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This keto frosting recipe is made without cream cheese and without powdered sugar with the main ingredient being heavy cream. If you love an easy silky frosting, this frosting is for you.

The recipe is at the top of this post with tips and possible questions and tips you may have below the recipe card.

Main Ingredients

The two main ingredients in this sugar free recipe are heavy cream and xanthan gum.

The xanthan gum is how this sugar-free frosting stays stable without any butter or cream cheese.

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Yield: 1 Cup

Prep Time: 1 minute

Additional Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

This keto frosting recipe is made without cream cheese and without powdered sugar with the main ingredient of heavy cream.



  1. In a small bowl add heavy whipping cream, monk fruit, and vanilla extract.
  2. Stir ingredients and taste test. Then add more sweetener if you would like.
  3. Evenly sprinkle the xanthan gum over the heavy cream mixture.
  4. With electric beaters beat the ingredients in the bowl.
  5. Beat until a silk creamy texture, as can be seen in the image below.
  6. It should only take a few minutes to get to the texture.
  7. Throughout beating the cream, check on the consistency. It can be easy to over beat the frosting. If it’s overbeat it will just be a different texture but still delicious.


1. Placing the bowl and beaters in the fridge to get cold will help save beating time of the heavy cream.

2. Using a small bowl and tilting the bowl will also help save some beating time as well.

3. See below the recipe for tips and additional questions you may have. about the recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 0.5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from multiple online calculators. Although all attempts to provide accurate nutritional information have been made, these figures are only estimates as products and ingredients macros vary.


If you don’t have any xanthan gum but you have gelatin you can use 1/4 teaspoon of gelatin in place of the 1/8 tsp of xanthan gum.

To make this keto frosting dairy-free, use coconut cream instead of heavy cream. However, if you do make this substitution the frosting will be similar to keto icing that will be dairy-free.

Instead of using monk fruit liquid drops you can use erythritol. I would strongly advise you to use the confectioner form. This allows for a less gritty texture. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more to the cream to suit your needs.

Visual Instructions

Getting to the right texture can be difficult to describe in words, so here are some images of the heavy whipping cream being made into frosting.

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The top image is of the heavy cream with the sweetener and vanilla extract. The bottom image is the top ingredients stired together with the xanthan gum sprinkled on top. Ater this step the beating of the heavy cream starts.
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The top image is the cream beat midway through. The lage photo is the finished keto frosting.

Recipe Tips

1. Use a small bowl instead of using the largest bowl possible. When the bowl is small it allows the beaters to touch the liquid more often. If the beaters can touch the liquid as often as possible, it will take less time to make the recipe.

2. Tilt the bowl if you can’t find a small enough mixing bowl. When you slant the bowl on its edge, it makes the bowl even smaller, which will allow for less beating time.

3. Use a cold bowl, beaters, and heavy cream. When everything is cold it will take less time to beat the cream to the desired consistency.

4. Sprinkle the xanthan gum evenly the best you can over the heavy cream in the bowl. This will help with even mixing and consistency.

Scaling the Recipe

If you want to make more or less frosting the main thing to remember is that for every 1/3 cup of heavy cream you will use 1/8 of xanthan gum.

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This is what the sugar free frosting looks like when finished when using only 1/3 cup of heavy cream.

Common Frosting Questions

How to Make Keto Frosting with Heavy Cream

To make frosting with heavy cream you will whip it until stiff peaks form. Some recipes will have you combine the heavy whipping cream after all the other ingredeients are combined.

The recipe below has you whip the heavy cream with all the ingredients together.

How to Make Keto Frosting Without Cream Cheese

Making keto frosting without cream cheese is simple by using mascarpone cheese. Mascarpone cheese is often used in place of cream cheese. In fact, I’ve done that with my Orange Cheesecake recipe.

Another way to make frosting without cream cheese is to use butter and powdered sweetener. You could even use nut butter and butter like I did with my Peanut Butter Frosting recipe.

In the recipe below I use heavy whipping cream and a simple thickener to make frosting without cream cheese.

How to Make Keto Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

To make frosting without powdered sugar is to use 1 of 2 keto sugar substitutes. 2 of the best non-powdered sweeteners that are sugar-free are pure monk fruit and stevia. I personally love monk fruit the best.

I linked to sweetener drops above but there are pure powder forms as well in both monk fruit and stevia.

If you are looking for a keto powdered sugar substitute then you would use confectioner erythritol or allulose. My favorite brand is Lakanto.

How to Thicken Keto Frosting

There are many ways to thicken keto frosting. Below are some thickening agents you can use depending on what type of frosting you want.

  1. Butter
  2. Cream Cheese
  3. Gelatin
  4. Xanthan Gum
  5. Powdered Erythritol
  6. Whipped Heavy Cream