Chocolate Cupcakes (Keto)

This is a simple, moist chocolate cupcake recipe which I topped with a sharp and creamy ‘frosting’ made with cream cheese, vanilla, cocoa powder and sweetener. Super simple and lovely to put out at your next Keto Afternoon Tea.

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Carbs 4.3g | Fat 23g | Protein 7.5g
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Chocolate Cupcakes (Keto)

Simply, yummy chocolate cupcakes featuring a rich frosting made using cocoa-flavoured cream cheese. Perfect for a keto afternoon tea!
Course Dessert
Cuisine General
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

Per serving

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.3g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 23g


For the cupcakes

  • 80 g (2.8 oz) unflavoured coconut oil, melted
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 80 g (2.8 oz) soured cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) almond flour
  • 110 g (3.9 oz) Swerve® sweetener, confectioners
  • 2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

For the chocolate cream cheese frosting

  • 270 g (9.5 oz) full-fat cream cheese (soft cheese)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 TB Swerve® sweetener, confectioners
  • 2 1/2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan oven). This is 180°C for conventional ovens (or 350°F / gas mark 4). Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cupcake cases.
  • Weigh out the odourless (unflavoured) coconut oil and melt in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly (as we are whisking it into eggs later and we do not want to cook parts of the egg).
  • Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl, along with the soured cream and vanilla essence. Once the coconut oil has cooled a little, whisk it into the egg mixture until well-emulsified.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the almond flour, Swerve, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda (also called bicarbonate of soda). This is what you should have ready:
  • Pour the egg mixture into the dry mixture and mix well to combine.
  • Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases about three-quarters of the way full (they will rise further in the oven).
  • Bake for 10 minutes on the lowest rack, then reduce the temperature to 140°C and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean. I always rotate the tray after those first 10 minutes and often lay a sheet of foil over so the tops do not darken too much.
  • Once done, remove and set aside on a cooling rack to cool.
  • For the frosting, drain off any excess liquid from the packaged cream cheese, then simply combine all the frosting ingredients very well in a bowl.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle (or any nozzle you have at hand) and pipe a little frosting over each cupcake. If you want to, you could dust a tiny amount of cocoa powder on each cupcake too.

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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                        252Kcal / 1054kJ
Fat                                23g
Carbohydrates              4.3g
Protein                          7.5g


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  1. Hi. Made these. Really yummy. I did substitute the cream cheese frosting with your brownie ganache topping instead. Delicious!

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