Here we are making vanilla muffins that serve as a base to sandwich sliced strawberries and whipped cream into mini keto strawberry shortcake. These vanilla muffins can have many purposes – just take a look at my modifications below. They are individual morsels of vanilla lemony goodness, cooked to golden brown perfection.
The vanilla extract carries a smooth flavor throughout the batter. This essence is enhanced with Lakanto, our preferred ketogenic sweetener. Both the Classic or Golden are good to use in this recipe. Lakanto adds a clean sweetness with no weird, artificial aftertaste. Lemon juice is the third element that creates a full-bodied sweetness. The tangy liquid gives more flavor than sweetness but the hint it adds complements the entire recipe very nicely. I like the combination of lemon with fresh strawberries. Together, they find a nice balance. Finally, the cream. Whether you use whipped cream or mascarpone cheese, these mini keto strawberry shortcakes will be super tasty. Both ingredients have a subtle dairy sweetness.
Shortbread, Angel Cake and Vanilla Cupcakes
This recipe works best if you use an electric mixer. The rapid rotation of the blades creates a light and fluffy, mousse like batter that bakes into a cake-like texture. If you don’t have an electric beater, don’t sweat! I’ve made this recipe both ways and it always comes out nicely. Mixing by hand creates a more dense, shortbread or cookie like result. I think it is pretty neat to have a recipe that you can customize in such a specific way, depending on your preference.
This recipe is highly adaptable. The addition of 1/2 cup yogurt makes the final muffin the exact texture as angel cake! The bake time increases by 15 minutes and they take longer to cool. It’s worth it once you bit into a delicate, light and fluffy muffin…you will swoon!
I’ll throw in a third way to modify this muffin base, just for fun
Swirl a sugar-free ketogenic frosting on top of their pretty little heads and you get vanilla cupcakes! I know my Ketogenic Maple Buttercream would be amazing. The classic cream cheese frosting from my carrot cake would also be good, it has lemon in it that would match nicely with the flavors presented here. Picture this: vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and sliced strawberries on top. If you’re fancy, you might even blend the strawberries into the frosting itself and make strawberry cream cheese frosting! Call me for dessert!
Recommended Recipe: Maple Buttercream Ketogenic Frosting
Love Keto Baking?
It’s easy once you learn what ingredients to use and know how to adapt your techniques to low-carb recipes. Use my guide to low-carb baking to prepare for the holidays, appease cookie cravings with healthy, ketogenic recipes, and serve oven-fresh baked goods the whole family can enjoy.
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