Thursday, September 29, 2011

{Skinny} Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Um...excuse me...a cupcake WITH frosting that only has 121 calories, YES PLEASE!  Not only are these great in the calorie department, but they are beyond delicious.  Just don't judge them by my piping job, one of these days I will get a tip that actually works :)

For those of you counting Weight Watcher points, this has been calculated out for you already... 3 points, and that's with the frosting.  So go ahead, indulge!

{Skinny} Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
From:  Skinny Taste

18.25 oz Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix* (I ended up using a yellow cake mix)
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin 
1 cup water

For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 fat cream cheese (do not use fat free) 
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine) 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
5 tbsp packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers. Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Add pumpkin puree and water, mix about 2 minutes.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar until smooth. You can use a spatula to ice the cupcakes or pipe them which may require making more frosting.  Makes 24

*Betty Crocker has reduced their cake mixes, so read the labels on your box. Dunkin Hines still carries 18.25 oz boxes.

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