While in Santa Barbara this weekend for "spring break" we visited one of my favorite restaurants (The Palace Cafe) and made some of my favorite low fat recipes. I brought spaghetti squash casserole, made whole wheat blueberry pancakes for breakfast one morning, and for dessert one night, my delicious Secretly Low Fat Red Velvet Cupcakes. These are made just like the chocolate ones I shared once before- a box mix, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of pureed pumpkin. Then I frost them with a low fat cream cheese frosting. They are so moist and yummy, no one knew they were low fat until I told them- and this included men, women and children!
Secretly Low Fat Red Velvet Cupcakes
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup water
1 8oz. package low fat cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 cup cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray. In mixing bowl add cake mix, pumpkin and water. Stir by hand until well mixed and no lumps are visible. Spoon evenly into 12 cupcake spots, and bake 18-22 minutes. Test with a toothpick.
For frosting, in a mixing bowl add room-temp, softened cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla and one box of powdered sugar. Mix with electric mixer and beat just until smooth. Transfer frosting to a piping bag (or Ziploc bag with corner cut out) and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Decorate with red crystals if desired.
Each cupcake is 6 points. These are really good, and can be a red light food (pun intended) so I bake them to share, making sure I only get one or two for myself.