Subtle cocoa, indulgent cream cheese, and a rich streusel topping come together for this dreamy, totally guilt-free treat! These decadent Keto red velvet cupcakes are the perfect single-serve sweet pastry when you have an occasion to celebrate… or just want to treat yourself!
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Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes
Who doesn’t love red velvet?
Whether in the form of cake, cupcakes, cookies, or even donuts, there’s just something special about this dessert. The rich red hue, the hint of cocoa, the indulgent cream cheese… what could be more dreamy?!
You may have already seen my Keto Red Velvet Cake recipe, which is absolutely delicious. But if you follow my blog, you know I’m all about the single-serve desserts. So of course, I had to turn this decadent dessert into a pre-portioned Keto treat!
But now, the real question… are these cupcakes, or are they muffins?
I think I’m leaning cupcakes… but if I call them Keto red velvet muffins, then I can eat them for breakfast! That’s how that works, right?
Here’s my dilemma: they have that dense, satisfying texture of a muffin, but the sweetness of a cupcake. And where the cream cheese topping seems like the traditional frosting on top of a cupcake, the streusel layer is more like something you’d find on a muffin.
So in the end, I suppose you’ll just have to whip up a batch of these amazing little desserts (or breakfast bites, if you decide they’re muffins) and decide for yourself!
What Is Streusel?
Streusel is a pastry topping that is traditionally made from fat, flour, and sugar. It adds a wonderfully sweet and crumbly element to sweet baked goods.
Of course, neither flour nor sugar are suitable for someone that is eating Keto or avoiding sugar.
Thankfully, after some experimenting, I found the perfect substitutions to create a Keto-friendly streusel! It’s absolutely delicious on these Keto red velvet cupcakes
Let That Sink In
With most baked goods, you don’t want them to collapse after baking.
But with these Keto red velvet cupcakes, it’s actually a good thing! When you remove them from the oven and allow them to cool, the tops will likely collapse a bit, forming a little valley.
You know what that valley is perfect for?
Holding streusel and cream cheese frosting!
So the more your pastries collapse, the more room you’ll have for all the delicious toppings. YUM!
Do I Need To Use Food Coloring For Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes?
Short answer: absolutely not. Food coloring is completely optional.
All red velvet cakes use red food coloring (or an ingredient like beet root powder) to achieve that famous red color. It does not happen naturally, even in non-Keto recipes.
Without the food coloring, the cake’s color will be a light brown. But food coloring does not have any effect on flavor, so the taste will be the same!
If you do choose to use the red food coloring, be aware that the batter may look more dark pink than red before you bake it. Don’t worry! It will darken and become a rich red as it bakes in the oven.
Red Velvet Cupcakes and the Holidays
And if you DO decide to use the red food coloring, aren't these keto cupcakes the perfect color for the Holidays and even Valentine's Day?
I think so!
How To Make Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
First, we’ll start with the streusel topping.
In a medium bowl, add the almond flour, oat fiber, sweetener, salt, and butter. Using knives or forks to cut (or just using your hands), combine the ingredients well.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly on top.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring and mixing it up every 3-4 minutes. When you take the streusel out of the oven, it will still be a bit soft.
Carefully lift or slide the parchment paper (with the streusel still on it) off the baking sheet and set it on the counter. This will allow the streusel to cool and harden a bit. Set aside.
Next, we’ll create the batter.
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, sweetener, oat fiber, cocoa, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Mix well.
In a separate medium bowl, beat the egg until light yellow. Add the heavy whipping cream, olive oil, and optional red coloring. If you use the food coloring, note that it’s completely ok if the batter looks pink at this stage.
Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and continue mixing. The batter will be a dark pink in color (if you used the coloring). It will become darker and redder as it bakes, but you can also add more coloring at this stage if you prefer.
Place muffin liners in a muffin tin, then evenly add the mixture to muffin tins, filling about 2/3 to the top.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.
Remove the pan and let the pastries cool. Most likely, the center will start to fall in. This is totally okay, as it creates an indentation for the cream cheese frosting and streusel topping. If it doesn’t collapse, that’s totally fine too.
Finally, we’ll prepare the cream cheese frosting. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and beat with hand beaters. You can warm it for a few seconds in the microwave if it seems too thick.
Now it’s time to assemble your cupcakes. First, drizzle cream cheese frosting in the middle of the cupcake.
Next, add the streusel on top of the cream cheese frosting.
Finally, drizzle the remaining cream cheese frosting over the top of each cupcake.
Other Dessert Recipes From The Keto Option That You Might Like
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup low carb sweetener
- 2 tablespoons oat fiber
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- (optional) red food coloring
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons oat fiber
- 1/2 cup powdered sweetener
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup butter, soft
Cream Cheese Topping
- 4 ounces cream cheese, soft
- 2 tablespoons butter, soft
- 1/4 cup powdered sweetener
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add almond flour, oat fiber, sweetener, salt and butter to a medium bowl.
- Cut butter in with knives or forks. You can use your hands too. Combine well.
- Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring and mixing it up every 3-4 minutes. It will be soft (ish) still when you remove from the oven.
- Slide parchment paper off the baking sheet and let rest on the counter to cool and harden slightly.
- Add muffin liners to muffin tin.
- Combine almond flour, sweetener, oat fiber, cocoa, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
- In a separate medium bowl, beat the egg until light yellow. Add heavy whipping cream, olive oil and optional red coloring.
- NOTE - it is ok if it looks dark pink, it will get redder when you combine with the darker ingredients.
- Add egg mixture to dry mixture and continue mixing. You can add more coloring if you want now, but it will get darker even when you bake it.
- Evenly add the mixture to muffin tins, filling about 2/3 to the top.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.
- Let muffins cool.
- NOTE - the center will start to fall in. Don't panic, that is what we want. And if it doesn't, no biggie either!
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and beat with hand beaters. You can warm it for a few seconds in the microwave if it is too thick.
Putting it all together
- Drizzle cream cheese frosting in the middle of the muffin and then add streusel.
- Drizzle cream cheese frosting, again, over the top of each muffin
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Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener, 2:1 Powdered Sugar Substitute, Keto, Non-GMO (1 lb)
Lakanto Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute | NON GMO (Classic White, 1 Ibs)
Kate Naturals Xanthan Gum. 100% Natural.
Organic Cocoa Powder (2 pounds) by Anthony's, Batch Tested and Verified Gluten-Free & Non-GMO
Anthony's Organic Oat Fiber, 1.5lb, Gluten Free, Non GMO, Keto Friendly, Product of USA
Bob's Redmill Super-Fine Almond Flour (3 Pound)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 389mgCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!