Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Skinny Pumpkin Cupcakes

If you haven't visited Skinny Taste, you have to check it out.  It's where I go to find healthy, low fat recipes.  I made these cupcakes for hubs to take to work. The pumpkin icing is what had me sold.  I've made pumpkin cupcakes time and time again, but never before with pumpkin icing. Of course, I taste tested and they are pumpkin lover approved! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cupcakes 

  • 18.25 oz Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix*
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 fat cream cheese (do not use fat free)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 tbsp packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers.
Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Add pumpkin puree and water, mix about 2 minutes.
 cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
 For the frosting, 
 the cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar until smooth. You can use a spatula to ice the cupcakes or pipe them which may require making more frosting.
Makes 24
*Betty Crocker has reduced their cake mixes, so read the labels on your box. Dunkin Hines still carries 18.25 oz boxes.

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