Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Low Point Cupcake Recipe

Going back on Weight Watchers has put a cramp in my cupcake style. For the plan I'm on, I have 35 "points" that I can play around with each week (an average of 5 a day) to eat whatever I want. Sadly, though, regular cupcakes are 5-8 points (and sometimes more if it's got fancy frosting)! Yikes! That leaves no room for things like, say, bread (it's hard to have a sandwich without bread).

Weight Watchers has a popular cake recipe where you mix a box of cake mix with a can of diet soda instead of the oil and eggs. Making cupcakes this way gets you surprisingly yummy cupcakes but they are 3 points each before frosting....and who wants to eat a cupcake without frosting?

So I set to work in my magical kitchen to whip up a low-point cupcake concoction of my very own. The results were a bit of a hybrid brownie-cupcake (it's a bit more dense than a regular cupcake) but Joe really liked them (and he's not on Weight Watchers) and overall, I think they're pretty good. And the best part is that after you add 1 Tablespoon of frosting, they come to just 2 points. Just 2 points! That means I can have 2 if I want! Woo Hoo!


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat four
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup Splenda
  • 6 oz. Diet Coke w/ Splenda
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Silk Vanilla Soy Milk
  • 1 tub Duncan Hines Creamy Chocolate Frosting

  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 16 cupcake wells
    2. Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
    3. Add Soda, vanilla and soy milk to dry ingredients and mix until just well blended
    4. Use a Pampered Chef Medium Scoop to put 1 scoop of batter into each well (or fill each cup about halfway). Bake for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center come out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.
    5. Once cupcakes are completely cool, top with 1 Tablespoon frosting.

    6. Note from the editor: This recipe contains ingredients that may be genetically modified or are otherwise not endorsed by Creative Green Living. This recipe remains on the site for those who would like to access old posts from through the archive


      1. Man, those look yummy. They would slip me into a diabetic coma. LOL! Sometimes it bites being a Type 1 Daibetic. *sigh*

        Great baking though! I can just look at them and dream.

      2. Those look tasty, but Diet Soda?

        You didn't knit a cupcake thing, did you?

      3. No, Sassy I didn't knit a cupcake.

      4. Carissa... we're posting this recipe in our next newsletter (feb. 5th). I love it.. I'm a complete cupcakeaholic. Now I can have my cake and eat it too! -Babette

      5. I just stumbled upon this recipe the other day and made the cupcakes tonight. YUMMY!!! What a great one point treat. I left off the frosting and just sprinkled them with a little powdered sugar. Got any more one point wonders to share??

      6. Tamra...

        Glad you like my cupcakes. I haven't been on weight watchers for a couple years now so if I had any amazing 1 pt. recipes, I don't remember them. I do really like the little snack cakes that weight watchers sells. I also like the fruities. You can have a whole package for 1 point I think.


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