Looking for a rich and delicious dessert recipe that tastes like a million bucks but won’t use up all your points?
Try this healthy cupcake recipe for Chocolate Raspberry cupcakes, and you will seriously forget you are on a diet. Made with fresh fruit instead of artificially sweetened syrups and topped with a creamy and flavorful cream cheese frosting, this light cupcake is a real treat.
The cake itself is moist and delicious, and the frosting is so yummy, that I was tempted to just eat the whole bowl of it with a spoon. Chocolate and raspberry have always been a favorite flavor combination of mine, and using the two of them in this low calorie cupcake recipe turned out oh so good.
Though it’s not an official one of WW Dessert Recipes, each of these little decadent cupcakes make the perfect end to any meal, or the perfect WW friendly treat to reward yourself with. Enjoy!
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY CUPCAKE RECIPE
- 1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup plain applesauce
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup nonfat buttermilk
- 2 cups chopped raspberries
- 12 fresh raspberries for garnish
- 6 oz reduced-fat cream cheese - (at room temperature)
- ½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- To prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with paper liners.
- Whisk whole-wheat flour, cake flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- Beat granulated sugar and applesauce in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in egg and 1 tsp of the vanilla until well combined.
- With the mixer on low, alternately mix in the dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting and ending with dry ingredients and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined.
- Fold in chopped raspberries until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared cups (they will be full).
- Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 26 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
- To prepare frosting: Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, remaining tsp of vanilla extract, yogurt, and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate the frosting until very cold, about 2 hours.
- Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and decorate with a fresh raspberry on top.