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Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes

Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes made with Almond Flour
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Keto Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored whey protein powder ORDER HERE see notes for substitutions
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Natural not dutch processed
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter or use 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup Swerve Granulated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free maple syrup optional (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons Swerve brown sugar optional (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons milk see notes
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup Swerve confectioner's sugar can add up 1/2 cup more
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream as needed


  • In separate bowl from mixer, mix together almond flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sifted cocoa powder, xanthan gum.
  • In mixer, cream butter and Swerve.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Put sour cream in measuring cup. Fill with milk up to 1/2 cup mark. (I use Fairlife, which is low-carb. You can use heavy cream if desired). This makes a buttermilk.
  • Add food coloring to buttermilk mixture.
  • Add almond flour mixture to sugar/egg mixture alternating with buttermilk mixture.
  • Add vinegar at the end.
  • Mix well.
  • Bake immediately for 15 minutes at 350 F./ 180 C..
  • Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting found here.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat butter for five full minutes.
  • Mix together butter and cream cheese first until completely smooth.
  • Add confectioner's sugar a little at a time. You may only need 1 cup, so taste as you go.
  • Add Vanilla.
  • Add heavy cream. I find that when I beat that butter long time, the frosting is light and does not need much, if any, heavy cream.


If you need to sub protein powder, sub with 30 extra grams of almond flour or 26 grams of coconut flour. 
Re: Optional Maple Syrup - I love this extra sweetness I use Choc Zero. Use my code SpinachTiger to save 10 %. (affiliate)
Optional Swerve Brown Sugar - Adds a little something extra.  


Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Fiber: 1g