You’ll absolutely love these sugar free, keto red velvet cupcakes! Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a 5 star baker, you don’t have to worry about that with these cupcakes. They’re easy to make, quick and taste like the real thing.
How to make Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes
All you need is a bunch of ingredients that are already in your pantry, plus a few appliances and a whole lotta love when you’re making this keto friendly cupcakes recipe!
One of the dry ingredients in this recipe, almond flour is a commonly used keto flour instead of using all purpose flour. It’s grain free and gluten free.
As opposed to almond flour, coconut flour is more dense and absorbs more moisture. Since they act differently in baking, you can’t use one for the other. However, I found that mixing both flours will give you the best texture and flavor.
You can also use monk fruit here if that’s what you prefer, but I wouldn’t try to substitute it for liquid stevia. At the end of the day, powdered keto sweetener has volume that not only adds sweetness to any low carb red velvet cake, but also texture.
Use baking powder to help your keto red velvet cupcakes rise a little bit. However, don’t substitute it for baking soda since that one needs an acidic agent to rise.
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Lots of cocoa powders have added sugars, so make sure to pick one that is unsweetened.
Canned coconut milk
Use the thick part of coconut milk in this sugar free red velvet cupcakes recipe.
Use a room temperature egg so that your batter blends more easily and rises uniformly.
Use only a tiny bit to bring out other flavors.
Grab room temperature butter, preferably organic and grass fed. Otherwise, you can substitute it for coconut oil in the same quantity.
You can use any food coloring here, I decided to go with Suncore Foods. You can read more about them in this article by Epicurious.
Keto friendly frosting
You’re more than welcome to use your own favorite keto frosting, but you can also scroll down to see my easy recipe.
I use mascarpone cheese since it’s richer in taste, but a regular cream cheese frosting will work just fine here.
Are Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes nutritious?
I don’t eat desserts on a daily basis, even if they’re low carb. Ever since I started keto I just don’t have the urge to stuff my face with loads of chocolate and pretzels each night.
However, whenever I do have a sweet tooth I always want to make sure that whatever I’m making has high quality, clean ingredients with no added sugar and no preservatives.
This sugar free red velvet cupcake recipe contains healthy ingredients with lots of fat and almost no carbs. However, keep in mind this is a desert. It doesn’t matter if it’s keto or low carb, one thing to remember is to eat those in moderation.
Is red food coloring healthy?
Depends which one you decide to use. I use Suncore Foods red food coloring, and I found it to be one of the healthiest food colorings out there.
Of course if you don’t want to, you can omit food coloring altogether. Technically, a regular red velvet cake recipe is simply a straight up chocolate cake but with red dye. There’s no rocket science to it.
Can I use almond flour instead of coconut flour?
Nope! Remember that you can’t substitute almond flour for coconut flour and vice versa in any keto recipes.
Coconut flour is a dense flour and can absorb a lot of moisture. If you’ve ever wondered why coconut flour based cake batter contains so many eggs and oils, that’s exactly why.
On the other hand, almond flour is much fluffier, lighter and contains more fat than coconut flour. However, mixing both together will give you the perfect consistency for low sugar red velvet cupcakes.
Can I make these Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes with coconut oil?
You sure can! If you’re completely dairy free, just know that the only thing you need to do is swap butter for coconut oil. Adding the same exact amount should work perfectly fine.
I know I sound like a basic gal ordering a Starbucks coffee with 857298 modifications, but these are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free red velvet cupcakes.
More quick & easy keto recipes
For another easy peasy ketogenic recipe, check out my Keto Mini Cheesecake Muffins! They’re just as easy to make, delicious and perfect if you’re meal prepping ahead.