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Hungry Girl Today: 10.10.12

Hey Lisa,

You've given me a lot of good tips and recipes for making easy guilt-free cakes... with club soda, canned pumpkin, and MORE! But what should I use as icing or frosting?

Frosted Kate

Hi Frosty,

Great question! I'm always sharing two-ingredient cake ideas, but you don't have to leave those cakes naked to keep the stats impressive. Check out my best icing/frosting tips, plus a mini recipe for my favorite frosting...

Pudding Power - Let's face it -- real frosting is NOT guilt-free, but it tastes fantastic. That's why I like to mix sugar-free pudding with some REAL frosting -- you get a decadent, gooey topping that won't make a huge dent in your cake's nutritionals. All you need is one sugar-free pudding snack with 60 calories or less (like the kinds by Jell-O) and 1/3 cup frosting to top an entire cake. This works great for both vanilla and chocolate toppings. Need some inspiration? Check out my Chocolate-on-Chocolate Frosted Cake and this fudgy frosted brownie recipe!

The Powdered Sugar Special - When it comes to guilt-free icing for cinnamon buns, Danishes, and other pastries, I turn to powdered sugar. It's super sweet, it dissolves well in liquid, and a little goes a long way. Just mix 2 tbsp. powdered sugar with 1 tsp. water and a drop of vanilla extract. Easy peasy! That'll top a bunch of cinnamon buns, a multi-serving Danish, or about a dozen pastries. Click here for a cran-apple Danish recipe featuring this icing!

HG's Crazy-Amazing Cream-Cheese Frosting
1/8th of recipe (1 heaping tbsp.): 20 calories, <0.5g fat, 71mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus