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Vanilla Keto Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

Right after our second child was born, I dove into my own self-led course in keto baking. A few months passed as I was busy testing 100’s of keto cupcakes, bread loaves, pizza crusts, burger buns and cookies, cakes, and brownies until I finally established a solid collection of easy keto recipes.

Overall, I was surprised to find baking on a keto diet easier than traditional baking.

I gravitate to the “quick and easy” kind of recipes that usually follow the simple procedure of combining a dry bowl of ingredients and a wet bowl of ingredients together. Then baking in the desired pan.

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This recipe is adapted from my Keto Vanilla Cake, originally published in The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Baking.

They are so delicious, soft, and moist this could easily be the base recipe for all of my cupcakes and muffins.

You can reverse engineer the cupcake into a cake simply by baking the batter in a lightly greased 9-inch round cake pan. It’s delicious own it’s own or topped with the same, Maple Buttercream as the cupcakes below.

Baking Tips for Vanilla Keto Cupcakes

Vanilla Keto Cupcakes are super fast and simple to make anytime you need a reliable cupcake recipe to make.

  • Vanilla comes through well in this recipe, the rich flavor permeates all bites. Vanilla powder is a much more potent flavoring agent, but also more expensive. Vanilla extract may be substituted in double the amount (ex: 1 tsp vanilla powder = 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you certainly can. Bake the cupcakes and keep them, unfrosted, in the fridge until ready to serve. Frosting has the best texture when prepped the day of.
  • These cupcakes are freezer friendly and can be made in bulk.
  • Feeding a crowd? Double the batch as needed, these are great for birthday and office parties.
  • Swap frosting for Dairy-Free Keto Icing and decorate with delicate lines and swirls instead.

This recipe yields 12 cupcakes.

With only 1 g net carbs per serving, Vanilla Keto Cupcakes are a delicious, guilt-free way to enjoy dessert while staying on a keto diet.

The recipe below is 100% gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free, low-carb, ketogenic, and sugar-free!

Sugar-Free Keto Cupcakes

In this recipe, a pinch of sweetness (without the blood sugar roller coaster and crazy mental/emotional triggers) is made possible by Lakanto’s Monkfruit sweetener.

Lakanto is my first choice as a keto-friendly sweetener for all keto desserts.

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  • ZERO GLYCEMIC – Lakanto Sweetener will not increase blood sugar
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I use Lakanto exclusively but you may also use whole or powdered erythritol or liquid stevia drops instead. Replace Lakanto with equal amounts of erythritol, use stevia drops to taste.

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Vanilla Keto Cupcakes

Vanilla Keto Cupcakes are quick and easy to make. The maple buttercream frosting adds a special flair and delicious flavor boost. Low carb, gluten-free, grain-free and sugar-free.
4.69 from 19 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 195kcal


Vanilla Cupcakes

Maple Buttercream Frosting


To Preare the Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350* F / 176* C.
  • In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk 3 eggs. Add oil and milk. Mix well.
  • Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until thick peaks form. Gently fold into the the batter.
  • Lightly grease or use cupcake liners in a 12-cup muffin pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

To Prepare the Frosting

  • With an Immersion Blender: Place all ingredients in a narrow jar and use an immersion blender to whip until fluffy.
    With an Electric Mixer: Beat until all ingredients are mixed together. 1 to 2 minutes to fully whip the butter, continue until light and fluffy.
  • Wait until cupcakes have completely cooled then frost before serving.


This batter may also be baked as a cake. 1 recipe will make a 9-inch cake, adjust baking time to 30 minutes.

Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Keto Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 204mg9%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 296IU6%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes. With a focus on from scratch, homemade cooking, animal-based nutrition, and easy DIY beauty and personal care recipes, there’s always something new going on in her kitchen! Jessica will teach you exactly how to thrive with all the best ingredients and enjoy the journey along the way.

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25 Responses

  1. Scott gilmore
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    Jessica – the butter for the frosting – should this be melted or just left on the counter for an hour and be soft when using the immersion blender? Thank you! Love the cook books and recipes.

    • Jessica Haggard
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      Just room temperature, left on the counter for a bit until soft. You’re on the right track!

  2. Anita
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    5 stars
    Coconut flour and coconut oil, how yummy are these cupcakes? And the maple syrup frosting only makes these even more delicious. 🙂

  3. Beth
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    5 stars
    I love how tasty these cupcakes sound! The maple frosting is SO GOOD!

  4. Sapana
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    5 stars
    These cupcakes were so good and so easy to make!

  5. Irina
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    5 stars
    I have never known how to make keto-friendly buttercream frosting. Thanks for sharing. I am gonna implement it in baking!

  6. Pina
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    5 stars
    My husband loved these! He’s doing keto right now and I surprised him with these delicious cupcakes. Thanks for a marvelous recipe!

  7. Jessica Formicola
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    5 stars
    These cupcakes are incredible, and I’m not even on a keto diet! Definitely sharing this recipe with my keto friends!

    • Jessica Haggard
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      So glad you can enjoy something all together!

  8. Marlynn |Urban Bliss Life
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    I’ve never heard of that particular monkfruit sweetener before. I’ll have to check it out! The frosting looks especially yummy!

    • Jessica Haggard
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      The frosting is GREAT!

  9. Pam Greer
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    5 stars
    My daughter is on a keto diet and I can’t wait to make these for her! She is going to love them!

    • Jessica Haggard
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      So happy you can share them with her, enjoy!

  10. Irina
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    5 stars
    Do you know what I love about your recipe? It is the frosting! To be precise, its imperfection on top of cupcakes! Everything is too perfect when I look at cupcake recipes. Yours have some unique charm!

  11. Michelle
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    5 stars
    So amazing! I can’t believe these are low carb!

    • Jessica Haggard
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      Pretty cool isn’t 😉

  12. Catherine
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    5 stars
    These look great! I remember during the early days of keto when I was on it how hard it was to find low carb desserts. I’d love to try one!

    • Jessica Haggard
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      Keto can become very easy once you find the right recipes you need. Best of luck to you!

  13. Vicky
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    5 stars
    Always on the look out for a yummy keto dessert and this one looks fantastic!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It is! I hope you can enjoy it soon 🙂

  14. Veena Azmanov
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    5 stars
    All the healthy option to making this Keto cupcakes. The frosting is super delicious too. Kids to love it.

  15. Kelley
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    5 stars
    These look heavenly! I can’t wait to try them soon.

    • Jessica Haggard
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      They would be great for Valentine’s day!

  16. Emily Liao
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    5 stars
    This maple buttercream is absolutely delicious! These cupcakes are definitely a win with my family.

    • Jessica Haggard
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      It’s great to have individual portions to share with everyone. I do these more often than a full cake.

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