Have you been looking for a sugar free keto cream cheese frosting that's easy to make and adaptable enough for almost any flavour? Well this is your lucky day, you have found it.
This delicious keto cream cheese frosting is made with only 3 ingredients. But, if you are in the mood to dress it up a bit, I'll show you six different variations. This one is a keeper!
Keto Cream Cheese Frosting
Navigating eating a keto diet is fairly simple when it comes to savoury foods. But, sometimes you just want a bit of dessert without going off the rails! Thankfully it's entirely possible to stay in ketosis and enjoy treats from time to time. Simply put - you can have your cake and eat it too with this keto cream cheese frosting!
I first started low-carb baking without any frosting/icing, then as time went on I wanted a little something special to top off cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.
Keto Frosting: 6 Delicious Flavours
One of the most requested variations I have received on this recipe is how to turn it into a chocolate keto frosting. Thankfully I've cracked the code!
How to Make Chocolate Keto Frosting
The best way I've found to turn this frosting into chocolate frosting is to add unsweetened cocoa powder. However, this will make the frosting more firm, so to balance it out I also add 1-2 teaspons of double cream. It's delicious!
Alternatively, you can turn this into a lovely ganache by simply adding melted (sugar free) chocolate.
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Other Variations to Try
This incredibly simple sugar free cream cheese frosting is so versatile. So far I have made the following flavours with great success. Let me know what flavour you would use.
- Vanilla - add 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Brandy - add 1 - 2 teaspoons of brandy depending on how boozy you like it. This is a superb version for Christmas time and Christmas cake.
- Cinnamon - add 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- Lemon - add 1 tsp lemon zest
- Orange - add 1 tsp orange zest
- Peppermint - add ½ teaspoon peppermint essence
As you can see, the sky really is the limit with this frosting!
How to Use This Keto Cream Cheese Frosting
Now that you know how to make this yummy sugar free frosting, let's talk about the important part ... how to use it!
Of course, you could always dip your spoon in and have a taste, but I'm going to give you a few more refined options to keep in your back pocket.
Of course, I have an entire section of the website dedicated to easy and family-friendly low carb and keto desserts! But these recipes here are my favourite. They are easy and family-friendly too.
FAQs About Sugar Free Frosting
I've received so many questions about this healthy frosting recipe since I first published this post years ago! Here are some of the most popular. If you have more, please leave them in the comments below.
What kind of cream cheeese should I use?
Throughout my entire website, this recipe included, I recommend only to use full-fat cream cheese. Not only will this keep you full longer, but the spreadable and light versions often have higher carbs or other additives.
What kind of butter should I use?
I generally recommend using unsalted, high-quality butter for sweet recipes. You can always add a pinch of salt to taste! Salt really does enhance the sweet frosting flavours.
If you have salted butter, that will still work well, just taste before frosting (icing) your cakes as the frosting may require some additional sweetener.
Help! My Frosting is Too Salty (or Sweet)!
If your keto frosting comes out too salty, the culprit is probably one of the two things above - using overly salted butter PLUS adding a pinch of salt.
Or, you may have used a spreadable or light cream cheese, which can often have a higher amount of salt. Keep it simple and reach for real, full-fat cream cheese...just make sure it's the plain version, not flavoured!
In terms of sweetness, "too sweet" is subjective. What tastes sweet to me is vastly different as someone who has eaten keto and low/no sugar for years and years versus someone who is used to eating sweets daily. That's why I recommend adding sweetner to taste. A little goes a long way here, so be light-handed!
TOP TIP: As with ALL recipes here, ALWAYS taste your frosting BEFORE frosting (icing) your cake to ensure you have added enough sweetener to suit YOUR tastebuds. Read the Ultimate Guide To Low-Carb Sweeteners.
If this is day 1 of sugar-free living for you, you may require twice the amount of sweetener as someone who has been living sugar-free for years. So don't be afraid to add more sweetener. The longer you live sugar-free, the less sweetener in time you will require.
Sugar Free Cream Cheese Frosting
- Gently mix the softened butter, cream cheese, sweetener and flavourings until smooth and creamy.
- If you wish to add additional pwders such as cocoa powder, you may need to add an additional teaspoon or tablsepoon of double cream until you create the perfect frosting consistancy.
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