 calories and 97 grams of carbohydrates that my lemon poppy seed muffin had!

Here is my before photo when I was eating too many lemon poppy seed muffins and this is my after photo. Protein sparing modified fasting helped me get to my goal weight.


My sugar free kids love this lemon poppy seed angel food cake so much!


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Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Sparing Angel Food Cake

Maria Emmerich
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert, Nut Free, PSMF Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 153




  • 3/4 cup powdered allulose
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 8 tablespoons coconut oil or butter if not dairy free


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). NOTE: If using allulose, bake at 325 degrees F.
  • Sift protein powder, poppy seeds, sweetener and Further Food gelatin together and set aside.
  • In a large clean bowl, whip egg whites with a pinch of salt until foamy (save the yolks for "healthified" creme brule, "healthified" coconut custard, OR "healthified" ice cream).
  • Add cream of tartar and continue to beat until very stiff (you will be able to put bowl upside down and the whites won't fall out).
  • Add your favorite extract flavor.
  • Gently fold in the protein powder mixture.
  • Pour into a greased 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.
  • Allow to cool while you make the lemon curd.
  • Combine allulose, lemon juice, 4 eggs and lemon zest in heavy medium saucepan and whisk to blend; add coconut oil. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and coats back of spoon thickly (do not boil), about 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture through strainer into medium bowl. Place bowl in larger bowl filled with ice water and whisk occasionally until lemon curd is cooled completely, about 15 minutes.
  • Can be made 1 day ahead.
  • To serve, place one slice of protein sparing angel food cake onto a plate and top with a few tablespoons of lemon curd.


Nutritional Information: FOR CAKE ONLY
42 calories, 0.1g fat, 8g protein, 1g carbs, 1g fiber
P:E ratio 80


Calories: 153 | Fat: 11g | Protein: 12g | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fiber: 0.2g | P:E Ratio: 0.9



“Before: Age 48
Weight: 182
Size: 12
BMI: 30.9
Body Fat%: 38.8
IBS, Migraines, sleep issues, lower energy, sugar/carb addiction

Current: Age 48
Weight: 133.8
Size: 4/6
BMI: 22.3
Body Fat%: 25.6

IBS nearly gone, No migraines for several months even during my periods, sleeping better, high energy, sugar free since December 23, 2020 (my last cheat day)

Maria and Craig Emmerich, thank you for your continual education, influence, and support. I am completely in love with this way of eating and am determined to impact as many lives as I possibly can moving forward! I appreciate the two of you for paving the way for me.” – Casey

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • eatkinson says:

    Can we use the Equip protein powder for this recipe?

  • Gloria says:

    I have plain egg white protein powder, can that be used? If not, where can I find the strawberry and vanilla egg white powder? Thank you!

  • Christina says:

    Will this recipe turn out ok WITHOUT the allulose or sweetener? I don’t use any sweet and follow a carnivore diet. I don’t want to unleash the beast by starting with any sweeteners. I hesitate to try and make it and ruin all those farm fresh eggs if others have tried w/out sweeteners and it didn’t turn out. Not sure if I need to add any additional dry ingredients to make up for the loss of the allulose.

    Thank you!

  • Stephanie says:

    What is the nutritional information for the Lemon Curd itself?

  • Gloria says:

    5 stars
    I haven’t even made the lemon curd yet but the lemon poppy seed angel food cake is delicious!

  • Deanna says:

    Hi Maria,

    Is the curd made of whole eggs or just egg yolks? I am trying to find a recipe that calls for yolks and not whole eggs.

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