Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Low Fat Cupcake Tips

When I see a beautiful cupcake, I don't usually think about the consequences...fat and calories. But there are a few things we can do to make our cupcake recipes lower in fat and calories. Experiment with your full-fat recipes and decide what works best for you.

  • Substitute applesauce (plain or cinnamon), pureed pineapple or pumkin, or mashed bananas for the oil in your recipes.

  • Substitute reduced-fat sour cream or cream cheese for full-fat versions - but do not use fat free versions when you bake.

  • Substitute low-fat buttermilk for sour cream.

  • Use cocoa instead of baking chocolate.

  • Replace 2 egg whites for one whole egg - save 5 grams of fat.

  • Skip the frosting. Cupcakes are yummy all by themselves.

  • Make smaller cupcakes (fill the cupcake liners with less batter) or make minis. Just don't eat more cupcakes because they are smaller!

  • Give some away! When you make a batch, don't keep them all. Give some to friends.

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