Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting


.
Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting! ūüćst Sweet and springy cupcakes with a creamy, 100% delicious frosting. ¬†Taste tested by friends and family, and enjoyed by ALL. ¬†No one knew these were refined sugar free, low fat, high protein, and whole grain!

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

The grocery store’s baking aisle never ceases to amaze me. ¬†I am mesmerized pretty much every single time I walk through it. ¬†Every location carries different products and different brands¬†at different prices and different sizes… ¬†but there¬†are some¬†things that never change: ¬†boxed baking mixes. ¬†I don’t know why but I love to stare at them. ¬†For¬†a good five minutes, probably. ¬†I guess I like the variety? ¬†From chocolate to vanilla to red velvet¬†to even BLUE velvet. ¬†One particular box always¬†grabs my attention: ¬†the¬†strawberry¬†cake mix. ¬†The cake pictured on the outside¬†of the box is so vibrantly¬†pink and delicious¬†looking, it’s hard not to stare. ¬†You can almost taste it just by looking at it ūüĎÖ

One day, I stopped staring and finally picked up the box to look it over.  I glanced at the nutrition label and read (or, attempted to read) the ingredient list.  My eyes opened wide in shock, I gently placed the box back on the shelf, and walked away in awe.  How could so many bad things come in such a pretty package??  On my drive home, I was determined to make a healthier, all natural, homemade version.

Pink cupcakes for October?  PERFECT.

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Many of you may know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month¬†(the month of pink!), but did y’all know that you can support¬†the fight against breast cancer¬†with cupcakes??

Oh yes ūüôĆ

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

In 2001, KitchenAid first partnered with Susan G. Komen’s foundation, “Cook for the Cure,” which raises funds to support the breast cancer movement and save lives by sparking peoples’ passions for cooking. ¬†To learn more about the¬†Cook for the Cure¬†campaign,¬†click here.

Here we are, 15 years later, in 2016. ¬†Since 2001, KitchenAid has raised over $10,000,000 (!!!) by hosting fundraising events, auctions, etc., all for the Cook for the Cure campaign. ¬†To celebrate this feat and bring more awareness to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I made these (naturally pink) Healthy Strawberry¬†Cupcakes with Strawberry¬†Frosting ūüćď

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

By baking cupcakes and sharing pictures of them on your Twitter or Instagram, you can help fight against breast cancer! ūüíē

.

For every Tweet and Instagram post of cupcakes tagged:
@KitchenAidUSA #10000cupcakes #donate
KitchenAid will donate $1 to support the fight against breast cancer!

.

KitchenAid is also hosting a giveaway (whoop whoop!). ¬†If you’ve been wanting your very own KitchenAid stand mixer, make sure to enter the KitchenAid + Cook for the Cure sweepstakes¬†where THREE winners will win a cranberry-colored KitchenAid stand mixer!! ¬†Giveaway ends 10/16.

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Almost all of the¬†other strawberry cupcake recipes I saw online called for artificial red food coloring or sugary jello mix… ¬†no thanks. ¬†I was all on my own to handcraft¬†a recipe. ¬†Aaaaand as embarrassing as it is, I gotta tell you the truth — these cupcakes were a long time coming! ¬†It took me four completely failed batches to get these cupcakes to be a success. ¬†Every failed experiment, the cupcakes were¬†incredibly dense and chewy and rubbery and terrible. ¬†The first two batches weren’t sweet at all, the third wasn’t pink (it was actually kind of grey, ew), and the fourth was “okay,” but not something I was proud of.

When the¬†kitchen timer¬†would go¬†off —¬†Riiiiing. ¬†Riiiiing. ¬†Riiiiing. — my heart would jump into my throat. ¬†How would¬†these turn out? ¬†Would they¬†be bland? ¬†Would they be mushy?¬† Should I give up baking for life???

(This is also my first recipe on the blog using whole wheat flour in¬†years.¬† The majority of things on this blog are gluten-free, and everything I make at the bakery I work at¬†is gluten-free too. ¬†It kinda feels like I’m learning to bake for the first time again. ¬†My nerves are up to HERE! *raises hand above head*)

Healthy Strawberry Sponge Cake with Strawberry Frosting

I would slip on my oven gloves and peer through the oven window. ¬†I’d take a deep breath, exhale, open the door, and remove the cakes.

It was only on the 5th¬†batch that things were looking up. ¬†The cupcakes formed perfect little domes, they had a slightly pinkish tint, and they were surprisingly fragrant. ¬†Once the cupcakes were cooled and¬†frosted, I took a bite. ¬†My anxiety slipped away. ¬†I melted. ¬†These¬†Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting are so good, you’ll eat 1, 2, 3 cupcakes. ¬†But no worries, they’re good for ya and totally guilt-free!

15 cupcakes

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray cupcake tins with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour, erythritol, starch, protein powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. *For the strawberries-  rinse the berries, slice the greens off, and puree in a blender until completely smooth.
  4. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the strawberry puree, yogurt, eggs, stevia and vanilla extract.  Mix on low speed until completely mixed.
  5. Turn off the stand mixer and dump in the dry ingredients.  Mix on low speed, then increase the speed to medium.  Mix until JUST incorporated, you don't want to overmix this!  Add the vinegar and quickly fold in with a spoon or spatula.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake tins and bake for ~25 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when tapped.  Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes:

  • If you want cupcakes that are BURSTING with strawberry essence, add ¬ĺ tsp of strawberry extract to the wet ingredients!
  • If you want a gluten-free recipe, check out the Strawberry Cake recipe in my Naughty Or Nice Cookbook.¬† Simply scoop the batter in cupcakes tins rather than cake pans and bake for ~25 minutes.
  • The frosting recipe pictured in this post is also from the cookbook.

Be sure to follow¬†@DessertsWithBenefits on Instagram!¬† If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture of it, tag me @DessertsWithBenefits, and hashtag #DessertsWithBenefits. ¬†I’d love to see it¬†and¬†feature you¬†on #FanFaveFridays!

.

Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

A yummy cupcake for only 110 calories and 2g of fat?  Plus 6g of protein and 3g of fiber??

*falls to knees and bows*

I’ll take it. ¬†I’ll take seven, actually ūüėŹ

This is totally a suitable breakfast option (I mean, I ate these for brekky). ¬†Whole grains, fruit, yogurt, eggs… ¬†this beats a big bowl of sugary cereal by far. ¬†Join me, will ya, and have some cupcakes for breakfast ūüėé

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Enjoy!

.

–¬†Jess

ūüéāūüćīūüíē

.

PS:  Make sure to enter the KitchenAid + Cook for the Cure sweepstakes.
3 winners will win a cranberry-colored KitchenAid stand mixer!!

Giveaway ends 10/16.

12 comments on “Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

  1. Wow. Cakes likes these (I’m thinking carrot cake, since that is what it looks like) are usually calorie bombs, but this… I’m speechless. Sinless. I reaaaaally want to try this, I’m sure all my friends would love it!

  2. Looks so yummy…best time of year for anything strawberry! Do you have a vegan sub for the whey protein concentrate?

    • I’m pretty sure casein or egg white protein powders can replace the whey, but not vegan protein powders. Just note that whey has a sweet taste, so you may need to adjust the sweetness level (most easily done with stevia extract).
      Hope this works out for you!

  3. What can I use in place of the tofu ( I don’t eat soy)?

  4. Pingback: Desserts With Benefits

  5. Pingback: Desserts With Benefits

  6. What an awesome initiative KitchenAid USA is doing! I’m glad they’re supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. And I’m glad YOU made these cute little cupcakes. My dad’s favorite cake was always strawberry. Every year when I wanted to bake him a cake growing up – he’d request strawberry. It’s one of my favorites as well but I couldn’t tell you the last time I had it. I’d love to give these a try!

  7. Thank You for this delicious recipe. I replaced Double Acting Baking powder with aluminum free baking powder along with 1/4 cup olive and 1/3 cup (110g) strawberry jam to it and it was a lip smacking one. I have tried your CINNAMON ROLL OVERNIGHT DESSERT OATS, and it was too good. I make it often, as my son Ryan loves it.

  8. Cannot BELIEVE these are even remotely guilt-free. They just look too tasty! I cannot wait to hear my kids rave unknowingly about these “gluttonous” treats! ūüėČ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *