Keto Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting


This strawberry cream cheese frosting is a delicious sugar-free icing for low-carb cupcakes. Plus, it adds a natural pink color and a fruity taste!

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Why you’ll love this strawberry cream cheese frosting recipe

  • Fruity flavor: Fresh strawberries add a juicy and sweet flavor to these cupcakes. 
  • Lightly sweet: These cupcakes have just the right amount of sweetness.  Some may prefer a sweeter frosting, but I like to minimize the use of low-carb sweeteners (I’m sensitive to them!).
  • Incredibly moist: Each bite of these fruity keto cupcakes is moist and delicious.
  • Decadent icing: Thick layers of strawberry cream cheese icing make these cupcakes irresistible! 
  • Low-carb and keto: Made with low-carb sweetener and a keto flour blend, these cupcakes are 100% keto-friendly.
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Ingredients needed

Here’s everything that goes into my scrumptious keto cream cheese frosting. 

Low-carb flour mix

For the perfect texture in keto baking, I like to use a combination of almond and coconut flour. 

I also include baking powder, xanthan gum, and a bit of salt to complete my mix. 

Almond milk

Almond milk is a great keto ingredient because it’s low-carb and versatile for both cooking and baking. In this recipe, it helps keep the cupcakes super moist. 

Low-carb sweetener

I was tempted to use all liquid sweetener in this strawberry cream cheese frosting. But, I ended up using a half cup of Swerve Confectioners and added in vanilla stevia drops until the sweetness was good for me.

If I were to sweeten up this low-carb strawberry cream cheese frosting more, I would have added in a small amount of monk fruit drops. I find that using a blend of different sweeteners provides the best taste.

Fats

I use a blend of fat sources in this recipe for a macro-friendly dessert. Coconut oil and butter add great fat content to the cupcakes, with added unsalted butter in the icing. 

Eggs

Eggs are essential to keto baking – they bind these cupcakes without adding excess carbs. 

Vanilla extract

Thankfully, vanilla extract is keto-friendly and adds fantastic flavor to baked goods. 

Cream cheese

The key to my sugar-free cream cheese frosting is, of course, the cream cheese! It has great fat content and adds such a delicious, tangy flavor. 

Strawberries

Finally, fresh strawberries make these low-carb cupcakes a fruity delight!

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Baking tips

  • Don’t add too much granular sweetener. Most of the bulk sweeteners contain erythritol, which can crystallize if too much is used.
  • Feel free to adjust the sweetener in this strawberry cream cheese frosting recipe to suit your own tastes. 
  • Don’t worry if the tops of your cupcakes sink in from underbaking – that just leaves more room for extra keto cream cheese frosting.

How to make cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting

Ready to make yummy cupcakes with keto cream cheese frosting? Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prep oven and prep baking pan

First up, preheat your oven to 350°F and line your muffin tray with cupcake liners for easy baking.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients

Next, combine all of your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well. 

Step 3: Beat in wet ingredients

Then, beat all of the wet ingredients (minus the eggs) into the dry mixture using an electric mixer at medium speed. 

Once combined, add the eggs and beat for another couple of minutes. 

Step 4: Bake and cool

Divide your batter evenly amongst the cupcake liners and bake until done.

Let them cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

Make your strawberry cream cheese frosting

While your cupcakes are baking, take this time to make your sugar-free strawberry cream cheese frosting!

Step 1: Cream butter and cream cheese

Start the base of your frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. 

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Beat them together until nice and smooth.

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Step 2: Puree strawberries

Wash and slice the strawberries in half. Add them to a small blender or food processor and puree.

Step 3: Mix puree and cream cheese mixture

Add 3 tablespoons of the strawberry liquid and the vanilla stevia into the cream cheese mix.

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Beat everything together until mixed in.

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Step 4: Add powdered sugar

Now, it’s time to add in the powdered sugar slowly.

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I recommend doing this part in spoonfuls to make sure it doesn’t clump the frosting and it blends in smoothly.

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Step 5: Frost cooled cupcakes

Spread a thick layer of strawberry cream cheese frosting on top of each cooled cupcake. 

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Top with additional strawberry slices for a pretty touch!

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How to serve cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting

These cupcakes are a delicious dessert, perfect for serving at a birthday party or casual get-together. 

Serve them alongside some fresh keto fruit, a hot cup of bulletproof tea, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra guilt-free indulgence. 

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Variations

  • See how this strawberry frosting tastes on top of my coconut flour cupcakes
  • Swap strawberries for another keto fruit like blueberries or raspberries 
  • Use this cream cheese frosting to frost a chocolate keto cake
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FAQs

Have more questions about my cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting? Leave them in the comments down below. 

What are the best types of flour for keto baking? 

Almond flour and coconut flour are my holy grail baking ingredients because of their low carb counts and fabulous textures. 

Are strawberries keto?

Strawberries are a keto fruit you should eat in moderation, with 6 grams of net carbs per 100g serving (about three strawberries).

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting on Low Carb Cupcakes

This sugar free cream cheese frosting is a delicious topping for low carb cakes. And, it adds a natural pink color and a fruity taste.

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

Cooling Time:10 minutes

Total Time:40 minutes

Course: Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin molds with cupcake liners. 

  • In large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.

  • Beat in almond milk, coconut oil, butter, and vanilla to the dry mix with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Add the eggs and continue to beat an additional 2 minutes.

  • Divide batter between cupcake liners.

  • Bake in 350 °F oven for about 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and cake springs back when lightly touched.

  • Cool cupcakes for 10 minute then remove from molds and allow to cool completely on to wire rack.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Cream together the butter and cream cheese. 

  • Puree the strawberries in a small blender or food processor. 

  • Add 3 tablespoons of the strawberry liquid and the vanilla stevia into the cream cheese mix. Beat until mixed in.

  • Slowly beat in the powdered sweetener. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 224 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Additional Info


Net Carbs:
3
g

|

% Carbs:
7.6
%

|

% Protein:
12.7
%

|

% Fat:
79.7
%

|

SmartPoints:
8

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Notes on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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