Keto Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Glaze, Grain Free, Dairy Free
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Keto Pumpkin Cupcakes are one of my most popular cake recipes in my keto home bakery. Did you know that right now, at least for the time being, I have a home-based keto bakery?
It’s a funny story and it all started with these keto pumpkin cupcakes.
My bakery doesn’t sell cupcakes. I sell what I call little Lala cakes that look like this, but the recipe and servings are the same.
However, you’re not likely to have these little paper cake pans, and are much more likely to have cupcake liners, and this recipe is for cupcakes. You can also make a sheet pan cake in a quarter sheet pan with this recipe, which would be great for your holiday table.
My Keto Bakery Story
Continuing the bakery story, someone on our online neighborhood forum wanted “someone” to make him some keto sweet potato muffins. I responded asking for the recipe. It was NOT keto, and I laughed reading a regular recipe with flour and sugar. His response back was “well can’t you make them keto?” I said “I can do pumpkin.” He picked them up and that night ordered three dozen of various flavors. A home bakery was born. He (Gary) has now ordered at least six times.
I’m still a bit in disbelief that within six weeks, I’ve managed to attain regular weekly clients and have an organized a home bakery offering several flavors of yummy Lala cakes. Most customers reorder, and that’s the validation that these are very good recipes.
I feel so good about being able to help people get off grains and sugar and yet still have the treats and sweets they grew up on. No one in America wants to go without dessert forever. If sugar and heavy carbs got you to chronic disease and obesity, why go back to that life? I encourage my customers to enjoy these treats indefinitely, and to browse this blog for recipes.
Not every client is on a ketogenic diet, but they are avoiding the grains, the sugar, the gluten. The combination of grains, sugar and fat are addicting and keep you hungry when blood sugar rises. These cakes do not do that, as they are made with Swerve, almond flour and coconut flour.
Are these Keto Pumpkin Cupcakes are Dairy Free?
Yes. I use a healthy fat, avocado oil. I used almond milk here to keep this dairy free. You can use heavy cream instead as an option.
How to Safely Sweeten Keto Pumpkin Cupcakes
I love powdered erythritol from Swerve and I wrote about why I use this sweetener here. I have heard clients tell me they purchased keto bakes from other bakeries and experienced leg pain (likely caused from inflammation). It’s very possible those bakeries are using Stevia, which seems to give some people headaches and body pain. I also do not recommend xylitol, as it may cause stomach distress and is very lethal to dogs.
I’ve been eating Swerve for years now with weight loss, not gain and no symptoms, so it’s my go to.
What is a Lala Cake?
The Lala cakes are my signature baked good. They are tart sized cakes that are approximately 3.5 inches in diameter, look like a small tart and hold four ounces. Each cake holds about 2.5 ounces of batter and use less frosting or icing than cupcakes. They are all between 1 and 3 net carbs and contribute to portion control. People are still losing weight and have something sweet and yummy to look forward to.
Nashville Locals Order these from Bakery
The pumpkin is one of my personal favorites. I tweaked my keto pumpkin spice cake and it works so well in small cake form or as pumpkin cupcakes.
Eat Cake for Breakfast
I find they work great on a keto diet or a low-carb diet, especially in the morning, as the high fat content will keep you satiated. You will be getting a good amount of fat, some protein and it’s low carb. These will easily hold you to lunch, and if your office is that type that has a lot of donuts, this is your healthy option. You can replace the almond milk with heavy cream for extra fat.
There are several ways to top these keto pumpkin cupcakes.
- Almond Milk with Swerve Confectioner’s Sweetener
- Heavy Cream or Milk with Swerve Confectioner’s Sweetener
- Buttercream Frosting (Keto) Recipe Here
- Cream Cheese Frosting (Keto) Recipe Here
- Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting (Keto) Recipe Here
- Cream Cheese Glaze Here
If you need more stellar pumpkin recipes this season, I have you covered. You will want to browse all of these yummy recipes.
Keto Pumpkin Cupcakes
- 2 1/2 cups almond four
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg Freshly Ground
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice Homemade Recipe Here
- 1/2 cup avocado oil
- 1 cup swerve
- 5 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup Swerve confectioner's sweetener
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon maple extract
- Preheat oven to 350 F. 180 C. Gas 4
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
- Add avocado oil and swerve granular.
- Add eggs one at a time. Mix for one minute each.
- Add pumpkin puree. Mix well.
- Add in dry ingredients. Mix on low until just incorporated.
- Spray cupcake liners.
- Fill each one. This is 12 servings.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Mix heavy cream or almond milk with maple extract.
- Add Swerve confectioner's sweetener. Mix until creamy. Pour over each cooled cupcake.
Please follow me on instagram. If you make this recipe, please tag me #spinachtiger.
If you love this recipe, please give it five stars. It means a lot. xoxo
Loved these pumpkin cakes. So healthier and yummy. Thanks
Thank you so much.
These cupcakes are DELICIOUS! They are moist & the texture is perfect. Thank you!
I can’t wait to make this! But, the directions say in #3 to whip butter for one minute, & I can’t find the butter listed in the ingredients. Am I missing something?
Thanks for all the great recipes that are making this new lifestyle journey easier for us!
I removed the butter to make this dairy free, but forgot to take it out. Thanks for seeing that.