Eating fat on keto just got a lot easier with these to-die-for Keto Frosting Shots! These delightful fat bombs contain only 0.58g net carbs per serving and a whopping 11g fat!
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Have you heard of “frosting shots”? Years ago, some clever bakeries began recognizing that some people are ALL about the frosting, so they started selling little shot glass-sized cups of pure frosting for the frosting fanatics. I don’t know who invented the frosting shot, but as a serious frosting fan, I’d like to give them a big hug because it’s a brilliant (and very, very tasty) idea.
Of course, a standard frosting shot is loaded with carbs because of the high sugar content. But fear not! Because I am all about bringing mainstream foods into the keto community, I’ve created these Keto Frosting Shots that are just as to-die-for as the originals. This keto frosting recipe is buttercream-flavored (thanks to a special ingredient), but you can get as creative as you want with the flavoring. (And, as you can see, I had a little fun with food dye in these photos!)
Keto Frosting Shots are ideal for a snack or dessert and will be a HUGE hit at parties with ketoers and non-ketoers alike. The only people who may not like these are people who don’t like frosting, and it’s probably not a good idea to associate with those sorts of people. 😉 (Kidding, of course!)
Let’s get started with this recipe… it’s a breeze to make!
Ingredients Needed for Keto Frosting Shots
Ingredient quantities are located in the recipe card at the end of the post.
Swerve Confectioners Sugar Replacement: If you’re looking for a sugar substitute, you’ll love Swerve Confectioners! It uses (natural) sugar alcohols which have zero effect on blood sugar, meaning you can subtract them from the net carb count. (That gives Swerve zero net carbs.) It also measures just like sugar, so there isn’t any guessing about how much to use. I purchase the 48 oz. bags because they are convenient and a much better price per ounce than the 12 oz. bags.
Capella Buttercream Flavor Drops: These flavor drops add the perfect buttercream flavor to this frosting. One bottle goes a long way!
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Frosting cups (I used 2 oz for the photos, but the 1 oz size is better for smaller portions)
How to Easily Make Keto Frosting Shots
This is just a quick overview of how to make the Keto Frosting Shots. For the recipe in detail, scroll to the recipe card at the end of the post.
Melt the butter and cream cheese in a pan, breaking up the cream cheese as it melts. When the cream cheese is mostly melted (bottom left photo), remove pan from the heat. Add vanilla extract and buttercream flavoring.
Using a mixer (I use a hand mixer), start at a low speed and increase to high, whipping the mixture until everything is fully incorporated and getting fluffy.
Turn off mixer and add Swerve (bottom right photo). Follow the same process, starting at low and increasing the speed. Whip the mixture until frosting is fluffy like the photo below:
To quote Devo: “You must whip it… whip it good!” 😂 Truly, you are going to spend several minutes whipping this on a high speed with your mixer (I use a hand mixer, but you can also use a stand mixer), incorporating lots of air, to get this frosting to a fluffy, whipped texture.
Let cool until firm (see the next section) and enjoy!
My Keto Frosting Shots Have the Texture of Pudding! Why?!
When freshly mixed and still warm, this cream cheese frosting will have the texture of a fluffy pudding. Don’t worry! As it cools to room temperature, it will firm up and take on a frosting texture, as you can see in the photo below:
I Need a Sweeter/Thicker Frosting! What Can I Do?
Traditional cream cheese frosting calls for a LOT of powdered sugar. Many recipes with this amount of butter and cream cheese call for two, or even FOUR, cups of powdered sugar. Personally, I think that’s sweetness overload, but if you want that level of sweetness, or if you want something a bit firmer to pipe onto keto sweets, you can increase the Swerve Confectioners to your desired sweetness/thickness. It will add zero net carbs since sugar alcohols are not included in the net carb count.
How to Serve Keto Frosting Shots
Texturewise, I love this frosting when it is freshly made (and given a chance to firm up at room temperature). When put into the fridge, it becomes denser. When taken out of the fridge, it becomes soft again, but it is never quite as fluffy as it is the first time. Since you’re unlikely to eat ALL of this frosting right away, I suggest enjoying a serving when you make it and then enjoying future servings after letting them sit out of the fridge for a few minutes.
Should I Use Salted Butter or Unsalted Butter?
It’s completely up to you! I prefer the taste of salted butter in this recipe, but you can do any of the following:
- Use unsalted butter
- Use unsalted butter and add salt to taste
- Use salted butter
I’m pretty sure you will be making this recipe a LOT, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experiment!
How Big is a Serving of This Keto Frosting?
I’ve calculated the nutrition facts of this recipe based on 16 servings, which I found to be about 2 tbsp per serving based on the volume of frosting I had (which may differ from yours slightly depending on how much you whip your frosting).
Here is the easiest way to precisely measure your serving size:
- Weigh all of the frosting. (I came up with 460g total; yours should be very close to this.)
- Measure a tablespoon’s weight. (I came up with 14g for one tablespoon.)
- Divide that into your total weight for the total number of tablespoons. (That gives me just about 33 tbsp.)
- Divide that by 16 servings. (That gives me just a hair over two tablespoons per serving.)
Alternatively, you can just decide that these Keto Frosting Shots are low enough in carbs that you don’t need to be exactly spot on with your measurements. 🙂
Nutrition Facts for Keto Frosting Shots
- 99 calories
- 11g fat
- 1g protein
- 0.58g net carbs
For a virtually carb-free keto frosting recipe, see my Keto Blueberry Pancake Mug Cake recipe post!
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Melt butter and cream cheese in a small pan on low-medium. As the cream cheese melts, break it up into smaller pieces.
When the butter and cream cheese are sufficiently melted (i.e., everything is soft and will whip easily), remove pan from heat.
Add vanilla extract and buttercream flavoring.
Using a mixer (I use a hand mixer), start on low and work up to a high speed (I go up to a 6 on my mixer), whip the frosting mixture for about a minute.
Turn mixer off and add Swerve. Starting again on low and working up to high, whip the frosting mixture. Whip it for several minutes until it takes on a fluffy texture.
At this point, it will be like a fluffy pudding. Let the mixture sit out at room temperature. As it returns to room temperature, it will take on a fluffy frosting texture.
Serve and enjoy!
How to Store: In the fridge. Technically, it should last as long as your cream cheese or butter expiration date, but I usually don’t store it any longer than two weeks.
Salted or Unsalted Butter? I prefer the taste of salted butter in this recipe, but you can do any of the following:
- Use unsalted butter
- Use unsalted butter and add salt to taste
- Use salted butter
For a Sweeter or Firmer Frosting: Traditional cream cheese frosting calls for a LOT of powdered sugar. Many recipes with this amount of butter and cream cheese call for two, or even FOUR, cups of powdered sugar. Personally, I think that’s sweetness overload, but if you want that level of sweetness, or if you want something a bit firmer to pipe onto keto sweets, you can increase the Swerve Confectioners to your desired sweetness/thickness. It will add zero net carbs since sugar alcohols are not included in the net carb count.
Keto Frosting Shots
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 6g
Total Carbohydrates 0.58g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.