Low-Carb Yellow Cupcakes with Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting

There is just nothing like an Old Fashioned Yellow Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting–especially when that cupcake is low-carb and grain-free! This recipe is a cinch to put together, perfect for birthdays and every days!

Low Carb Yellow Cake Chocolate Frosting
Hello friends! I’m so glad you’re here, you’re in for a real treat today with these Low-Carb Yellow Cupcakes!!❤️ But before we get to the recipe, I wanted to share a little update.

Low-Carb Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I normally don’t blog personal information, but the last couple of weeks have been particularly challenging, so it felt like the right thing to do. I deal with chronic pain due to some health issues and at times, it can be almost unbearable-I know some of you can totally relate to what I’m saying. Creating recipes is such a blessing under the circumstances because it’s something I can do from home-and something I so dearly love. Often they are created through a few tears and nearly giving up, but many prayers and the encouragement from my family and friends keep me going. I just want to encourage you- if you are in a difficult situation, don’t give up, friend. It’s amazing sometimes what lies around the corner.

Low Carb Yellow Cupcake w frosting

So, let’s talk about these cupcakes! I really wanted these to taste like the amazing cupcakes your grandma or great aunt would make—buttery, vanilla deliciousness with that old fashioned milk chocolate frosting. They smell SO GOOD and taste SO GOOD—I can’t even think of proper adjectives, I mostly speak in drool when it comes these delicious goodies.

Low-Carb Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

And this is a simple yet strict recipe—easy to make, but you will need to follow the directions to a T. The lower the starch, the finickier the cake, I say. But have no fear, these cupcakes are an easy 1 bowl recipe, just follow the steps in the sequence and timing given, and they will be absolutely delicious!

*If you love these, check out our low-carb Devil’s Food Cupcakes!

Happy Baking + Enjoy The Cupcakes!😊

Low-Carb Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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Low-Carb Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Low-Carb Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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  • Author: Lila Ruth
  • Total Time: about 40 min
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x


5.4 net carbs per cupcake


  • Cupcakes
  • 2 1/4 cups almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup Swerve Confectioner Sugar Replacement
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup whole milk (or coconut milk for keto)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons vanilla extract (it’s a lot but works beautifully!)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • If you want your cupcakes a vibrant yellow, add a couple drops of natural coloring.
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 2 oz Unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate (8 squares)
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3.5 tablespoons whole milk or coconut milk divided
  • 1 cup Swerve Confectioner Sugar Replacement
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, Swerve Confectioner, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Add eggs, applesauce, milk, olive oil, melted butter, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar. Blend until batter is smooth. Use batter immediately.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin liners only 1/2 of the way full, no more. This is an important step to follow, and no worries, they will rise beautifully to the top of the liner.
  5. Making sure your oven is preheated, bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then rotate muffin tin by 180 degrees and place a long sheet of foil loosely over the top of the tin and bake for an additional 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let them cool COMPLETELY before removing from pan. They will still be just a touch soft to the touch but they will finish setting up during the cooling process. (If you’re in a rush, you can place them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes after they’ve had a chance to cool on the counter for 5 minutes).
  7. While you’re waiting for your cupcakes to cool, go ahead and blend together your frosting. 
  8. Melt Baker’s Chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl for 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Slowly stir melted butter into melted chocolate with a dry fork until smooth. Then slowly add vanilla extract and finally 2 tbsp of your milk, again stirring until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  9. Sift the Swerve, cocoa powder and salt over top of your chocolate. Blend with hand mixer starting on medium, then high speed until fluffy and smooth. Frosting will be just a touch loose at this point. Place bowl in freezer for just 5 minutes-this hardens the chocolate and butter-then whip again with hand mixer for about 2 minutes on high until nice and fluffy. Add remaining 1.5 tbsp of milk and blend again. (Sneak a little taste, it’s sooooo good!)
  10. Pipe or spread your frosting onto cupcakes immediately and decorate however you like, serve and enjoy!! (If you leave your frosting out for a while, you’ll need to blend it again before spreading or piping).
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: about 25 min

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  1. Thank you for your encouraging words Lila. And you should know that your recipes have helped so many people- like me! (Oh and I can’t wait to try the cupcakes- they look amazing)

    1. Thank you Donald, that means a great deal to me! Always so thankful for your support and so thrilled you enjoy the recipes. Hope you will love these cupcakes too!! 😀

  2. Going to try this soon—- know it will be as good as the others
    Have my list— heading to the store— will follow directions and then the reward

    1. Aww haha thank you so much!! I hope you love these cupcakes, they are definitely a delicious reward! 😉

  3. I’m always here for you in this health battle of yours. You continue to inspire me and your strength is incredible! What you manage to create and accomplish through all of this is a testament to your determination and talent. With that said, these cupcakes are incredible! Low-carb, yet still delicious and beautiful! The texture is perfection! A keeper for sure.

    1. Oh thank you dear Noelle for your kind words, it means so much to me, I’m so very thankful for your support!! I’m so glad you like the cupcakes, I am always inspired by all of the beautiful and delicious recipes you create as well as the wonderful information you share!!:D

  4. Aww…these look adorable!! I could eat a dozen easily! I have a sister that has chronic pain so I see what she goes through on a daily basis and my heart goes out to you. xo Thank you for helping others like you do! You are an inspiration!

    1. Aww thank you dear Kim!!! Your kind words mean so much, and I’m so sorry that your sister is dealing with chronic pain, I will be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. I love you so much !! You are an amazing strong woman. Your testimony and faith inspire me daily. You are a light to the world , a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. So keep shining your beautiful light!
    They overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony . – revelation 12:11
    All glory to God
    Xoxo love ya

    1. Awww you are too kind dear Natalie, I love you too!! Your courage and beautiful recipes inspire me all the time!! 😀 I appreciate your wonderful words and scripture you shared so much, all glory to God indeed!

  6. Aw, Catherine! I’m so sorry to read what you’ve been going through. You’re so strong and amazing to still manage to make beautiful creations like this. I hope and pray for a quick recovery for you! And these cupcakes are absolutely perfect, my friend. WELL done!

    1. You are so dear Katherine, thank you so much for your kind words and prayers, my friend!! And I am always enjoying your gorgeous and delicious creations!!!

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