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Keto Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is the best keto red velvet cake recipe with a smooth crumb and delicious vanilla, cocoa, and buttermilk flavor. This red velvet cake won’t disappoint, I guarantee!

Keto Red Velvet Cake

What’s a keto red velvet cake?

A red velvet cake is way more than a vanilla cake with red color. It is a moist, vanilla cocoa cake with a subtle flavor of buttermilk.

This keto red velvet recipe has all of these without the carbs or sugar. It uses almond milk and apple cider vinegar to mimic classic buttermilk. The secret for a moist low-carb cake crumb is to use ultra-thin almond flour, not almond meal.

Keto red velvet cake ingredients

This very easy red velvet cake recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients. But before you start baking this amazing keto cake, there are a few simple things you need to know to make sure you get the most delicious cake.

The BEST Keto Red Velvet Cake

Preparing ingredients at room temperature

This is a standard for any keto baking recipe. In fact, if you don’t use ingredients at room temperature, your batter can end up ultra-thick or lumpy.

So what does it means to bring ingredients to room temperature, you would ask? Well, it means taking all the ingredients out of the fridge at least 3 hours before you start baking.

  • Eggs – if you want to bring eggs to room temperature quickly, you can immerse them in a hot water bath for 20 minutes. Of course, don’t use boiling water, or you would cook the eggs! Otherwise, the best method is to place the eggs out of the fridge the day before baking the cake or at least 3 hours before baking.
  • Butter and cream cheese – to soften butter or cream cheese quickly, I recommend measuring the amount called by the recipe. Then, cut the block of butter or cream cheese into small cubes. Finally, store the cubes of butter or cream cheese into a bowl on the kitchen countertop for at least 3 hours or overnight. You know your butter is ready when it is ultra-soft. If you squeeze it with your fingers, it melts easily.
  • Other ingredients – if you usually store flour or erythritol in the fridge, take it out the day before or 3 hours before baking.

Red Velvet Cake with Almond FlourChoice of ingredients

  • Ultra-fine almond flour – the almond meal is coarse and would not be a good fit for this cake. It would dry the cake crumb, making it dense and not moist at all.
  • Erythritol – or allulose or a blend of Monk fruit erythritol. Note that erythritol decreases the ingredients’ temperature. Read more about it in my keto sweetener article. Therefore, if you bake this cake in winter, make sure your house is between 20C-22C, or erythritol can solidify butter, forming lumps.
  • Liquid natural red food coloring – if you want to use food coloring powder instead of liquid coloring, add 1 1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened almond milk to compensate.
  • Large eggs – as mentioned above, they must be at room temperature and large. In fact, using small eggs results in a dry cake crumb.
  •  Butter  – soft, at room temperature. Read my paragraph above for more details about how to bring butter to room temperature quickly.
  • Light olive oil – or any nut or seed oil like avocado oil, almond oil, grape seed oil. I don’t recommend using coconut oil in this recipe simply because it firms up when in contact with unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder – this is a keto gluten-free cake, so it won’t rise much. In fact, gluten protein is what reacts with baking powder and raises cakes a lot. Here, the baking powder will react with apple cider vinegar to add a lighter texture to the cake layer. Don’t expect a high-raising layer as in a regular red velvet cake, though.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk.
  • Apple cider vinegar – the specificity of red velvet cakes is the buttermilk flavor. Since this is a keto cake recipe, we don’t use dairy, buttermilk contains sugar from lactose, so it is better to avoid it on a keto diet. As a replacement, we use apple cider vinegar and unsweetened almond milk. It adds a similar buttermilk flavor to the cake without the carbs.

Moist KETO Red Velvet Cake

How to make the cake batter?

It is an easy 4-step keto cake recipe. Let me guide you through each step, including any cake troubleshooting tips to help you achieve the tastiest red velvet cake.

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Step 1: beat butter and sweetener

First, you have to beat the soft butter and sweetener with an electric beater or stand mixer using the whisk attachment. That’s very easy to do, but if your butter is hard, half-soft, or cold, you can get into trouble.

Plus, if your sweetener is crystal erythritol, it can result in serious butter lumps. In fact, erythritol is known for its endothermic reaction, which means it decreases the temperature of ingredients coming in contact with it.

So, if you also use butter that is not soft enough or too cold, this problem will be exacerbated. To troubleshoot this, bring the bowl into a bain-marie, read my recipe card note to learn more about removing butter lump.

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Step 2- add eggs

Next, you must add eggs one by one into the beaten butter. As above, if eggs are not cold, you won’t have a problem achieving a lump-free batter. Also, always add eggs quickly every 15 seconds to decrease the beating time that could lead to lumps too.

Step 3: oil and cocoa powder

In another bowl, you will combine oil, red food coloring, and unsweetened cocoa powder. While you could add this directly into the previous batter, I recommend stirring these 3 ingredients together first.

In fact, this will ensure that the cocoa powder dissolves well and avoid bitter lumps of unsweetened cocoa powder.

The only trick here is to use an oil that is liquid at room temperature, so coconut oil is not a good choice. The best keto oils to use in this keto cake recipe are light olive oil, avocado oil, or almond oil.

Step 4: combine all ingredients 

Finally, bring all the ingredients together using the electric beater on low speed or a stand mixer. You know the batter is ready when it is read/pinkish in color, smooth and liquid. It shouldn’t be thick. This would mean you are missing some liquid.

Baking the best keto cake

This keto red velvet cake is a two-layer cake. Therefore, you will bake each cake layer into separate 9-inch round non-stick pans.

Grease the pan

It is crucial to double grease the pan to prevent the batter from sticking to the pan.

First, spray oil all over the cake pan.

Then, lay a circle piece of parchment paper at the bottom of each pan. Finally, respray some oil.

Fill the pan

To create 2 layers of the same thickness, you should add the same amount of cake batter to each cake pan. For this keto cake recipe, it means adding about 2 cups of cake batter to each pan.

keto red velvet cake batter

Baking time 

There are two ways to bake your keto red velvet cake, regular more or convection mode. Whatever mode you choose, don’t change the temperature for this keto cake recipe. Simply note that convection mode bakes 5-8 minutes faster.

First, set the oven to 160 C (325F) and place the cake pans in the center rack of the oven. Then, bake for 25-30 minutes, checking the baking time after 20 minutes with a skewer.

Finally, remove the cake from the oven when the skewer comes out dry or with just a few crumbs on it. It means the cake is cooked through.


To prevent the cake from sticking to the pan, it is better to unmold the cake shortly after taking it out of the oven. 5 minutes is the ideal time. You may have to run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake if it sticks slightly.

The Best Easy Keto Red Velvet Cake

How to decorate a low-carb red velvet cake?

Like most red velvet cakes, this keto cake uses a cream cheese frosting. However, this is a sugar-free cream cheese frosting using powdered erythritol, butter, and vanilla extract. As a result, it is an almost zero-carb frosting, and any leftover can be used as a sweet keto snack!

Sugar-free cream cheese icing

A cake turntable is very convenient to decorate layer cakes. I love to use this for my keto chocolate cake or keto vanilla cake recipes too. First, place the first layer of cake on the turning table.

Next, add 1/3 of the frosting to the center of the cake. Then, turn the table with one hand and hold a spreading tool with the other hand to press/spread the frosting as you turn.

Finally, add the last cake layer and repeat the frosting spreading process until fully covered with icing.

Cake crumb

I love to decorate the sides of this low-carb red velvet cake with cake crumbs.  Usually, red velvet cake layers raise a lot in the middle. So the layers are leveled up with a knife, and the leftover cake crumb is used as a decoration.

However, keto cake layers don’t raise much, and you don’t have any leftover cake crumbs.

My secret is to set aside 1/4 cup of cake batter and bake it for 10 minutes on a tray covered with greased parchment paper. It results in a thin layer of red velvet batter that you can crumble in pieces and use as cake decoration.

Easy Keto Red Velvet Cake


This recipe serves a double-layer keto cake with 12 slices. Therefore, you won’t be able to eat the whole cake quickly, except if it is a celebration cake to share. The good news, you can freeze the leftover of keto cake slices in airtight containers. Or, simply store the cake in a cake box in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Low Carb Red Velvet Cake

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XOXO Carine

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Keto Red Velvet Cake

Keto Red Velvet Cake
4gNet Carbs
4.76 from 458 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Net Carbs 4g
Fat 36.5g
Protein 8.2g
Calories 373.5kcal
Author: Carine Claudepierre
12 slices
The classic red velvet cake with a moist crumb and vanilla cocoa flavor, 100% sugar-free, low-carb, and gluten-free.

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  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter not cold, at room temperature for at least 3 hours or overnight, 4oz.
  • ½ cup Erythritol
  • 4 large Eggs not cold, at room temperature, not cold, at room temperature for at least 3 hours or overnight
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil or light olive oil or any seed/nut based oil but not coconut oil!
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Natural Liquid Red food coloring
  • 1 ¾ cup Almond Flour
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder

Cream cheese frosting

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  • Before starting the recipe, make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature, not cold, or the butter would form lumps in the batter. See recipe notes to troubleshoot butter lumps in baking.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  • Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with coconut oil or butter. Cut out a piece of parchment paper into a 9-inch circle and stick it to the bottom of the pan. Grease the paper and the sides of the pan again. These steps prevent the cake from sticking to the pan. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add soft cubes of butter with sugar-free crystal sweetener (erythritol or allulose), and vanilla extract
  • Beat on low speed with an electric beater until creamy, then add the eggs, one at a time, with 15 seconds between each addition.
  • Set aside the egg/butter batter.
  • In another bowl, combine light olive oil, apple cider vinegar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and red food coloring with a spatula. Don't use coconut oil as it tends to form a paste when in contact with cocoa powder, or you want the mixture to be liquid for the best cake texture.
  • Using a baking spatula, stir the previous cocoa mixture into the first bowl with the egg/butter mixture.
  • Add in the almond flour, baking powder, and unsweetened almond milk.
  • Beat on low speed to combine and form a smooth cake batter with no lumps.

Cake decoration - optional

  • Scoop out 1/4 cup of cake batter and spread in a thin layer on a separate baking tray, covered with a piece of oiled baking paper. Bake this cake layer at 160°C (325°F) for 10 minutes or until set. Crumble this to decorate the top of the cake!
  • Cool it down, then crumble with your fingers to form a red crumb and decorate the cake at the end.

Bake the cake layers

  • Fill each greased baking pan evenly. Usually, each layer will be made of about 2 cups of cake batter. Spread the batter evenly with a spatula, then tap the baking pan a few times on the benchtop to make sure you remove any air bubbles locked in the batter.
  • Bake for 22-30 minutes in the center of your oven. The fan-bake mode is ideal if you have one, otherwise use regular mode (same temperature). Your cake is cooked when the top is still soft, moist and a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, with no crumbs stick on the skewer. Note: this is a gluten-free cake. It won't raise and form 2 moist, thin, flat cake layers of red velvet cake layer.
  • Remove from the oven, cool 5 minutes in the pan, then unmold and cool on a cooling rack until it reaches room temperature - about 1 hour.

Cake Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese with soft butter, powdered erythritol, and vanilla.
  • Place the first layer of cake onto a cake frosting turning table, then add 1/3 of the frosting to the center of the cake layer. Spread with a spatula, turning the cake frosting table to spread evenly.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the previous one, add more frosting, and repeat the previous step to cover the top and side of the cake.
  • Cut the cake in 12 slices and serve one slice as one serving.

Frosting storage

  • Store leftover frosting in an airtight container in the fridge and eat as a zero-carb keto snack. You can also freeze this frosting in an ice cube tray to make single-serve keto frozen snack treats.

Cake storage

  • Store the cake in an airtight cake box in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in slices in an airtight container. Defrost the day before at room temperature.
How to troubleshoot butter lumps in cake batter? This happens if you are using cold butter or cold eggs. To fix the issue, prepare a large baking bowl with hot water. Place the baking bowl (with the butter/erythritol mixture) on top of the hot bowl (called 'bain-marie'). The heat from the warm bowl will transfer to the cake batter bowl gently. As you keep stirring the butter/erythritol mixture, the lumps will disappear. 
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Nutrition Facts
Keto Red Velvet Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 373.5 Calories from Fat 329
% Daily Value*
Fat 36.5g56%
Saturated Fat 14.8g93%
Cholesterol 126.6mg42%
Sodium 323.4mg14%
Potassium 87.9mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8.2g16%
Vitamin A 881.4IU18%
Calcium 150.6mg15%
Iron 1.3mg7%
Net Carbs 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Keto Red Velvet Cake

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi thank you for this recipe, Just wondering if I can use coconut flour instead? and what adjustments should I do? I can’t find almond flour easily in our area 😞 thank you !

  2. 5 stars
    I made this today and took it to a church potluck. It was sooo good! There were only a few crumbs left on the serving plate. I will definitely be making it again. This was well received by people having no clue they were eating a low carb dessert. Love taking a keto friendly dessert knowing I can enjoy it and others will like it as well!!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today Frosting is so good . And cake great also . Do not extend more that30 min so it won’t dry out

  4. Just checked and I have 7” pans, I wanted to make a triple layer for my partners birthday, would I need to adjust recipe/ cooking time? I’m new to baking! Thanks so much

    • 4 stars
      I made this in 3 6-inch pans yesterday and they were about 1-inch thick layers. So a 7-inch pan will give you thinner layers. I also had to bake for the full 30 mins.

    • I am not sure the recipe will make decent size 3 layer cake. The layer will be very thin I guess, but you also says that your pan size is smaller, so it will probably come out ok. You can always double up the recipe to make thicker cake layers. Enjoy and happy birthday to your partner. Carine

  5. Hi , I want to make this cake. I don’t have two 9inch pans . Can I do it in a larger square pan ?? Can this be made without Apple cider vinegar . Have none.

  6. Hi. My cake isn’t as red, more like brown. I followed the instructions exactly, what could I be doing wrong?

  7. Hi I’m very confused. You talk about the secret to this cake being the flours IE; coconut flour and almond flour but when you look at the recipe there is no coconut flour. Then you talk about almond flour, mentioned that almond “meal” would make the cake too dry. When were we talking about almond “meal”? I’m so confused. Looks like a great cake but not sure where this coconut flour is coming in to make it so nice and moist. Thank you

  8. I am excited to try your recipe for my birthday cake!
    I wont probably find almond milk in time, can I use coconut milk instead, or regular cow milk, or heavy cream? What can I use instead of almond milk, even if it’s not keto friendly?

  9. I know butrermilk isnt keto but can you tell ke how muxh to use if i wanted to use buttermilk in this recipe instead of the acv and almond milk.

  10. Hi there. I made this recipe as cupcakes and baked them in a convection oven(commercial one) at 325 for 18 mins. They were baked perfectly in the middle but sank and my batter “blew” some making them look not so good. My baking powder is brand new and I did not over whip the batter nor open the doors. I am a seasoned low carb baker. In fact, I own an all keto and gluten free bakery! 🙂 I want to use this recipe as my go to red velvet. Any thoughts on the sinking? I’m thinking of baking lower temp/longer. Just curious on your thoughts. Thanks! PS…they taste great!

  11. Hi! I’m excited to make this for Valentine’s Day! Would it work if I used allulose instead of erythritol? I find that allulose leaves less of a cooling taste. Also, could I substitute sour cream for the avocado oil? If so, would it still be 3/4 cup? Thanks!!

  12. I was a bit disappointed by this recipe after viewing all the great responses. The cake was definitely moist however a bit oily in taste. Also the icing just seemed like you were eating cream cheese.. maybe add more sugar? Any tips would be appreciated, thanks!

    • 4 stars
      I made this cake yesterday with avocado oil and it did not taste oily to me. It was super moist almost wet tasting, but still very good. I think that may be the cooling effect of the erythritol though. I used my usual ratio for cream cheese frosting so I ended up using 16 oz of cream cheese and 2 sticks/1 cup of butter. I also had to use a bit more powdered Lankato to make up for that.

    • Did you use regular sugar in this recipe ? It would explain why the cake came out oily. The recipe has been tested with sugar free keto sweeteners, erythritol. The frosting is a cream cheese frosting so it does taste like cream cheese indeed. You can increase vanilla extract to cover the cream cheese flavor or use my vanilla cake frosting recipe, made from butter only. Enjoy,

  13. Step 3 says to grease a 9 inch baking pan, but then down further it says “fill each greased baking pan evenly”. Do I use 1 or 2 pans?

  14. Hi Carine,
    I am planning to make this cake for my son’s birthday. How long would I have to bake it in a 6” baking pan? I could make one and slice across.
    Thank you

  15. Hi Carine,
    I’m planning on making this cake for my wedding anniversary next week, and I was wondering if powdered stevia could be used for the frosting instead of powdered lakanto. If you could please let me know. Thanks!

    • Powdered stevia can’t be use to replace powdered erythritol. It won’t add any texture to the frosting and also it’s overly sweet and the frosting won’t taste good at all. Happy wedding anniversary! XOXO Carine

  16. 5 stars
    I am planning to make this recipe tomorrow and wondering if I could use regular white sugar or coconut sugar instead of Erythritol?! Would it work?

    • I am pretty sure same amount of coconut sugar or sugar will work instead of the erythritol but the recipe won’t be keto approved. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  17. Carine, I do not see in your instructions were you indicate when to add the apple cider vinegar. Should it be when you are adding the almond milk? Thank you I am looking forward to trying this cake!

    • Sorry for that! I updated the recipe for you. I am adding the apple cider vinegar into the bowl with oil, cocoa powder and food coloring. Enjoy the keto cake recipe! XOXO Carine

  18. Hi, I wonder if I can halve all the ingredients to make serving for 6? Just because 12 is too much as I am the only person doing keto in my family!

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