Low Carb Red Velvet Cakes
Red velvet cupcakes are a classic valentine’s day dessert. That bright red color, perfectly white frosting, and heart-shaped sprinkle can be seen in bake shops and grocery stores all over. The moment February starts, the red velvet comes out! So, we decided to jump on the red velvet cupcake bandwagon and make a delicious keto version. Of course, it had to be delicious, beautiful, and perfect for a holiday that revolves around love. We do love keto after all!
Let’s talk a little bit about what red velvet is before we get into our keto red velvet recipe. Red velvet actually goes back hundreds of years. Long ago, a cake was more like a dense, sweet bread that we know today. Think of banana bread as an example. People would put nuts and dried fruit in the “cake” and they would often have a crumbly, dry texture. If someone said they were making a “velvet” cake, that meant it would have a smooth, softer texture, more like the cake we know today. Velvet cakes were a luxury and typically reserved for fancy parties.
Red velvet cake specifically has a few different stories behind it. Some records claim that the signature red color came from a chemical reaction. The cocoa powder and the acid (the buttermilk and vinegar) in the cake would mix and create a reddish hue. Other accounts claim that the red color was from beet juice that was used to make cakes during world war II when sugar was scarce. You can still find red velvet recipes today that use beet juice. Apparently, people loved the color and the flavor of these red cakes and they became popular.
Whatever the real story is, red velvet is definitely here to stay. These days, the red color usually comes from food coloring that is added to the cake. However, when made correctly, red velvet is still smooth, sweet, and completely velvety. We wanted to keep this taste and texture when making our keto version- we have to stick to tradition!
Our low carb red velvet cake uses unsweetened cocoa powder to give the cake its traditional chocolate flavor. We opted for apple cider vinegar for the tart, acidic flavor that all red velvet cakes have. Instead of sugar, we used So Nourished granular erythritol. It tastes almost identical to sugar and is nice and grainy, helping to fluffy the butter in the first step of the recipe. We used almond milk in our keto red velvet recipe but you can definitely use buttermilk. Buttermilk is found in most red velvet recipes and you can simply replace our almond milk with the same quantity of buttermilk. We just like a more mild, less tangy cake so we went with simpler milk.
We stuck to the traditional cream cheese frosting to top our keto red velvet cupcakes. Cream cheese, butter, and powdered erythritol make the perfect topping for the cupcakes. If you can find some red sugar free sprinkles, they make a great finishing touch! If you find heart-shaped sugar-free sprinkles, you have definitely won the decorating lotto. Keto Valentine’s cupcakes have never been so tasty!
Go ahead and give this recipe a try and then let us know what you think. It is a wonderful dessert to help you celebrate Valentine's Day this year. These pretty cupcakes also make a great gift- I know I’d be pretty excited to get one on the 14th…or really any day! Happy baking.
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