Learn our secrets for making healthy homemade cupcakes!
How to Bake a Healthier Cupcake
The "secret ingredient" in these coconut- infused blueberry cupcakes—mashed potatoes—gives the cake great texture, almost like pound cake. Because it’s low in calories and fat, you can spread a generous amount of frosting on each cupcake.
Get the recipe: Blueberry Cupcakes
The chopped cherries blend into the ultra-rich chocolate cake, giving it a slight cherry flavor while keeping it super-moist with little added oil. The combination of reduced-fat cream cheese and sour cream gives the frosting cheesecake-like flavor with fewer calories.
Get the recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes
Raspberry puree is the perfect color for turning the frosting a gorgeous shade of pink. For those unaccustomed to the mildly nutty flavor of whole-wheat flour, the flavor of the raspberry puree swirled into the lemony cake make the wheat flavor undetectable.
Get the recipe: Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
These vanilla-infused cupcakes are made with applesauce as a fat—replacer for butter. Thickened evaporated milk works as a great base for the rich and creamy chocolate frosting. Dark chocolate lovers, be sure to use bittersweet chocolate.
Get the recipe: Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
Apple Cupcakes With Cinnamon-Marshmallow Frosting
Shredded apple replaces some of the oil and keeps the cake moist in these cinnamon-spiked cupcakes. There is a generous amount of fluffy marshmallow frosting to mound or pipe on top for a festive look.
Get the recipe: Apple Cupcakes With Cinnamon-Marshmallow Frosting
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Test Kitchen Manager Stacy Fraser has baked with her son, Sawyer, since he was tall enough to reach the counter from a stepstool. When she makes cupcakes, she tries to keep the ingredients as healthy as possible for her son and his friends, and since they’re individually wrapped, she feels less tempted to overindulge.
Even though they’re easier, she tries to steer clear of the boxed cake mixes and frosting tubs that contain artificial flavors, colors and ingredients she can’t pronounce.
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