Keto Red Velvet Cake

keto red velvet cake with whole strawberry topping

Keto red velvet cake everything you love about a traditional red velvet cake, minus all the carbs and gluten. It’s a moist, rich velvety smooth crumb low carb cake!

This keto red velvet cake is made using a combination of almond and coconut flour giving it the perfect dense and soft smooth texture. 

The use of these alternative flours makes this also a gluten-free red velvet cake.

If that’s not enough this stunning three-layer cake features generous layers of silky cream cheese frosting because honestly, what’s a red velvet cake without cream cheese frosting? 

I opted for a keto naked red velvet cake, to keep things easy peasy but you can certainly frost the sides since the recipe allows for generous layers of keto cream cheese frosting!

I have several red velvet keto-friendly recipes on the site including a keto red velvet ice cream cake, red velvet cheesecake brownies, keto red velvet donuts, and even red velvet cookies

However, this is the first time I have made a keto red velvet layer cake recipe!

Keto Red Velvet Cake



Keto red velvet cake, a three layer naked cake
Keto Red Velvet Cake

No one can deny that a red velvet recipe is as festive as it gets when choosing a dessert for special occasions.

This healthy red velvet cake is perfect for the holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day or any time you want to make an extra special treat.

I have always loved red velvet cake, probably because it’s such a moist cake, that beautifully combines the flavor of buttermilk and cocoa powder. 

Do you know that for years, I had no idea what provided the flavor of this superstar cake? But once I figured it out I had to have this cake as often as I could. 

Unfortunately, creating a keto red velvet pound cake was something I didn’t tackle until I was sure I could come up with a great low-carb option. Thankfully that day has finally arrived!

What Is The Flavor Of Red Velvet?

Red velvet recipes use a combination of mild cocoa powder, vinegar, vanilla, and buttermilk to get its classic flavor. Plus, many recipes add red food coloring to ensure the cake gets its recognizable red color.

Do you know that red velvet recipes have been enjoyed since the 1800s? The name velvet referred to the smooth texture of the cocoa powder provided in the recipe.

The use of cocoa powder was a way to soften the flour and help produce a finer textured cake. 

However, during World War II the shortage of food made baking items very challenging to acquire. Finding basic ingredients were nearly impossible. This meant that cocoa powder very scarce, and was not something you could just pick up quickly.

The lack of cocoa powder made the bakers very creative and instead of using cocoa powder, they added beet juice to mimic the color of chocolate and to keep their baked goods moist.

This explains why red velvet desserts do not generally have a strong chocolate flavor. 

Keto red velvet cake on a wooden cake stand topped with fresh strawberries
Keto red velvet cake on a wooden cake stand topped with fresh strawberries

The Tanginess Factor

Most recipes for red velvet include buttermilk. The tanginess of buttermilk is a key flavor component in getting the tang of red velvet correctly.

My solution was to make my own keto-friendly buttermilk, by combining some heavy cream with water and adding a little white vinegar to allow for a slight curdle. 

I also added a little cream of tarter to dry ingredients to achieve the classic red velvet flavor we have come to love and enjoy.

Trust me it works. So don’t skip the vinegar and cream of tartar addition because it’s key in getting the flavor of red velvet perfect.

How To Make Red Velvet Cake

keto red velvet cake sliced and served on a white plate
Keto red velvet sliced and served on a white plate

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Making this low carb red velvet cake is pretty straightforward. Unlike some overly complicated red velvet recipes, this is one you can whip up rather quickly.

Honestly, the most challenging part of this recipe is the necessary wait for the cake to cool before adding the thick layers of cream cheese frosting. 

Below are the ingredients and tools you’ll need. Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the page. 

Ingredients Needed To Make Keto-Friendly Red Velvet Cake

Cream Cheese Icing

Tools You’ll Need:

Best Sugar-Substitutes For Sugar-Free Red Velvet Cake

My top choice is a monk fruit/erythritol blend. My personal favorite is Lakanto’s brand. But you can also use Swerve an erythritol sugar substitute. 

You could also use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure for most of my baked goods. However, if using Pyure you will want to use half the amount called for in this recipe since it’s a much sweeter choice. 

I will also add that I am not a fan of using stevia in chocolate-based recipes, in my opinion, it intensifies the aftertaste of stevia.

But if stevia is your preferred choice then feel free to use the Pyure brand.

This recipe uses a powdered sugar substitute for cream cheese icing. It must be a confectioner’s sugar substitute sweetener and it’s why I defer to the only two I use regularly.

My favorite brands are Lankanto’s monk fruit blend or Swerve that is another erythritol blend. 


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Keto red velvet cake on a wooden cake stand topped with fresh strawberries

Keto Red Velvet Cake

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Baking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Keto red velvet cake- moist, rich layers of velvety smooth cake frosted generously with cream cheese frosting. This recipe allows you to enjoy all the flavors in traditional red velvet cake minus the carbs.


Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 12 ounces of full fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar substitute
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease well with solid butter and line with parchment rounds three 9-inch cake pans.
  3. Measure and sift the almond flour and place in a large bowl.
  4. Measure the coconut flour and add to the large bowl with the sifted almond flour.
  5. To the large bowl add the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. 
  6. Make the keto buttermilk by adding vinegar to the heavy whipping cream and set aside. 
  7. Using an electric beater mix the cream cheese, sugar substitute until light fluffy.
  8. Add the butter and beat until well incorporated.
  9. Next, add the vanilla extract. 
  10. Add the eggs one at a time be sure to combine well after each addition.
  11. Slowly add all the dry ingredients one tablespoon at a time while continuing to use the mixer.
  12. Fold in the buttermilk. 
  13. Add the batter to the three prepared 9-inch pans.
  14. Bake the cakes in the center rack for 30-35 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  15. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before inverting them to a baking rack.
  16. While the cakes cool completely on the baking rack make the cream cheese frosting.
  17. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Can be frozen without the frosting.

Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

    1. Beat on high speed the softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, salt, and butter until light and fluffy about 2-3 minutes. Make sure to scrape the bowl several times.
    2. Next, add the sugar-free confectioner's sugar a few tablespoons at a time. To the blended cream cheese frosting batter add the heavy whipping cream a couple of tablespoons at a time on high until light and airy. About 2 minutes. 

Frosting Your Naked Red Velvet Cake

When the red velvet cakes have cooled completely make sure your cakes are level. You can use a large serrated knife to trim off part of the top of the cake if necessary.

Place the first layer onto a cake plate or cake stand.

Using an icing spatula, add about 1 1/4 cups of frosting to the center of the first layer making sure to spread evenly to the edge.

Add the second and third cake layers each time adding about 1 1/4 cups of the cream cheese frosting.

Use the remainder of the frosting to the top and all sides using an icing spatula. Since this will be a semi-naked cake, you will not be adding a lot of frosting to the sides, just enough to smooth the edges while leaving some of the cake layers exposed.

Before attempting to slice the cake or add any garnish be sure to refrigerate the cake for a minimum of two hours. This will make it much easier to slice your cake.

Optional: Garnish your cake with fresh whole strawberries or any fresh berry of your choosing.


The nutritional information does not include the strawberry garnish,.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 25.9gSaturated Fat: 12.3gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 8.1gNet Carbohydrates: 4.6gFiber: 3.9gSugar: .1gProtein: 6.2g

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