Guilt Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing
|Sugar substitute with fiber||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Preferably Splenda)|
|Light brown sugar||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), packed|
|Egg substitute||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (At Room Temperature)|
|Buttermilk||1 Cup (16 tbs) (At Room Temperature)|
|Fat free sour cream||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (At Room Temperature)|
|Brewed coffee||2 Tablespoon|
|Whole wheat flour||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Cocoa powder||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Peanut butter icing||1 Cup (16 tbs) (Recipe Follows)|
|Confectioners sugar substitute||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Reduced fat creamy peanut butter||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Light butter spread||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (At Room Temperature)|
|Pure vanilla extract||3⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Kosher salt||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Fat free half and half||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (To Taste)|
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners, if desired, or spray with cooking spray.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter spread and 2 sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium, add the egg substitute 1/4 cup at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in thirds to the mixer bowl, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix only until blended. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it’s completely blended.
Divide the batter among the cupcake pans (1 rounded standard ice cream scoop per cup is the right amount). Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter spread, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the half and half and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth. Reserve half of the icing for your next batch. These will go fast!
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