This keto red velvet trifle is beautiful, festive, and flat-out delicious. It features rich layers of low carb red velvet cake, homemade whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and blueberries.
Inspired by my keto red velvet cake that was an instant hit with my family. In fact, I have an entire collection of keto red velvet recipes because it’s a flavor profile that my loved ones and I cannot get enough of.
Making a keto trifle recipe is perfect for the holidays since they look extra fancy and can serve a crowd. I promise you that even your non-keto guest will love this recipe and is sure to fool their tastebuds.
Be sure to also check out our vanilla keto trifle recipe for another tasty variation.
Keto Red Velvet Trifle
Using a keto-friendly red velvet cake in a trifle recipe elevates dessert by highlighting the layers of cake, mixed berries, and whipped cream.
The bright colors and flavors make this a go-to dessert when you are wanting to serve something a little extra special. The red white and blue colors also lend themselves to when you are wanting a patriotic keto dessert.
What Is The Flavor Of Red Velvet?
Ever wonder what exactly is the flavor of red velvet? It’s a recipe that uses a combination of mild cocoa powder, vinegar, vanilla, and buttermilk to get its flavor.
The addition of red food coloring ensures the cake gets its recognizable red color.
Red velvet recipes have been enjoyed since the 1800s. The name refers to the velvety smooth texture of the use of cocoa powder in the recipe.
Adding 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 baking ingredients was nearly impossible, making cocoa powder very scarce.
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.
Today, cocoa powder is added but not in the same quantity of say, a traditional chocolate cake recipe would have.
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 Keto Red Velvet Trifle
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Making a gluten-free red velvet cake for the trifle requires the use of almond and coconut flour for the perfect crumb.
The whipped cream layer uses a little bit of cream cheese to give the whipped topping more stability and pairs well with the red velvet flavor.
The following are the ingredients and materials needed for this recipe. Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the page.
Ingredients Needed To Make Keto-Friendly Red Velvet Trifle
- Granulated sugar substitute
- Finely milled almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cream of tartar
- Sea salt
- Heavy whipping cream
- White vinegar
- Melted unsalted butter
- Vanilla extract
- Red food coloring
Whipped Cream Topping
- Heavy whipping cream
- Cream cheese, room temperature
- Granulated sugar-substitute
- Vanilla extract
- Sea salt
- Fresh strawberries
- Fresh blueberries
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Best Sugar-Substitutes For Sugar-Free Red Velvet Trifle
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.
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- 2 cups granulated sugar substitute
- 3/4 cup finely milled almond flour, measured and sifted
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream & 1/2 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. This will serve as a substitute for buttermilk
- 1/4 cup plus of melted unsalted butter
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of boiling water
- Red food coloring, 4 teaspoons
Whipped Cream Topping
- 2 1/2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
- 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar-substitute
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Mixed Berry Topping
- 1/2 pound of fresh whole strawberries for topping, reserve 1/4 pound to slice and use as a fruit layer.
- 1 pint of fresh blueberries, reserve 1/2 cup for topping
- 1/2 pint of fresh red raspberries for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease one 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Boil one cup of water and set aside.
- Melt 1/4 cup of butter and set aside.
- Combine the heavy whipping cream, vinegar, with the water that will serve as your buttermilk substitue. Note this is not boiling water. That will be added at the end of the recipe.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer add the eggs, heavy cream & water combo "buttermilk" substitue, melted butter, vanilla extract, red food coloring, and mix until combined.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and the granulated sugar substitute and stir to combine.
- To the dry ingredients wet mixture and combine well with an electric mixer.
- Once everything is combined add the one cup of boiling water and stir until well blended. Note that the batter will be runny.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow the red velvet cake to cool completely before cutting into 3 inch slices.
Keto Whipped Topping
- To make the whipped cream, in a large bowl beat the softened cream cheese and the sugar substitute until smooth and creamy.
- Add the cold heavy cream, vanilla extract, and whip until medium peaks form. Set aside.
Assemble The Trifle
- Cut the cooled cake into small 2-inch cubes. Place a layer of cake in the bottom of a large trifle bowl.
- Next add the sliced strawberries and blueberries.
- Add half the whipped cream topping.
- Add the remainder of cubed cake and top with the rest of the whipped cream topping.
- Garnish with several fresh whole strawberries, blueberries, and the raspberries.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12.5gCholesterol: 95.5mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 8.2gNet Carbohydrates: 4.3gFiber: 3.9gSugar: 1gProtein: 6.2g