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05.21.10
 

 
Red velvet cake has always been a bit of an enigma. Is it chocolate? (Sort of!) Is it vanilla? (Nah, not really!) Awww, who cares -- IT'S RED! Check out a new recipe, a new couple, a scary shocker, and more. Yippee!    


Mini Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
PER SERVING (1 mini pie): 108 calories, 2g fat, 210mg sodium, 20g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*


Whoopie pies are not only delicious but also SUPER cute. Here's our adorable swap -- tinted red and stuffed with crème!




Ingredients:
2 tbsp. Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
1/4 cup Cool Whip Free, thawed
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
One 25-calorie packet hot cocoa mix (like Swiss Miss Diet or Nestlé Fat Free)
Dash salt
1 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
2 drops red food coloring
1/3 cup devil's food cake mix
1/3 cup yellow cake mix
2 1/2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the filling, place marshmallow creme in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 5 - 10 seconds, until soft and easy to stir. Let cool slightly. Add Cool Whip and vanilla extract, and stir until completely mixed. Refrigerate until your pies are ready to be assembled.

Place cocoa mix, salt, and 1/2 tbsp. chocolate chips in a glass. Add 1/4 cup very hot water, and stir until ingredients have dissolved. Add food coloring and 1/4 cup cold water, and mix well.

Pour cocoa mixture into a bowl. Add cake mixes and egg substitute. Using a whisk or fork, mix batter for about 2 minutes, until smooth and blended. Batter will be thin, but your pies will puff up once baked. Add remaining 1/2 tbsp. chocolate chips and lightly stir.

Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray. Spoon batter into the pan, evenly distributing it among all 12 cups (only about 1 heaping tbsp. per cup). Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a "pie half" comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Once cool, use a knife to carefully loosen the pie halves and remove them from the pan.

Place 6 pie halves flat-side up on a plate. Spoon filling on top of the plated halves, evenly distributing it among them. Place one of the remaining pie halves, flat-side down, on top of each filling-covered pie half. Whoopie, you're done!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS
New Hot Couple!

Nabisco 100 Cal Oreo Thin Crisps + Yoplait Light Red Velvet Cake Yogurt
PER SERVING (1/2 pack Thin Crisps + one 6-oz. container yogurt): 150 calories, 1g fat, 165mg sodium, 29.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 19g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Assembling this duo is simple: Just lightly crush up half a pack of those li'l chocolate crisps, pour the pieces into the yogurt, and swirl 'em in. Yogurty snacks are 36 percent more fun and delicious with cookies mixed in; it's a fact. You could also dip uncrushed Oreo Thins into the creamy cake-flavored yogurt, DunkAroo-style. The choice is yours...
From the HG Archives...

It's our classic, 134-calorie Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes! We love them sooooo much and think you will too!

Out on the Town...

BEAT IT! Claim Jumper Red Velvet Cupcake
PER SERVING (1 cupcake): 796 calories, ~35.5g fat, 537mg sodium, 112g carbs, 1g fiber, sugars n.a., 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 22*

Here's the thing: The average slice of frosted red velvet cake will cost you around 500 calories and 25g fat. But if you think the cup-contained stature of this dessert makes it a decent choice, guess again. Almost 800 calories for a CUPCAKE? Skip. It.

EAT IT! P.F. Chang's Mini Red Velvet Cake
PER SERVING (1 dessert): 130 calories, 7g fat, 85mg sodium, 18g carbs, 0g fiber, sugars n.a., 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

We LOVE the mini-dessert craze. It's great. You can get a cute, portion-controlled serving all to yourself. Tiny, but tasty.
CHEW ON THIS:
Friday, May 21st, is National Strawberries and Cream Day. Red velvet cake has the same colors as strawberries 'n cream... but tastes nothing like it. If you want to celebrate the creamy fruit duo, make our Super-Duper Strawberry Shortcake!
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