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Hungry Girl Today: 11.10.09



HG's Very Vanilla Fluffcakes

Mellow Yellow

Here you go, people -- totally simple, totally guilt-free vanilla cupcakes that

you can make in your very own home. And, EXCITING NEWS, they're a bit

larger and fluffier than the average HG cupcake. Let the vanilla begin!


For Frosting

1 1/4 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed

1 1/2 tbsp. Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix

For Cupcakes

Half of an 18.25-oz. box (about 1 1/2 cups) moist-style yellow cake mix

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1 cup Sprite Zero (or another diet lemon-lime soda), room temperature

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup liquid egg whites or (about 4) raw egg whites

For Topping

3 tbsp. rainbow sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the frosting, combine Cool Whip with pudding mix in a bowl, and

mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until cupcakes are ready to be


In a large bowl, combine cake mix with baking powder and stir until free of

lumps. Add soda and vanilla extract, and stir or whisk until batter is smooth.

Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whip egg whites with a handheld electric mixer set to

medium speed until fluffy, about 1 - 2 minutes. Gently mix egg whites into

the cake batter until thoroughly combined.

Line 9 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups and/or spray with

nonstick spray. Evenly distribute batter among the 9 cups. Cups will be VERY

full -- this is okay!

Bake for 15 - 17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a

cupcake comes out fairly clean. Set aside and allow to cool completely.

Once cupcakes have cooled, top each evenly with the frosting and 1 tsp.

sprinkles. Chomp chomp!


Serving Size: 1 frosted cupcake with sprinkles

Calories: 164

Fat: 3g

Sodium: 293mg

Carbs: 30g

Fiber: 0g

Sugars: 16g

Protein: 2.5g

PointsPlus® value 4*


Vanilla Cupcake, Average

Vanilla Mean

Why has it taken us so long to create the PERFECT no-guilt vanilla

cupcakes? It's not because we don't like 'em. We LOVE sweet little frosted

yellow cakes, but frankly, we decided to take it easy after spending so much

time and energy on the "Yo, Cupcake!" chapter of Hungry Girl 200 Under

200. Now that we've had some time off from portion-controlled cakes, we're

ready to take on this classic. Why go to a fancy cupcake boutique and order

a frosted explosion of cakey calories? Those things are WAY too big anyway.

Our buddy the Diet Detective (a.k.a. Charles Stuart Platkin) found a vanilla

cupcake from a popular NYC bakery with 780 calories and about 36 fat

grams. EEEEKS! And while your average frosted treat has significantly less,

we're never gonna be on board with spending nearly 20 grams of fat on a

few bites of sweetness. Whip up a batch of our low-calorie cuppycakes, and

then share 'em with friends... you know, so you're not tempted to eat 'em all

at once.

Serving Size: 1 frosted cupcake

Calories: 348

Fat: 17g

Sodium: 315mg

Carbs: 44g

Fiber: 0g

Sugars: 36g

Protein: 1g

PointsPlus® value 9*

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Today, November 10th, is National Vanilla Cupcake Day. To celebrate, we've

FINALLY made our own lightened-up version. Behold, HG's Very Vanilla

Fluffcakes! Alright, enough beholding. Let's eat...

Click "send to a friend," and share this ROCKIN' cupcake recipe with pals,

family members, and various and sundry acquaintances.



*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

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