Keto red velvet cupcakes – Let’s be brutally traditional

Keto red velvet cupcakes are cheesy and corny but we love them and we don’t care if it’s cliché! What better time of the year than this cold February day for baking perfect cupcakes? The thing about cupcakes is that they can’t go wrong if the batter was well beaten and oven well heated. They say it’s the same with the heart! Let it beat and heat up your soul on a distinctive level!

A quick reminder of St. Valentine

Saint Valentine of Terni was a universally known Roman saint whose name is celebrated on February 14. Since the late Middle Ages, he started being related to a tradition of courtly love. Even though he was a priest in early Christian Rome, Emperor Claudius II (Claudius II Gothicus) ordered his execution. Why? Well, the emperor did not want his soldiers to get married in that period. Valentine was the only priest who went against the emperor’s wishes and performed secret weddings. As typical for Roman emperors, Claudius II ordered that he was executed around the year 278 A.D.)

How Red Velvet cake became a symbol of Valentine’s day?

While St. Valentine has been affiliated with love since the 14th century, Red Velvet Cake has had the same symbolics only from the 1930s and onwards. Red velvet cake has its own history which we covered in the recipe for Keto red velvet cake! However, the association of red colour with love was crucial for the fame of this cake!

Greek Goddess Aphrodite, or as the Romans called her Venus, loved red roses. They became a symbol of love and passion and the association of red colour with any affection dates back to antiquity!

Keto Red Velvet
Apuleian vase painting of Zeus plotting with Aphrodite to seduce Leda while Eros sits on her arm (c. 330 BC) Source: Wikipedia

The original Velvet Cake saw the day of the light in the 1800s, during a time when Americans were improving and developing their own cake recipes. This part is almost Keto-friendly! First Red Velvet cake was made using almond flour and raw cocoa to break down the protein in flour. The result of this was a finer textured cake. Controversy over the colour of the cake is still discussed!

Some assume it’s generated by a chemical reaction between the cacao and vinegar, while others blame the brown sugar, formerly identified as red sugar. There is a legend which says that beet juice was used for colouring. The first contemporary Red Velvet Cake was served at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, arriving later at Eaton’s department emporium in Toronto.

Fun fact: the crushed dried tropical beetle was widely used as red food colouring in the past!

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Greek Goes Keto approach to Clean keto baking

As you already know, we don’t like to use any artificial additives, stabilisers or emulsifiers. The small exception in this cake will be the natural food colouring. In this specific case, we will use good old raspberries as natural food colouring. These lovable cupcakes will be as clean Keto as they can be and the recipe will be simple enough for anyone. That’s just a thing about love, it needs to be natural and simple – that’s the only way it will last!

Let’s do some lovable Keto red velvet baking

Keto Red Velvet Cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
cooling time30 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Keto Dessert
Cuisine: Keto American
Keyword: Red Velvet
Servings: 6
Author: Roberta Kapsalis

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs free range, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120g) butter grass-fed, room temperature
  • 1/3 tbsp sea salt
  • 2/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp psyllium powder
  • 4 tbsp almond flour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder preferably raw
  • 4 tbsp stevia-erythritol blend sweetener Monk fruit blend would work even better
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) raspberries blended

Icing

  • 50 g (1/4 cup) mascarpone additive free
  • 70 g (1/3 cup) sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract organic
  • 1 tbsp stevia-erythritol blend sweetener Monk fruit blend would work even better

Instructions

  • Blend the raspberries into a smooth texture. If you are using frozen fruit, let it defrost first.
  • Beat the room temperature butter with stevia and sea salt until it gets creamy. Add one by one egg and keep beating. 
  • Mix cacao with baking soda and add apple cider vinegar. Now add this to the blended raspberries. Add this mixture to the eggs and butter. Add the Ceylon cinnamon. 
  • Combine almond flour and psyllium and add it to the main mixture spoon by spoon. The batter should get thicker.
  • Distribute the batter into silicone (or greased metallic) cupcake moulds and bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes at 200ºC (400ºF)
  • While the cupcakes are being baked, mix mascarpone with sour cream, sweetener, vanilla extract and place it in a piping bag. Leave the icing in the refrigerator.
  • When the cupcakes are baked, remove them from the moulds and cut a very thin layer from the bottom of each cupcake. Now, return these thin discs of cake in the oven and let them dry out at 100ºC (200ºF) for 5-10 minutes.  Place cupcakes in paper cups and let them cool down totally. 
  • Decorate them with the mascarpone based icing. Now take the thin slices of cake you've dried in the oven and crush them with your fingers to decorate the cupcakes. You can also add some red berries as the final touch. 

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