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20 Keto Cupcakes for Those Cravings

ketogenic cupcakes

I’m a big fan of cupcakes. They’re the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Plus they’re so nice and dainty and they’re also great for portion control. And with the holiday season around the corner, portion control is key to survive the post-holiday bulge.

However, if you’re on a ketogenic diet, cupcakes can be a big no-no. This is because they’re high in net carbs.

That’s why it’s so important to have keto versions of your favorite cupcakes. With these keto versions, you can join in the holiday festivities without blowing your diet.

We’re also including the macros that you can keep track of your carbs, fats, and proteins.

Watch: 4 Easy Keto Cupcakes

1. Sour Cream Vanilla Keto Cupcakes

Sour Cream Vanilla Keto Cupcakes


I’m a fan of basic yellow cupcakes. You can’t go wrong with them.

Once you have the right recipe, you can adapt it as you wish. You can add chocolate, berries, or even icing if you want.

These sour cream vanilla cupcakes are delicious and moist. They also contain only 2 grams of net carbs per serving and a good amount of fat.

To make these cupcakes low carb, we’re using almond flour and coconut flour. These flours also contain more fat than your regular flour, making them perfect if you’re on a ketogenic diet.

And to make the cupcakes moist, we’re using butter and sour cream.

Once you’re done making these cupcakes, you can simply eat these plain. Or if you prefer, you can top them with berries or low carb frosting.

Here is the almond flour I usually stock up on. This unrefined coconut flour is great too.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 128
  • Fats: 11g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 4g

2. Keto Cupcakes Recipe

Keto Cupcakes Recipe


You can’t go wrong with anything chocolate. And these chocolate cupcakes don’t disappoint.

They’re moist and are sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings. They’re also pretty low in calories, perfect if you’re counting your calories.

To make these cupcakes chocolatey, we’re using unsweetened cocoa powder. I love unsweetened cocoa powder because it’s rich in flavanols, antioxidants that fight cancer.

Now, unsweetened cocoa powder is very bitter- and we definitely don’t want bitter cupcakes. So, to add sweetness to the cupcakes, we’re adding erythritol, a low carb sweetener.

I highly recommend getting it here. Erythritol is the healthiest sweetener out there since it doesn’t damage the gut lining.

And for extra sweetness, feel free to add stevia extract as well. Loving the cupcakes? You might also like these keto cake recipes!

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 66
  • Fats: 5g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 1g

3. Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes

Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes


Red is the universal color of love. And nothing says “I love you” more than red velvet cupcakes.

These red velvet cupcakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day or just as a festive keto dessert. They would also work perfectly at a wedding reception.

They’re nice and moist, and the cream cheese icing is amazing as well. But the best part is the carb content.

Unlike your standard red velvet cupcake which is loaded with carbs, these only net you 2.2 grams of net carbs. And, they have a whopping 23.7 grams of fat, which is sure to keep you satiated.

Now, you’ll need some red food coloring like this, so be sure to pick some up.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 263
  • Fats: 23.7g
  • Net Carbs: 2.2g
  • Protein: 7.3g

4. Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes


There are chocolate cupcakes and there are extra chocolatey cupcakes. These cupcakes are extra chocolatey cupcakes.

They’re melt-in-your-mouth moist morsels of goodness, with a nice chocolate buttercream frosting on top.

Besides being low in net carbs, these cupcakes also have a whopping 17 grams of fat. This makes them the ideal fat bomb for those days when you need to up your fat intake.

For moistness, we’re using butter and heavy cream. We’re also using some budget-friendly xylitol like this, not only for sweetness but to provide extra moisture.

Xylitol can be poisonous to pets, so if you want to stay extra safe, I’d recommend using erythritol instead. You can get it here.

We’re also using psyllium husk powder to bind everything together. And psyllium husks are good for you- and you know how I love healthy ingredients in recipes!

For instance, two tablespoons of psyllium husk powder provide a whopping 28% of your daily fiber needs and 10% of your iron needs. You can get some of it here.

So, go ahead and munch on these cupcakes. They’re not only delicious but healthier for you too.

If you love a good low carb dessert, I highly recommend checking out these keto cookie recipes.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 187
  • Fats: 17g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 5g

5. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes


Now that the fall season is upon us, I long for some nice pumpkin treats. After all, what says fall better than pumpkin treats?

These pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes are ultra moist, and they’re truly filled with pumpkin, and spice and everything nice.

To make the cupcakes extra spicy, we’re using cinnamon, ginger, and the cloves-the perfect combination of fall aromatics. And for extra flavor, we’re using vanilla extract.

Besides having only 2.3 grams of net carbs per serving, they also have a whopping 21.5 grams of fat. And we all know how fat is important to stay in ketosis! Here is more info on how to stay in ketosis with these keto hacks.

So, go ahead and grab one of these cupcakes and sit by the fire, with a cup of tea. You’ll be sure glad you made these cupcakes, and your loved ones too.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 225
  • Fats: 21.5g
  • Net Carbs: 2.3g
  • Protein: 6.9g

6. Keto Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting

Keto Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting


Now, I love chocolate cupcakes, as I’m sure many of you do. But, a gal (or guy) can’t live on chocolate alone.

That’s where having these vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting comes in handy.

These vanilla cupcakes are nice and moist and taste amazing even without the frosting. But the buttercream frosting is extra creamy and is a nice complement to the cupcake.

Besides being tasty, these cupcakes also make the perfect fat bomb as they contain 18 grams of fat per serving.

Now, this recipe does call for apple cider vinegar. Don’t be afraid to use it; it not only enhances the flavors but also helps your cupcakes rise well!

Also, you’ll need this stevia blend by Pure.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 201
  • Fats: 18g
  • Net Carbs: 6g
  • Protein: 6g

7. Keto Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting

Keto Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting


Are you almost at your daily net carb limit, but have a hankering for a sweet keto snack? Then, these cupcakes are for you.

These cupcakes have only 1 gram of net carbs per serving and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. And, they contain a whopping 20 grams of fat, great for keeping you on track with macros.

These cupcakes are light and moist with a creamy buttercream frosting. And as much I love cupcakes, it’s all about the frosting for me.

To make the buttercream frosting, simply mix some butter, vanilla, and some sweetener until you get a nice, creamy, consistency. Mmm…mmm…good!

Now, to keep these cupcakes from sticking to your cupcake liners, make sure you pre-grease your cupcake liners with non-stick spray.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 254
  • Fats: 20g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 4g

8. Supreme Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Supreme Homemade Hostess Cupcakes


Now, I love being the perfect hostess at my dinner parties. I love making sure everyone is feeling nice and cozy.

But, we all know that great food makes a great hostess. And there’s nothing better to end dinner, than a scrumptious chocolate cupcake … filled with vanilla buttercream.

Not only are these cupcakes filled with vanilla buttercream, but they’re also dipped in chocolate glaze.

These cupcakes are nice and moist, and oh so delicious. You might not want to wait until you have a dinner party to make them.

Best of all, they only contain 3.5 grams of net carbs and a staggering 27 grams of fat, so they’re super-satiating and won’t cause spikes in your blood sugar.

You’ll need to grind some golden flaxseed meal, or for added convenience, you can buy some pre-ground golden flaxseed meal like this. The flaxseed meal helps bind the ingredients and is also a great source of fiber and brain-boosting omega-3s.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 285
  • Fats: 27g
  • Net Carbs: 3.5g
  • Protein: 5g

9. Churro Cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes


If you’re yearning for a taste of Spain, you’ve got to try these churro cupcakes. Churros are deep-fried pieces of pastry dough.

They’re high in fat- great for a keto diet, but also high in carbs. In fact, almost 50% of the calories from a churro come from carbs.

With these churro cupcakes, you get the taste of a churro without all the carbs. They’re also high in fat, so they make a nice change to your usual fat bombs.

These churro cupcakes are packed with flavor. And, as an added bonus, they’re topped with a cinnamon cream cheese topping and a chocolate topping.

Now, you’ll need this zero carb protein powder that’s vanilla flavored for these churro cupcakes. They not only enhance the vanilla extract but also help the cupcakes rise.

Now, for the recipe, you’ll need both powdered sweeteners like Lakanto Monkfruit with Erythritol. For granular sweetener use either Erythritol or Swerve.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 291
  • Fats: 27g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 7g

10. Carrot Cupcakes

 Carrot Cupcakes


Now, carrot cupcakes are by far, one of my favorite cupcakes. On a keto diet, carrot cupcakes are a big no-no as they tend to be quite high in carbs.

For instance, one carrot cupcake can easily provide 33 grams of net carbs. However, our carrot cupcake provides only 3 grams of net carbs.

These cupcakes taste like the real deal and are packed with spices. To ramp up the flavor, you’ll need a vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and ground ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Don’t forget about the pecans. Pecans are tasty and extremely nutritious.

Besides being high in heart-healthy fats, they’re also high in manganese, which is good for your bones.

But the icing on the cake is truly the cream cheese frosting. To make it, simply whip up some butter, cream cheese, kosher salt, vanilla extract, and sweetener.

These cupcakes can do for a nice sweet ketogenic breakfast recipe.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 181
  • Fats: 15g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 4 g

11. Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes


With the holiday season upon us, now is the time to start thinking of holiday baking. And what says holidays more than gingerbread cookies … or rather gingerbread cupcakes?

Yes, you heard that right- gingerbread cupcakes!

These cupcakes are spongy and spicy. And the frosting is divine.

These cupcakes will remind you of gingerbread cookies but in cupcake form. Best of all, these cupcakes contain only 3 grams of net carbs per serving.

To make these cupcakes spicy, we’re using aromatic spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. We’re even adding a pinch of black pepper!

So, if you’re looking to spice up your holiday table, be sure to give these cupcakes a try. They’re sure to be a hit.

These cupcakes surely bring in Christmas vibes, so check out more of the ketogenic Christmas recipes on this blog!

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 173
  • Fats: 14g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 4g

12. Easy Keto Cupcakes

Easy Keto Cupcakes


As much as I love eating cupcakes, baking them can be a pain. So, I was super happy when I found this recipe.

Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s also super low in carbs. It contains only 1 gram of net carbs, plus it has a decent amount of fat and protein.

They’re also perfect if you want a mild cupcake. They’re nice and light, and the almond meal gives these cupcakes a mild, nutty flavor.

These cupcakes take only 15 minutes to make from start to finish. And the ingredients go in one bowl, so you clean up is easy-peasy.

What’s more, you only need 5 ingredients for these cupcakes: eggs, butter, SoNourished Erythritol powdered sweetener, baking powder, and some good quality almond meal like this.

Now, who said baking cupcakes can be a pain?

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 120
  • Fats: 11g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 6g

13. Coconut Cupcakes With Coconut Frosting

Coconut Cupcakes With Coconut Frosting


I love baking with coconuts. They’re nutty and delicious, and best of all good for you.

For instance, one ounce of shredded coconuts contains 18% of your daily fiber needs and a whopping 38% of your daily manganese needs.

These coconut cupcakes are moist and packed with coconut flavor. And the coconut cream is extra creamy thanks to the mascarpone cheese and cream cheese that we’re using.

To give the cupcakes intense coconut flavor, we’re using coconut extract and coconut cream. We’re also using shredded coconut and unsweetened coconut milk.

Here is another dessert made out of shredded coconut that’s low carb.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 236
  • Fats: 20g
  • Net Carbs: 6g
  • Protein: 7g

14. Low Carb Apple Cupcakes

Low Carb Apple Cupcakes


I like my apples nice and tart, so my favorite apples are naturally Granny Smith apples.

However, if you’re on a ketogenic diet, these (and any other apple) are a definite no-no.

This is because they’re loaded with carbs. One medium apple contains more than 20 grams of net carbs-enough to blow your keto diet out of the water.

With these cupcakes, you can satisfy your apple cravings without blowing your daily carb limits. This is because one cupcake contains only 3 grams of net carbs.

These cupcakes are a nice blend of sweet and tart, and the caramel frosting is nice and creamy.

To give the cupcakes the apple flavor, we’re using a bit of Granny Smith apple (not a ton!) along with some apple flavoring oil like this. We’re also using ground cinnamon to complement the apple flavor.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 279
  • Fats: 26g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 7g

15. Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting

Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting


Nothing screams of holidays more than a glass of champagne. And the good thing about champagne is that it tends to be lower in carbs than other alcoholic beverages.

But, why stop there? Why not have some champagne-infused cupcakes?

These cupcakes contain only 3 grams of net carbs and are super-low in calories.

They’re also the perfect meld of chocolate and raspberries. They’re nice and chocolatey and ooze with raspberries in the middle.

To make the raspberry filling, we’re mixing together frozen raspberries, sweetener, and champagne. Then, we’re thickening it with glucomannan like this.

Now, if you don’t drink alcohol, that’s not a problem. Simply replace the champagne with some raspberry seltzer.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 108
  • Fats: 9g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 3g

16. Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting


I love chocolate cupcakes as I’m sure many of you do. But let’s face it, they can get boring after a while.

So, if you’re looking to change things up a bit, this is the recipe to try. These cupcakes look and taste amazing.

Best of all, they contain only 3.3 grams of net carbs and 27.9 grams of fat, so they make the perfect fat bomb.

What makes these chocolate cupcakes different is the chocolate hazelnut frosting.

To add the hazelnut flavor, we’re using Lakanto Suntella, which is a keto-friendly version of Nutella. We’re also using some keto-friendly hazelnut creamer.

To add more hazelnut flavor, feel free to garnish your cupcakes with some chopped hazelnuts.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 301
  • Fats: 27.9g
  • Net Carbs: 3.3g
  • Protein: 4.8g

17. Zucchini Spice Cake Cupcakes

Zucchini Spice Cake Cupcakes


If you’re yearning for carrot cupcakes, but don’t want to use carrots in your batter, then this recipe is for you.

These cupcakes are delicious, moist and spicy, and best of all contains only 3.5 grams of net carbs.

The key to keeping them so low carb is that we’re using zucchini, which is a low carb vegetable, instead of carrots. Surprisingly, when you use zucchinis in place of carrots, you get a cupcake that’s similar to carrot cupcakes.

Besides being low in carbs, zucchinis are good for you. They’re excellent sources of vitamins C and Vitamin B6, and also contain a number of other vitamins and minerals.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 244
  • Fats: 23.1g
  • Net Carbs: 3.5g
  • Protein: 4.9g

18. Pecan Pie Muffins

Pecan Pie Muffins


Pecan pie muffins … you had me at pecans. If you love pecans as I do, then this recipe is for you.

These muffins are yummy, light, and oh so good for you. One muffin contains only 2.9 grams of net carbs and a whopping 26.1 grams of fat.

To make these muffins extra flavorful, we’re combining pecans with Lakanto low carb maple syrup. Maple syrup goes with pecans like peanut butter goes with jelly.

They’re also super easy to make. All you need to do is combine your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients and bake them in muffin cups.

To make these muffins more “cupcake like”, feel free to add your favorite low carb frosting.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 282
  • Fats: 26.1g
  • Net Carbs: 2.9g
  • Protein: 7.6g

19. Nutella Frosting on Chocolate Low Carb Cupcakes

Nutella Frosting on Chocolate Low Carb Cupcakes


Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. You can’t go wrong with chocolate right?

These chocolate cupcakes are sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings. Best of all, they only contain 4 grams of net carbs, and 22.8 grams of fat, which is sure to keep you feeling full.

These cupcakes are delicious and moist and are topped with creamy, chocolatey, nutty frosting.

To give the frosting a nice chocolatey, nutty taste we’re using a no-sugar-added hazelnut and chocolate spread like this. I call it Keto Nutella, and what’s not to love about Nutella?

And to keep these cupcakes low carb, we’re using coconut flour. However, since coconut flour can lead to dry cupcakes, we’re also adding grated zucchini to make the cupcakes moist.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 235
  • Fats: 22.8g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 3.7g

20. Cupcakes with Roasted Strawberries and Creamy Vanilla

Cupcakes with Roasted Strawberries and Creamy Vanilla


I love Valentine’s Day. It’s time to celebrate love.

And what better way to celebrate love than strawberries and whipped cream- but in cupcake form? These cupcakes are simply delicious and are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Now, they’re higher in calories, so you may want to split one. However, sharing is caring, and what better way to say “I love you” than sharing your cupcake?

To add a nice strawberry taste, we’re using roasted strawberries. By roasting the strawberries, we’re helping intensify the flavor.

And for the frosting, we’re keeping it really simple and classic. We’re whipping together some cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered erythritol.

Per Cupcake:

  • Calories: 356
  • Fats: 34.1g
  • Net Carbs: 5.4g
  • Protein: 7.4g


Liked any of these cupcakes? Share them with your friends and leave a comment below on which one is your favorite!

Diane taber

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Hi I’m just really trying to lose weight. And just finding it so hard to do. As all is you tend to eat when you’re on a diet. Is lettuce leaves and rabbit food. And then you end up getting board with it. And end up giving up. As you only way more than when you started. And it’s just no way to live.