With only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat, this little cupcake is a guilt-free treat!

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Makes 36 mini cupcakes


3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 Tbsp red food coloring
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
5/8 cup plus 3 Tbsp granulated sugar substitute
2 large egg yolks, beaten
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp cake flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, red food coloring and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together 1⁄4 cup butter and 5⁄8 cup sugar substitute until creamy. Beat in egg yolks for one minute until smooth.
  4. In another large bowl, using electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, vinegar and salt.
  6. In another large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat buttermilk and flour mixture alternately into butter mixture to combine.
  7. Scrape in cocoa mixture and beat for one more minute.
  8. Fold in beaten egg whites.
  9. Divide batter among mini muffin cups and bake for 8–12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for five minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat together cream cheese, remaining 1⁄4 cup butter, remaining 1⁄2 tsp vanilla, remaining 3 Tbsp sugar substitute and milk until smooth and creamy. Spread frosting on top of cupcakes.

Per cupcake 70 calories, 1 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 24 mg cholesterol, 77 mg sodium

From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Winter 2013; Reprinted with permission from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sugar-Free Cooking and Baking by Liz Scott. (Alpha Books, 2012)

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 09 Oct 2013

Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015