Keto cake pops are the perfect festive dessert to bring to a holiday party or to enjoy with family! These tasty single-serve desserts are almost as adorable as they are delicious.
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Keto Cake Pops
I am all about the single-serving desserts. Don't get me wrong, I love a great cake or pie... it's just that I have a hard time not going back for "one more teeny, tiny little sliver."
If you're like me and prefer treats that come in pre-portioned servings, then you're going to love these festive Keto cake pops! They're almost as adorable as they are delicious, which makes them perfect for holiday gatherings or just enjoying with the family.
The secret behind this easy recipe is using the Swerve vanilla cake mix for your batter. It makes the process so simple. After that, all you have to to do is melt the chocolate and dip the cake balls! If you ask me, that's the most fun part anyway.
And if you have young ones in the family, this is a great recipe to make with kids! They'll have a blast dipping the cake pops and adding all the decorations. The hardest part will be getting them to wait until after dinner to indulge.
There are plenty of festive desserts out there that people are used to seeing every holiday season. Trust me, if you show up to a holiday gathering or Christmas party with a tray of cake pops, everyone will be so excited to dig into something a little different... and delicious!
What Are Cake Pops?
Like the name suggests, these cute little desserts are basically a way to eat cake like a lollipop. You mix together cake and frosting to form the ball, coat it in melted chocolate, add a stick or sturdy straw, and enjoy.
This concept was first made popular by Angie Dudley on her blog Bakerella back in 2008. I think it's so cool to see a food blogger's creations become trendy and mainstream!
Since then, they've become the darling of bakeries all over. You've probably seen them in the pastry case at your local Starbucks, which is what really sky-rocketed them into popularity.
Something about these little treats is simply delightful. And now, we have a super easy way to make a Keto version that tastes just as amazing as the original!
How Many Carbs In Cake Pops?
Cake pops can be made in a variety of ways, so the nutrition will always depend on what ingredients are used. You'll also want to look at the size of the cake pop in question.
Starbucks has three popular flavors of their cake pops, which are birthday cake, chocolate cake, and cookie dough cake. Cookie dough has 19 grams of carbs with 11 grams of sugar while birthday and chocolate both have 23 grams of carbs with 18 grams of sugar. That's a lot for one tiny pop!
These Keto cake pops, on the other hand, only have 3 net carbs each. By using Keto-friendly cake mix like this Swerve one and chocolate with low-carb sugar substitutes, we're able to drastically reduce the amount of carbs and sugar in these treats.
Variations For Your Low Carb Cake Pops
When it comes to cake pops, there are endless ways to make them! I created this version specifically for the holiday season, but here are a few other ideas for cake pops to serve year-round.
Are you a sucker for a classic combination? Melt milk chocolate instead of white chocolate for the outer shell. You can add sprinkles, coat in chopped nuts, or leave as-is.
For Valentine's Day, try adding pink or red food coloring to the white chocolate shell. Some white sprinkles add a really nice touch. Yellow, green, or light blue are great for Easter or spring time as well.
Love a good Halloween treat? Add orange food coloring to your cake batter and black food coloring to the melted chocolate shell, or vice versa.
There are so many different combinations you can try. Go ahead and get creative — after all, whoever said you aren't supposed to play with your food clearly didn't know about cake pops!
How To Make Keto Cake Pops
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the Swerve cake mix according to the package instructions, then pour into an 8 inch cake pan.
Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes, remove from the oven, and allow it to cool completely.
Meanwhile, beat together the vanilla, heavy whipping cream, butter, and Swerve confectioners in a mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
Crumble the cake into a mixing bowl. Add the frosting mixture and stir to combine.
Form the cake mixture into 24 evenly-sized balls. Stick a cake pop stick or half of a paper straw into the center of each cake pop ball.
Let the cake pops chill on a tray for 30 minutes.
Add the white chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave until smooth. Transfer a small amount into two separate bowls and set them aside.
Dip each cake pop into the white chocolate, sprinkle with keto sprinkles, and place back onto the baking sheet to set.
Add red food coloring to one of the reserved bowls of melted white chocolate chips, then green to the other. Stir to combine.
Use the tines of a fork to drizzle the red and green melted chocolate over the cake pops. Allow them to set completely before serving.
Other Dessert Options From The Keto Option That You Might Like
- 1 box Swerve vanilla cake mix prepared to package instructions
- 8 tablespoon butter, unsalted and softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup low carb powdered sugar substitute
- 2 cups sugar free white chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Safe red and green food coloring (optional)
- Keto holiday sprinkles
- Cake pop sticks or paper straws cut in half
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the Swerve cake mix according to the package instructions, then pour into an 8 inch cake pan.
- Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes, remove from the oven, and allow it to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, beat together the vanilla, heavy whipping cream, butter, and Swerve confectioners in a mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
- Crumble the cake into a mixing bowl. Add the frosting mixture and stir to combine.
- Form the cake mixture into 24 evenly-sized balls. Stick a cake pop stick or half of a paper straw into the center of each cake pop ball.
- Let the cake pops chill on a tray for 30 minutes.
- Add the white chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave until smooth. Transfer a small amount into two separate bowls and set them aside.
- Dip each cake pop into the white chocolate, sprinkle with keto sprinkles, and place back onto the baking sheet to set.
- Add red food coloring to one of the reserved bowls of melted white chocolate chips, then green to the other. Stir to combine.
- Use the tines of a fork to drizzle the red and green melted chocolate over the cake pops. Allow them to set completely before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 8gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 5gSugar: .5gProtein: 2.5g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!
Trina Krug is a Holistic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach and host of the Carbless Conversations Podcast. With a Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, her single mission in life is to facilitate self-healing in herself and those around her through awareness, lifestyle shifts and low-carb eating. As a current Doctor of Science student, she continues her studies in functional nutrition.