How to Bake a Healthier Cupcake

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Learn how to bake a healthier cupcake that's still delicious! These recipes use simple tips and tricks to lighten them up.

Blueberry Cupcakes

The "secret ingredient" in these coconut- infused blueberry cupcakes—mashed potatoes—gives the cake great texture, almost like pound cake. Because it’s low in calories and fat, you can spread a generous amount of frosting on each cupcake.

Get the recipe: Blueberry Cupcakes

Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes

The chopped cherries blend into the ultra-rich chocolate cake, giving it a slight cherry flavor while keeping it super-moist with little added oil. The combination of reduced-fat cream cheese and sour cream gives the frosting cheesecake-like flavor with fewer calories.

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

These vanilla-infused cupcakes are made with applesauce as a fat—replacer for butter. Thickened evaporated milk works as a great base for the rich and creamy chocolate frosting. Dark chocolate lovers, be sure to use bittersweet chocolate.

Get the recipe: Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Creative Cupcake Ideas

To make your cupcakes look even more festive, try baking them in decorative paper cupcake liners. And jazz up the frosting with natural, plant-based food dyes.

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Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes

Chef Bryan Vietmeier makes these terrifically moist and carroty cupcakes for Seattle's Take 5 Urban Market. He suggests freezing the cupcakes before frosting to firm them up, preventing crumbs.

Get the recipe: Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes

Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes

Inspired by red velvet cake, this cupcake batter is a glorious magenta color. Adding chocolate turns the batter purple before it is baked into delicious cupcakes that don't taste at all like beets.

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes

Tomato Soup Spice Cupcakes

Flavorful spice cupcakes get super-moist and delicious when they're made with our secret ingredient...tomato soup. Better make a double batch...these will disappear quickly.

Get the recipe: Tomato Soup Spice Cupcakes

Country Wedding Cupcakes

These little cakes are perfect for an informal wedding or any kind of social gathering. Be sure to ice them and add the lavender bundles the day before.

Get the recipe: Country Wedding Cupcakes

Eggnog Cream Cupcakes

Get in the holiday spirit with these delicious, non-traditional cupcakes!

Get the recipe: Eggnog Cream Cupcakes

Ginger Island Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a seriously moist, seriously intense combination of spice cake, maple cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut.

Get the recipe: Ginger Island Cupcakes

Golden Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Our moist cupcakes topped with smooth chocolate frosting are really something to celebrate. Even guests who don’t need to eat gluten-free will be asking for these at their next party.

Get the recipe: Golden Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Midsummer Wedding Cupcakes

Accompanied with plenty of strawberries, these simple cupcakes can serve as both wedding cakes and seasonal desserts. Put your leftover strawberries to good use!

Get the recipe: Midsummer Wedding Cupcakes

Pink and Pretty Cupcakes

Soft and delicate, this cupcake design is particularly suited 
to nearly any occasion. The simple decoration is 
easy and achievable no matter your level of experience.

Get the recipe: Pink and Pretty Cupcakes

S'Mores Cupcakes

Wishing you had a fire to roast marshmallows? Try these equally delicious s'mores cupcakes instead!

Click here for the recipe: S'Mores Cupcakes

Apple Cupcakes With Cinnamon-Marshmallow Frosting

Shredded apple replaces some of the oil and keeps the cake moist in these cinnamon-spiked cupcakes. There is a generous amount of fluffy marshmallow frosting to mound or pipe on top for a festive look.

Get the recipe: Apple Cupcakes With Cinnamon-Marshmallow Frosting


Test Kitchen Manager Stacy Fraser has baked with her son, Sawyer, since he was tall enough to reach the counter from a stepstool. When she makes cupcakes, she tries to keep the ingredients as healthy as possible for her son and his friends, and since they're individually wrapped, she feels less tempted to overindulge.

Even though they're easier, she tries to steer clear of the boxed cake mixes and frosting tubs that contain artificial flavors, colors and ingredients she can't pronounce.

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