Low-Calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake Recipe

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Bite it! Hungry Girl's Spiced Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes
HG's Spiced Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes

Get a Latte This...

You're not dreaming... We've made guilt-free cupcakes inspired by everyone's favorite seasonal coffee drink. This recipe is a must-make, people!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Cool: 35 minutes

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

1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
1 3/4 cups moist-style spice cake mix
1/3 cup egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Dash nutmeg

1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, or spray it 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 pumpkin with coffee granules, and stir to dissolve. Add remaining cupcake ingredients, and mix until smooth and uniform. Evenly distribute batter 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 25 minutes out of the pan.

Evenly frost cupcakes, and top with pumpkin pie spice.


Serving Size: 1 cupcake (1/12th of recipe)
Calories: 142
Fat: 4.5g
Sat Fat: 2g
Sodium: 272mg
Carbs: 22.5g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 13g
Protein: 2.5g

PointsPlus® value 4*
SmartPoints® value 6*

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 piping. Ta-da!

Fight it! Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes, Average
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes, Average

Naughty Spice...

If you spend a fair amount of time on the Internet -- like we do -- you may have noticed a trend on food blogs and Pinterest: pumpkin spice latte cupcakes. And while some trends baffle us (like the resurgence of overalls... really?), we totally get this one. There's only one problem: The nutritional stats that go along with each sweet treat is a bit higher than we'd like, especially considering that you may be left alone with a whole batch in your abode. The good news? We've developed an incredible swap -- moist pumpkin cake with just the right amount of coffee flavor, plus a super-yummy frosting. And the calorie count is completely low! The bad news? We can't do anything to help you fight the urge to eat them all at once (or to do it in your "trendy" overalls). Good thing you can have TWO of ours for far fewer calories and fat grams than traditional versions...

Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Calories: 386
Fat: 23g
Sodium: 343mg
Carbs: 41g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 27g
Protein: 3.5g

PointsPlus® value 11*


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