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Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes in advance so they have time to cool before you frost them.

Health MARCH 2011

  • Yield: Makes about 48 mini cupcakes (serving size: 1 frosted cupcake)


  • Cupcakes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons pink grapefruit zest
  • Frosting
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, chilled
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pink grapefruit zest and 2 teaspoons pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 drops red food coloring


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To make cupcakes, combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

3. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs; mix until smooth. Add half of flour mixture, and combine; repeat with remaining flour mixture. Add yogurt and vanilla; blend at low speed. Blend in zest. Scoop dough into 48 mini baking cups (about 2/ 3 full); bake until tops spring back when touched lightly in center (about 10 minutes). Remove from oven; cool completely.

4. To make frosting, place cream cheese in a medium bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, grapefruit zest, and grapefruit juice; beat until smooth.

5. Divide the frosting into 2 bowls. Add food coloring to 1 bowl; mix with a spatula until frosting is light pink. Frost cupcakes according to directions in "Ooh! Easy Frosting Trick" (below).

Ooh! Easy Frosting Trick

To frost minis, place a dollop of frosting on top, and swirl with a spatula like a Mini Offset Stainless-Steel Spatula ($16; williams-sonoma.com). Put frosting in a piping bag with a large round tip (or use a zip-top plastic bag with a corner cut off), and pipe a large dollop on top of each cupcake. Then use another bag with a smaller tip and a different color frosting to make a "bull's-eye" on top of each dollop.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 116
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 29mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 76mg
  • Calcium: 27mg

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Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes Recipe