Keto Hostess Cupcakes

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Keto hostess cupcakes are an easy to make dessert that take less than 20 minutes to bake. This iconic snack cake is portion controlled and only makes two cupcakes. Hence, great for when you are craving chocolate topped sweet treats but don’t want to make a huge batch. We start with a sugar-free chocolate cupcake, fill it with a keto friendly marshmallow creme, spread a chocolate ganache over the top and top it with a white swirl of icing.

Keto Hostess Cupcakes Recipe Video

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Keto Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients

Marshmallow Creme Ingredients

Chocolate Ganache Frosting Ingredients

Icing Swirl Ingredients

Keto Hostess Cupcakes Directions

  • Keto Hostess Cupcakes
  • Low Carb Hostess Cupcakes Recipe: Perfect for Midnight Cravings

    two cupcakes one on a white plate the other next to some cracked eggs

    It is a keto version of the childhood classic a copycat Hostess Cupcake. The dessert is a low carb chocolate cake with a marshmallow cream frosting inside. Topping it are a sugar free chocolate ganache frosting and an iconic white frosting swirl. Delicious!

    The best part about this keto cupcake recipe is that it is portion controlled. It bakes just two low carb hostess cupcakes at a time. Great when you don’t want to bake a batch and even better when on a diet! You will never be able overboard by more than you intended to. Since it makes two cupcakes, you have one to enjoy yourself and one to share. Or two for you!

    Despite all the chocolate toppings and sweet flavor, this keto copycat Hostess Cake is a guilt-free midnight treat. Plus, it’s easier to make a small batch compared to a large one.

    two hostess chocolate cupcakes

    Are Hostess Cupcakes Keto?

    No, the traditional Hostess Cupcakes are not keto. One hostess cupcake contains 29 g of net carbs. On the other hand, this keto hostess cupcake recipe cuts down the carb count to a meek 2.2 g net carbs. Talk about eating healthy and yet delicious!

    Chocolate Cupcake: Gluten-Free or Not?

    This keto, chocolate homemade hostess cupcake is made with almond flour so, it is gluten-free. For the chocolate, we use 100% unsweetened cocoa powder. It is best to choose that kind or any other cocoa powder that might have added sugars in them – a no-no when you are on a keto diet. To make the chocolate cake slightly sweet and sugar-free, we use a monk fruit blend sweetener.

    cream filled chocolate cupcakes on a wire rack

    Marshmallow Cream Filling: For the True Hostess Flavor

    A traditional Hostess cupcake is filled with a creamy marshmallow cream filling. But that isn’t keto. It’s filled with tons of sugar. So, what do you do?
    Many keto hostess cupcake recipes just use whipped cream or buttercream frosting. In this one, we make a sugar-free marshmallow cream by using keto marshmallow. We melt them down and add cream and butter for that fulfilling, mouthful texture – all guilt-free. The sugar-free marshmallows we use are by Max Mallow.

    Not only is Max Mallow ketogenic friendly, but also great for diabetic and paleo. These sweets boast 0 g non-GMO formulation. Indeed, perfect to sweeten homemade hostess cupcakes!

    Muffin Tin: Ways to Bake Keto Hostess Cupcake

    The best way to bake these chocolate goodies is in the oven using a muffin tin. Wondering what if there isn’t an over? Microwave is your best second option.

    That’s right! You can bake them in the microwave with the help of a silicone cupcake mold. Set a timer for 2-3 minutes or until set to ensure your keto hostess cupcake comes out all mouth-watering.

    Benefits of Portion Controlled Desserts

    No wasting ingredients or fighting temptations – single serve dessert is a heaven sent solution for those who want to maintain a healthy weight.

    Research has shown that people eat more food consistently if offered in large portions. Controlling portions allows you to eat adequately but not excessively, thus helping you to lose weight.

    Plus, portion control also helps you digest food easily, stay energized, and prevent overeating. Plus, you will save money by not having to use your pricey keto ingredients.

    a bite out of a hostess cupcake to show the creamy center


    The best way to store keto hostess cupcakes is by keeping them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also store the airtight container in fright for 3-5 days if not in a mood to consume any soon.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Hostess Cupcakes

    Servings: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 241
    Fat 22.5g
    Protein 6.3g
    Total Carbs 7.8g
    Net Carbs 2.2g

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    1. Thank you for the recipie, but net carbs does not help a diabetic. What are the carps and sugars? Thank you Cliff

      1. I always use net carbs and my blood sugar is/ stays perfect. I can’t use total or i will bottom out. (T1)

      2. The nutrition label in the article says:
        Total Carbs 7.8g
        Net Carbs 2.2g
        So the sugars would be 5.6, correct?

        1. Fiber is 5.6g. Total Carbs – Net Carbs = Fiber. Sugar you have to ask or look on a label. The sugar in this recipe is: 0.4g

    2. What if I don’t want a small batch? If I double or triple or quadruple the recipe, how would the bake time be affected?

      1. I haven’t tried it but I think it would work. I don’t think baking time would be affected, only if you made larger cupcakes.

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