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Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Instant coffee intensifies the chocolate richness of these cupcakes. To repeat the Halloween theme, decorate them with plastic cake toppers, licorice, jelly beans, or candy sprinkles. For thicker frosting, cover and chill for 10 minutes before spreading on the cupcakes. Refrigerate frosted cupcakes overnight; cover lightly with plastic wrap, or store them in an airtight container.

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

Nutrition Information

  • calories 203
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 6.8 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 4.8 g
  • carbohydrate 32.4 g
  • fiber 1.2 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • iron 1.3 mg
  • sodium 211 mg
  • calcium 53 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cupcakes, place the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes).

  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt), stirring well with a whisk. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition just until blended.

  4. Place 16 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups; spoon about 2 1/2 tablespoons batter into each cup. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out with moist crumbs attached (do not overbake). Remove cupcakes from pans; cool on a wire rack.

  5. To prepare frosting, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat until smooth. Spread about 1 tablespoon frosting on top of each cupcake.

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