Low-Calorie Maple-Bacon Cupcakes

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Bite it! Hungry Girl's Mind-Blowing Maple-Bacon Cupcakes
HG's Mind-Blowing Maple-Bacon Cupcakes

The Cupcake Comeback

Sure, the cupcake trend may have died down, but cupcakes are still delicious -- always will be. We're ready to revive the buzz with a maple-bacon spin you'll flip for...

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Cool: 25 minutes

1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup light butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
2 tbsp. lite maple syrup
1/8 tsp. maple extract
1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 3/4 cups moist-style yellow cake mix
1/2 cup liquid egg whites/fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/3 cup no-sugar added applesauce
2 tbsp. lite maple syrup 
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. maple extract

2 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon (like the kind by Oscar Mayer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine all frosting ingredients except powdered sugar. With an electric mixer set to medium speed, beat until smooth, 1 - 2 minutes. Continue to beat while gradually adding powdered sugar. Beat until smooth, another 1 - 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.

In another large bowl, combine all cupcake ingredients. Add 3/4 cup water, and whisk until smooth.

Evenly distribute cupcake mixture among the cups of the muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 16 - 18 minutes.

Let cool completely, about 10 minutes in the pan and 15 minutes out of the pan.

Evenly frost cupcakes, and sprinkle with bacon.


Serving Size: 1 cupcake (1/12th of recipe)
Calories: 162
Fat: 5.5g
Sat Fat: 2g
Sodium: 335mg
Carbs: 25.5g
Fiber: <0.5g
Sugars: 16g
Protein: 2.5g

PointsPlus® value 4*
SmartPoints® value 7*

HG Tip: To make your cupcakes look extra schmancy, apply the frosting with a DIY piping bag. Just transfer the frosting to a plastic bag, and squeeze it down toward a bottom corner. Snip off that corner with scissors, creating a small hole for the piping. Ta-da!

Fight it! Maple-Bacon Cupcakes, Average
Maple-Bacon Cupcakes, Average

Cupcake Mistake

Cupcakes had their big moment circa 2010. And let's be fair -- they had a good run as the hot single-serving dessert du jour. But a couple of years back, it became clear that cupcakes were pretty much tapped out. Macarons were the next hot thing; then cake pops; then cronuts. Could cupcakes be poised to come back around? Our new recipe would certainly indicate so! There's maple flavor baked into the moist cake itself, a gooey maple-cream-cheese icing on top, and yummy crumbled bacon to top it all off. Did we mention the impressive stats? Get a maple-bacon cupcake anywhere else, and it'll have around 400 calories and nearly 20 grams of fat! Stick with our recipe, and you'll skip the inevitable sugar crash and the post-dessert regret. Mmmm… Who wants cupcakes?

Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Calories: 392
Fat: 17g
Sodium: 350mg
Carbs: 56g
Fiber: <0.5g
Sugars: 38g
Protein: 5g

PointsPlus® value 11*

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