Want to show your family how much they mean to you this Valentine’s Day? Surprise them with a special dessert that makes your mouth water and tastes great, yet is easy-peasy to make and…[drumroll]…is a guilt-free pleasure because it’s made with healthier ingredients!
This recipe for Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes* takes only an hour to make, and has only 83 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 6 grams of sugar per serving (2 cupcakes per person).
Ingredients (48 cupcakes)
- 1-½ cups white whole-wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- ¾ cup canola oil
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup low-fat buttermilk (1% fat)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- Non-stick cooking spray (to coat an ice cream scoop)
- 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 48 mini muffin cups (2 large tins or 4 small) with paper liners.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- With a hand mixer, beat together the oil and granulated sugar in a large bowl on medium-high speed until well combined. Add the egg and beat until well blended. Beat in the food coloring and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla.
- With hand mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk in thirds, beginning and ending with the flour, beating well after each addition.
- In a small bowl, whisk together baking soda and vinegar, then beat the mixture into the batter until fully incorporated.
- Using a small ice cream scoop sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, evenly divide the batter among cupcake liners. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake in the middle of the tin comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack.
- While cupcakes cool, make the frosting by beating the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Sift the confectioners’ sugar over the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
- Spread or pipe frosting over the cooled cupcakes.
Note: For best results when baking, be sure to use exact ingredient measurements.
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