Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s easy to make luscious keto cream cheese frosting, even without powdered sugar!  All you need are the right low-carb ingredients.  This delicious, low-carb, sugar-free cream cheese frosting has just 5 ingredients.  It’s the perfect topping for low-carb cakes and muffins!

keto cream cheese icing in a bowl

Easy Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

This keto cream cheese frosting is thick, creamy, and delicious.  It’s the perfect icing to pair with my favorite low-carb cake, Keto Carrot Cake (or Cupcakes!)

It’s a very versatile recipe though, and pairs well with any spice cake or quick bread.  If you need a few ideas, try it on this Keto Pumpkin Bread or this Keto Zucchini Bread with Walnuts.

You could even add a spoonful to this Keto Pumpkin Mug Cake. Yum!

And hey, and if you don’t feel like making a whole cake just to use this recipe, you can even have a spoonful as a little cheesecake “fat bomb”!

Ingredients in Low-Carb Cream Cheese Icing

It’s no secret that traditional cream cheese icing is full of sugar.  But, with the right low-carb ingredients, you can easily make keto cream cheese frosting without all that powdered sugar!

So, how do you make cream cheese frosting without powdered sugar? All you need to do is substitute powdered erythritol instead!

You could even use a granulated sweetener, as long as you grind it in a dry food processor first.  The sweetener needs to be a powdery consistency before adding it to the frosting, otherwise, your keto cream cheese frosting will be grainy or gritty. Not ideal.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Cream Cheese.  Make sure this is softened at room temperature before you begin.
  • Butter.  Same as the cream cheese, make sure your butter is at room temperature too.
  • Powdered Sweetener. Swerve Confectioners is a great brand.   You can also use Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit sweetener — but remember it’s twice as sweet, so start with half as much.
  • Vanilla extract.  You can also use vanilla paste, which has real flecks of vanilla bean.

keto cream cheese frosting on a carrot cake

How to Make Keto Cream Cheese Icing

Cream cheese frosting is one of the easiest types of frosting to make. All you need are five ingredients and a mixer!  A stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment is my preferred tool for making this icing.  But you can also use a hand mixer — your choice!

To start, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature.  Then, beat together the cream cheese and butter, until the mixture is light and fluffy. 

Next, beat in the powdered sweetener and vanilla extract.  Start on low, and then increase the speed to really aerate the frosting.

Finally, add some heavy cream as needed to thin out the frosting,  You want a creamy consistency that’s thin enough to spread, but thick enough not to run down the sides of your cake or cupcakes.  I’d start with a tablespoon or two, and you can adjust as needed.

Tips for Making Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve said this before, but make sure your cream cheese and butter are at room temperature. Cold cream cheese is hard to whip, and will give you lumpy frosting.  Softened cream cheese and butter will whip together better for a lighter, smoother frosting.

And, use full-fat cream cheese with as few carbs as possible.  Sometimes, organic brands will have fewer carbs than mainstream brands — you’ll just have to check the label.  Either way, don’t choose reduced-fat cream cheese which will give you a runnier, less stable frosting.

How to Store and Freeze Cream Cheese Icing

You can definitely make low carb cream cheese frosting ahead of time.  It stores well in the fridge, and freezes well for longer storage.

You can refrigerate cream cheese frosting for up to 5 days.  Store it well covered, and let it come to room temperature before using it.  You can even give it a quick re-whip before using.

You can also make a big batch of frosting and freeze it for later baking. When you are ready to use it, let it thaw in the fridge. Then, let it come to room temperature before using.  Give it a quick whip before using for the lightest results.

keto cream cheese icing on carrot cake layers

Recipes to Use Keto Cream Cheese Icing

Try some of this low carb cream cheese frosting on cupcakes, cake, or even a mug cake. It goes well on top of almost any keto baked treat!

Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Easy keto cream cheese frosting is a delicious low-carb dessert icing. This low-carb, sugar-free cream cheese frosting has just 5 ingredients.  It's the perfect topping for keto cakes, cupcakes, and muffins!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sweetener, like Swerve
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream, or more as needed

Instructions

  1. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or an electric hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add the sweetener and vanilla on low, and then increase the speed and beat until well incorporated.
  3. Add heavy cream and beat until the frosting is creamy and spreadable. You can add more or less cream to achieve your desired consistency.

Notes

For the best results, make sure that the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature before starting.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 42mg Sodium: 121mg Carbohydrates: 3g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Carb count will vary with different ingredients and brands. It should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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