Friday, February 5, 2010

Delicious Valentine Cupcakes with less saturated fat and calories

I was flipping through my new Prevention magazine and came across this delicious recipe! Yummy cupcakes that are made without any butter and saves on calories and sat. fat, compared with typical buttercream.

Now, these are NOT "healthy" for you and should only be enjoyed in moderation!

1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C granulated sugar
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 C water
1/2 C fat-free plain yogurt
1/4 C vegetable oil
1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
1 egg white
1/2 tsp. instant coffee, dissolved in 2 Tbsp. hot water
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C + 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
2 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 C confectioners' sugar
2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)

1. HEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8 cups of a standard muffin tin or spray with oil.
2. MIX flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in bowl with fork.
3. COMBINE water, yogurt, oil, applesauce, egg white, coffee, and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer until combined and smooth. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until smooth.
4. FILL muffin cups with batter. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center of each cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely.
5. BEAT cream, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in bowl with electric mixer until thick and stiff. Stir in food coloring, if using. Spread about 2 tablespoons on top of each cupcake. If not serving immediately, store cupcakes in refrigerator.

NUTRITION (per serving):
356 Calories
5g protein
42g carbs
2g fiber
16.5g fat
6.5g sat. fat
251 mg. sodium

440 Calories
7g protein
40g carbs
4g dietary fiber
34g fat
16g sat. fat
170 mg. sodium

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