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Red velvet insanity cupcakes

Red velvet insanity cupcakes
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Lisa Lillien considers the bowl of cocktail wieners simmered in a quick-fix barbecue sauce as if she were appraising a fine wine. First, she swirls -- to evaluate the richness. Then, she sniffs. Tasting a spoonful of the sauce, she ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time for the cupcakes | Makes 12 cupcakes


  • 6 tablespoons Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  • 1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon granulated Splenda No Calorie Sweetener
  • 6 tablespoons Cool Whip Free, thawed

Step 1In a medium mixing bowl, combine the marshmallow creme, cream cheese and sweetener and mix well. Fold in the Cool Whip and refrigerate, covered, until the cupcakes are ready to be frosted. This makes about two-thirds cup frosting.

Cupcakes and assembly

  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 (25-calorie) packets diet hot cocoa mix
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup moist-style devil's food cake mix ( 1/4 of an 18.25-ounce box)
  • 1 cup moist-style yellow cake mix ( 1/4 of an 18.25-ounce box)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon granulated Splenda No Calorie Sweetener
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray, optional
  • Frosting

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2In a tall glass, place half of the mini chocolate chips and the contents of both cocoa packets. Add the boiling water and stir until the chips and cocoa mix have dissolved. Add the cold water and mix well.

Step 3Pour the cocoa mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the cake mixes, egg substitute, remaining chocolate chips, food coloring, sweetener and salt. Whisk until smooth and blended, about 2 minutes. The batter will be thin, but don't worry -- your cupcakes will puff up once baked!

Step 4Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups or spray with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute the batter among the cups. Bake in the oven until puffed and shiny and the cakes spring back lightly when touched, 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 5Cool the cupcakes completely, then evenly distribute the frosting over the tops.

Note: Adapted from "Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories" by Lisa Lillien. Lillien writes, "You'd have to be insane to not flip over these brightly colored little cakes.".


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