Look no further for the perfect keto chocolate frosting. This sugar-free recipe is smooth and creamy, with rich chocolate flavor. And it takes only 10 minutes to make!
Every keto baker needs a really good keto chocolate frosting recipe. And this is IT, my friends! This is the magical sugar-free frosting that takes your desserts to a whole new level.
This recipe is everything you want in frosting and nothing you don’t…like unnecessary carbs and sugars. It’s absolutely dreamy and has a rich but balanced chocolate flavor. And unlike traditional American buttercream frosting, it’s not tooth-achingly sweet.
It’s the perfect topping for everything from keto chocolate cake to gooey keto brownies.
And if you’re looking for perfect vanilla keto frosting, I’ve got that too!
Why you need this recipe
What’s the secret to perfect keto chocolate frosting? A little bit of cream cheese! Surprised?
A few ounces of properly softened cream cheese gives sugar-free frosting a smoother consistency. It also provides structure without having to use copious amounts of powdered sweetener.
Just think about it. Conventional American frosting can take upwards of 4 cups of powdered sugar to have the right consistency. 4 CUPS!!! Whereas this keto chocolate frosting takes only two thirds of a cup of sweetener. Which allows the chocolate flavor to really shine through.
The addition of a little cream cheese works for other frosting recipes as well. And it can even help rescue frosting that has split. It’s a trick I’ve known used many times, and now I am passing this bit of low carb wizardry on to you.
So the only question is…what are you going to put it on? How about my keto chocolate cupcakes? They are a match made in heaven!
Oh My God, I never thought I could ever enjoy chocolate frosting on Keto. I have tried so many other recipes and finally found a recipe like this. It has a mousse like texture and would be awesome on chocolate cake. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe.I am in heaven!!! — Tess
I bake a lot. This is best chocolate keto frosting I have made,least gritty, best mouth feel due to the cream cheese and whipping cream. It is similar to a whipped cream cheese frosting I make for wedding cakes. Excellent recipe! Thank you! — Stacy
My son has type one diabetes so I was trying to find something that he could have (and would like!) and it seemed impossible until now! So thank you! His birthday will be so special thanks to your recipe. — Ashley
Ingredients you need
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- Unsweetened chocolate: I recommend using good quality unsweetened chocolate such as Ghirardelli or Guittard. I’ve had so many issues with Baker’s brand as it is prone to seizing.
- Butter: Use unsalted butter and make sure it’s properly softened.
- Cream cheese: This is the secret ingredient! It gives keto chocolate frosting structure without having to add copious amounts of expensive sweetener.
- Powdered sweetener: I highly recommend Swerve Confectioners for this recipe, as it provides the right consistency. If you use powdered BochaSweet or powdered allulose, you may find the frosting a little softer. Hold back on the heavy cream until you see the consistency.
- Cocoa powder: Use regular or dark cocoa powder, but don’t use cacao powder. It’s often clumpy and doesn’t combine well in a frosting recipe.
- Vanilla extract: Adding vanilla enhances the chocolate flavor. You can also add a bit of espresso powder, which enhances chocolate flavors as well.
- Heavy cream: Use this to thin out the frosting to a nice spreadable and pipe-able consistency.
1. Melt the chocolate: Combine the chopped chocolate and one tablespoon of the butter. Melt in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth. You can also do this in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water.
2. Cream the butter and cream cheese: Beat the butter and cream cheese together until very smooth. Beat in the powdered sweetener and the cocoa powder until well combined.
3. Beat in the melted chocolate: Add the chocolate and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. The mixture will be very thick at this point.
4. Thin it out: Add the cream a few tablespoons at a time until the frosting is a spreadable consistency. How much cream varies depending on the cocoa powder and other ingredients you used.
Recipe tips and FAQs
Frostings made with erythritol sweeteners can recrystallize a little when refrigerated. If you let the cake come to room temperature before serving, it will soften up again.
This recipe makes enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or a single layer cake. For a larger cake, increase the frosting by 25% to 50%.
Dairy-Free Option: I also have a dairy free frosting that is similar to this on my Keto Chocolate Cake.
To rescue split frosting: Gently warm a few ounces of cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the split frosting in small dollops, beating in gently, until you have a smooth, spreadable consistency.
This recipe for keto chocolate frosting has 2.5g of carbohydrate and 1.1g of dietary fiber. Thus is has 1.4g net carbs per serving.
Yes, you can prepare the frosting and refrigerate it until you need it. You will need to let it come to room temperature then stir it again before frosting your cake or cupcakes.
I have frozen this keto chocolate frosting successfully. Transfer it to a freezer safe container and press plastic wrap flush to the surface. Freeze for up to 3 months. Bring it to room temperature and re-whip it lightly to lighten it.
How to use it
Get creative with this delicious keto chocolate frosting recipe. Here are some fun ways to use it:
Keto Chocolate Frosting
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Melt in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and butter together in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Set aside to cool to lukewarm.
- In a large bowl, beat the remaining ½ cup butter and the cream cheese together until smooth. Beat in the powdered sweetener and the cocoa powder until well combined.
- Add the chocolate and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. The mixture will be very thick at this point.
- Add the cream a few tablespoons at a time until a spreadable consistency is achieved.