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HG's Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes
HG's Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes

Red HOT!
These cupcakes are so moist, so delicious, so RED, and so completely guilt-free, that writing extra words to introduce this recipe would be a complete and total waste of everyone's time. So here ya go... HG's Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes!

Ingredients:

For Frosting
6 tbsp. Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
6 tbsp. Cool Whip Free, thawed
1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)

For Cupcakes
1 cup Pillsbury Moist Supreme Reduced Sugar Cake Mix, Devil's Food**
1 cup Pillsbury Moist Supreme Reduced Sugar Cake Mix, Classic Yellow**
Two 25-calorie diet hot cocoa mix packets
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 oz. red food coloring
1 tsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:
Place half of your chocolate chips (2 tbsp.) and the contents of both cocoa packets in a tall glass. Add 12 ounces of boiling water, and stir until chips and cocoa mix have dissolved. Place glass in the freezer until mixture is cold (about 30 minutes). Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together marshmallow creme, cream cheese, and 1 tbsp. Splenda until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Place bowl in the fridge to chill until cupcakes are ready to be frosted. Once the cocoa in the freezer has chilled, give it a stir, and pour it into a large mixing bowl. Add the cake mixes, egg substitute, remaining chocolate chips, red food coloring, 1 tsp. Splenda, and salt. Using a whisk or fork, mix batter for about 2 minutes (until smooth and blended). Batter will be thin, but don't worry, your cupcakes will puff up once baked! Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups, and spray lightly with nonstick spray (or simply spray the pan with nonstick spray). Evenly spoon batter into the pan. Place pan in the oven, and bake for 15 - 20 minutes. Cupcakes will look shiny when done. Once cupcakes have cooled completely, evenly spread the frosting over them. Enjoy! MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 frosted cupcake
Calories: 134
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 266mg
Carbs: 25g
Fiber: 0.75g
Sugars: 11g
Protein: 3g

POINTS® value 3*

Red Velvet Cupcake, Average
Red Velvet Cupcake, Average

Code RED!
There's so much conflicting info about the history of red velvet cake. Some credit the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias for its popularity. Others say the fact that it was Jessica Simpson's wedding cake (when she married Nick back in 2002) helped bring this Southern favorite into the mainstream. There's even an urban legend that a woman was so obsessed with the version served at the Waldorf-Astoria (the fancy schmancy hotel in NYC) that she asked for the recipe, was charged $100 for it, and then proceeded to share it with everyone she knew (like the eerily similar Neiman Marcus cookie fable, we're pretty sure this is completely untrue). There's also conflicting info about how it should be made and exactly what goes in it. Is it vanilla flavored? Strictly chocolate? And why is it such an unnatural shade of crimson? You know what -- we really could not care less about ANY of this. WE just wanted to come up with a version that's AMAZINGLY delicious and guilt-free -- one that doesn't contain a gazillion calories' worth of buttermilk, flour, and sugar. And guess what? We succeeded. WITH FLYING COLORS! Please, PLEASE try this recipe as soon as humanly possible. You'll FLIP over it!

Serving Size: 1 frosted cupcake
Calories: 500
Fat: 27g
Sodium: 430mg
Carbs: 62g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 45g
Protein: 6g

POINTS® value 12*

  **Can't find the reduced-sugar cake mix? No problem! Make this recipe with regular cake mix, and each cupcake will have just 140 calories and a POINTS® value of 3*.
CHEW ON THIS:
Today, January 22nd, is National Blonde Brownie Day. We're thinking of insisting that it become Red Velvet Cupcake Day instead!
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.