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Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

If you’re a reader of Keto Ginger, you probably know that I think Rebecca is one of the best bakers on the planet. She’s certainly the cutest!

Knowing that red velvet is my favorite all time cake, when we went Keto, she decided to perfect a low carb version of this Southern dessert classic.

Like most recipes, it took a little trial and error. I was more than happy to be her taste tester. It’s the kind of work I’m willing to do for the Keto cause.

All my sacrifice paid off! She landed on a recipe that we’re proud to share.

We hope you enjoy these Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Recipe Notes & Ingredients

I like to talk a little about the Keto specific ingredients we use in our recipes because people who are new to Keto may be unfamiliar with them. If you’re familiar with all the ingredients in this recipe, you can skip this section.

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Kerry Gold Butter:

We like Kerry Gold because it’s grass-fed butter. There really is a difference in quality and flavor here. You’ll see a lot of Keto lifestylers advocating for Kerry Gold. It really is the gold standard. You can find it at most large chain grocery stores. Note that if you get unsalted butter, you’ll want to add a couple pinches of salt to your batter to make up for it.

Vanilla Extract:

We like pure vanilla extract for most of our recipes but be careful which brand you get. Some brands have added sugar.

McCormick All-natural Vanilla Extract is our go-to. It’s the cheapest, best tasting and has no added sugar.

No kitchen is really completely without vanilla extract. It seems like a couple drops go into just about everything!


Cashew or Almond Milk:

Use whichever one of these you have on hand. They have similar macros and flavor profiles. We’ve tried both and can’t tell that either changes the flavor of the cupcakes. You can find both at Publix, Walmart and Kroger.

Almond Flour:

Made of blanched and ground up almonds, this flour offers texture, flavor and substance to baked items.

Since there is no gluten or binding agent in almond flour, you typically have to use eggs in combination with this ingredient in your recipes.

We've tried a few different brands, and they're all good quality, but for the price, we like Blue Diamond. As I write this, it's $.28 cents/oz on Amazon versus $.52/oz for Anthony's and $.66/oz for Bob's Red Mill.

Confectioners Monkfruit:

Monkfruit is a wonderful, Keto-approved sweetener. Since we discovered it, we’ve started using it in everything that needs sweetness.

Monkfruit sweetener stands up well to the heat of baking, it tastes great and doesn’t have a bad aftertaste. It has no carbs, and actually contains a substance that is reported to help stabilize blood glucose levels.

Amazon is the most reasonably priced and convenient place we've found to purchase it.

Xanthan Gum:

Without getting into the specific science of this product, just understand that it’s used in a lot of foods to stabilize texture.

For example, it makes gluten free baked goods a little fluffier and it helps make sauces a little thicker.

There are a lot of uses for xanthan gum, but we use it in our baking recipes for the ‘fluffy’ factor. Without it, they tend just to be a little flat and dense.

Note: Don’t overuse this ingredient, especially if you use it in a sauce or pudding. Too much will give your dish a weird, slimy texture. If you’ve ever used too many Chia Seeds in something, it’s like that

Baking Tips

The only real tip I can give you here is to spray the cupcake liners before pouring the batter in. If you skip that step, the liners will stick to your cupcakes and you’ll pull them apart just trying to unwrap them.

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Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Our keto twist on a Southern Desert staple. These Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes are moist, spongy, chocolaty and yummy. Our friends and family always say they can't even tell they're keto.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cupcake, Red Velvet Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 304 kcal



Cream Cheese Frosting



  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Set butter and cream cheese out to reach room temperature for the frosting
  3. For the Cup Cakes
  4. Combine coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder and xanthan gum in a bowl. Stir until incorporated and then that set aside.
  5. In another bowl, mix together cocoa, monk fruit, cashew milk and butter. Heat in microwave, 10 seconds at a time, until butter is just melted, not extremely hot. (if it’s too hot, it will cook the eggs in the next step)
  6. Add food coloring vanilla and eggs to the warm butter/milk mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Slowly pour wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Fold together until well incorporated.
  8. Prepare cupcake tins by adding liners to a 16-18 cup muffin tin. Spray inside of liners with non-stick cooking spray.
  9. Scoop cupcake batter into prepared liners, making sure they are roughly 1/4 inch from the top of the liner.
  10. Bake 22-25 minutes until cupcakes bounce back when lightly poked.
  11. Let cool completely before frosting.


  1. Cream together room temperature butter and cream cheese until well combined.
  2. Slowly add confectioners Monk Fruit sweetener until encorporated.
  3. Add Cashew Milk and Vanilla and mix thouroughly. For thicker frosting, add a little less Cashew Milk. For thinner, add just a little more.
Nutrition Facts
Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Carbohydrates 3.4g1%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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