Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Low Carb Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Frosting Bombs

Red velvet cake has become a very popular ice cream flavor. Ben & Jerry’s adds actual cake pieces to their mix along with a swirl of cream cheese frosting. Obviously, the cake pieces are out, but low carb cream cheese frosting isn’t a problem and Red Velvet Cake Flavoring makes the rest of this ice cream easy to make.

Ben & Jerry's Red Velvet Cake container.

Cream cheese frosting ought to be very straightforward, but the recipes I found seem to vary to the proportion of cream cheese, butter and sugar. They mostly use either a 2:1 or 4:1 ratio of cream cheese to butter, but I’ve seen 1:1 and 3:2 as well. The amount of powdered sugar varies wildly. These suckers freeze hard and don’t melt easy. I normally cut frosting bombs in half, but you may want to consider going smaller. I opted to make the frosting very sweet since most cream cheese frosting recipes leaned that way. Be warned that the pictures below show a double batch of frosting.


Frosting Bombs

¼ stick (28 g) butter, softened
2 oz (57 g) cream cheese, softened
½ cup (57 g) powdered erythritol
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
14 drops EZ-Sweetz

Ice Cream

Low Carb Sweet Cream Base
1 tablespoon LorAnn Oils Flavor Fountain Flavorings, Red Velvet Cake


  1. Frosting Bombs: These need to be frozen solid, so don’t plan on making these the same time as the ice cream.
  2. Beat the softened butter and cream cheese together with a hand mixer in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup until they’re completely creamed.

    Cream cheese and butter in measuring cup.

    Add the powdered erythritol and mix. Start slow and gradually build up speed to the max setting.

    Whipped frosting.

    Use a silicone spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing cup and mix by hand to get the unmixed butter and cream cheese to integrate. Add the vanilla and EZ-Sweetz and mix with the mixer at high. Finish scraping and mixing with the spatula.
  3. Push the frosting into the wells of a silicone peanut butter cup mold. Use a silicone spatula to scrape across the tops of the wells to remove the excess.

    Frosting in silicone mold.

  4. Put the molds in freezer until the frosting is frozen hard.
  5. Remove from the freezer, and pop out the frosting bombs onto a cutting sheet.

    Cream cheese frosting bombs.

    Cut them into quarters. They will most likely break apart a little, but don’t worry about it. Work fast before they thaw too much.

    Cream cheese frosting bombs chopped up.

    Dump everything into an empty ice cream container and return to the freezer immediately. If you made extra, store them in Ziploc freezer bags.
  6. Ice cream: Follow the instructions for the Low Carb Sweet Cream Base except slightly reduce the amount of heavy cream if using the no-cook method. (E.g., 2 cups instead of 2¼ cups of heavy cream.) Add the LorAnn Oils Flavor Fountain Flavorings, Red Velvet Cake to the sweet cream base. Cover and chill if necessary.
  7. Follow your ice cream maker’s directions for making ice cream. One to two minutes before the ice cream is done, add the cream cheese frosting pieces. Use a silicone spatula to remove the ice cream from the ice cream maker and freeze until solid.
Scoop of ice cream.

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