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Southern Style Red Velvet Cake with Classic Cream Cheese Frosting

Who doesn’t love red velvet cake? No…really? It’s pretty much the epitome of what one would describe as “decadent” or “sinfully delicious.” That rich, red color, light chocolate flavor and creamy, zingy frosting is nothing short of amazing.

Unfortunately, it’s also full of sugar. That is, unless you make this version–which has all the flavor, all of that rich texture and is just beautiful to look at. It’s perfect for company, or if you’re just making it for yourself, you could freeze the slices or make it into cupcakes. No matter what you choose to do with it, your taste buds will thank you.

This is a moist, dense cake, so a little goes a long way. You might want to dive in head first and cut a HUGE piece of this baby, but I doubt you’ll be able to eat it all!

This grain free cake has just THREE grams of net carbohydrates. Does it get any better? Nope.
What are you doing still sitting there? Get baking! 😉

Southern Style Red Velvet Cake with Classic Cream Cheese Frosting



3 C almond flour, sifted
6 T coconut flour, sifted
3 T whey protein powder
1/2 C unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2/3 C melted coconut or avocado oil
1 3/4 C sweetener (I used Swerve)
5 eggs
2/3 C water
1/3 C unsweetened almond milk
1/2 T white vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 T vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
1 T baking powder
Natural red food coloring (if desired)


16 oz. cream cheese, softened (two bricks)
4 T butter, softened (half stick)
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 T water
1 C highly dissolvable sweetener (I used Ideal, but Stevia in the Raw or Splenda would also work***)
1 C equivalent of liquid sweetener (omit water if using liquid sweetener)

***UPDATE: Since creating this recipe, I have since begun to lighten up on my use of maltodextrin-containing sweeteners like Ideal and Stevia in the Raw. Ideal is counted as 19g of carbohydrate per cup in this recipe due to the maltodextrin it contains. I have tried to create this frosting with great success using regular granulated xylitol and it came out great, but it does take a bit longer. If you do not have straight liquid sweetener like Stevia glycerite, simple mix a cup of xylitol (erythritol should also work) into about 1/2 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Allow the liquid to mostly boil off until you’re left with about 1/3 C of thick, sweet syrup. Allow to cool completely, then work it into the cream cheese frosting. The results will be slightly thinner, but it still works beautifully and you can forego the extra maltodextrin carbs.)***


1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease two 9-inch round cake pans on the bottoms and sides.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the following: almond flour, coconut flour, whey protein powder, cocoa powder, sweetener, salt, and baking powder. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed.

3. Add in all other ingredients except eggs and red food coloring, and mix using an electric mixer on medium speed for about one minute, scraping down sides of the bowl if necessary, until well mixed.

4. Add in eggs and mix on high speed (using a regular paddle) for about two minutes, or until a smooth cake batter is formed.

5. Add in red food coloring until your desired color is achieved.

6. Pour batter into greased cake pans; half in each. Assure that the top of the batter is level to ensure even cooking.

7. Bake on the center rack for about 30 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

8. Cool cakes completely before icing.

To prepare frosting:

1. In a large mixing bowl (preferably that of a stand mixer), whip the cream cheese and butter until it’s light and fluffy with a whisk/whip attachment on medium-high speed for about five minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure all of the cheese gets whipped.

2. Place sweetener, vanilla and water in a glass bowl or cup and stir vigorously until a thick, sweet syrup is formed (skip this step if you’re using liquid sweetener and just add the sweetener and vanilla right into the cheese mixture).

3. Pour the sweet syrupy mixture into the cream cheese and beat on high with the whisk/whip attachment for an additional five to ten minutes.

4. Frost cooled cake with cream cheese frosting and serve.

Store frosted cake in the refrigerator if it’ll be out longer than 4-5 hours at room temperature. 

NUTRITION (1/16th recipe): 380 calories, 8 g carbs, 5 g fiber (3 g net carbs), 36 g fat, 11 g protein. 

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Leeann Teagno

Eating healthy, for me, is about more than weight loss like it used to be. It’s about controlling my blood sugar levels and obtaining normal–or relatively normal–hormone levels. I still struggle to lose weight efficiently, but eating a wheat, sugar and gluten free diet helps to control some of the problems I’ve encountered with these health issues of mine.


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