Have your cake and eat it too! This low carb Keto Cream Cheese Frosting is made with a no calorie sweetener, but it has a traditional cream cheese flavor.
We have had many of you asking for low carb cake and frosting recipes. Although we think dessert time needs to allow for full calories (we need a treat sometimes, ya know?), we also realize that many of you for health reasons need to follow special diets.
And we want you to know, we’ve heard you. And today is the first recipe: keto cream cheese frosting.
This frosting is full of that cream cheese flavor that you know and love. It tops red velvet cakes, spice cakes, carrot cakes and vanilla cakes. It is a classic, and we think this low carb version will be a great option on your healthy cakes!
Low Carb Sweetener for Frosting
The first question when thinking about healthy low carb desserts will be…”How is it sweet if there is no sugar?“. Thankfully we live in a day when there are no calorie options out there. Quite a few of them actually.
For the low carb sweeter, we used Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener, which is a cup-for-cup alternative to regular powdered sugar. There are other Low Carb Sweetener available (such as Confectioners Swerve) that are extremely suited to make frosting.
This is the key. Make sure the sweetener you use is an exact 1:1 sugar replacement, or else the sweetness will be off balanced. If you only have a granulated sweetener, run it in the food processor to get a powdered texture. Using plain granulated sweetener won’t work for this frosting. It will make it gritty.
How To Make Keto Cream Cheese Frosting
There are two important steps to making this recipe: Beat and Scrape. Mixing ingredients well is a must-have step when making homemade frostings. And scraping the bowl is what you have to do to make sure ingredients are well combined.
- Beat. In a large bowl combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat with an electric mixer on high for 3-4 minutes till fluffy.
- Mix. Add the powdered sweetener of choice and beat it on low setting for a minute, or until the sweetener is completely mixed in with the cream cheese-butter mixture.
- Beat again. Increase the speed to high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes or till light and fluffy.
- And again! Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and beat again for 2 minutes.
You’ll want to store this frosting in the refrigerator. So either frost the cake right away, or refrigerate the frosting until you are ready to use it.
Can I use another milk besides heavy cream?
Do not substitute regular milk for heavy cream. Milk has natural sugars in it and is not a Keto friendly ingredient. Substitute Almond Milk or full fat Coconut Milk.
How much frosting does this make?
This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of frosting. The amount of frosting was enough to fill and frost a 6 inch 2 layer cake. It will also cover a single layer 8 or 9 inch cake completely.
Can you pipe this frosting?
If you want the frosting to be of a pipeable consistency, just add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream instead. This will make the frosting more stiff.
Can you freeze this frosting?
This frosting can also be frozen for up to 6 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and beat with an electric mixer for couple of minute, till light and fluffy.
Keto Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces full fat cream cheese (softened)
- ¼ cup butter (room temperature)
- ¾ cup low carb powdered sweetener (we used Lakanto brand)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- In a large bowl combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat with an electric mixer on high for 3-4 minutes till fluffy.
- Add the powdered sweetener of choice and beat it on low setting for a minute, or until the sweetener is completely mixed in with the cream cheese-butter mixture.
- Increase the speed to high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes or till light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and beat again for 2 minutes.
- Use immediate to frost your favorite Keto cakes or refrigerate for later.
- This frosting can also be frozen for up to 6 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and beat with an electric mixer for couple of minute, till light and fluffy.