Thursday, October 28, 2010

Candy Corn Cupcakes (and they're low calorie!)

For some reason, I am completely obsessed with candy corn this Halloween season. I can't get enough of the stuff! And I've always loved the way it looks. You see candy corn and you know, it's fall! So my recent enamor with candy corn inspired these cupcakes I made for our Halloween lunch at work tomorrow.

(I was trying to multi-task too much, so sorry about the lack of pictures.)

So, here's what you need to make these cupcakes:

Lemon cake mix
Orange cake mix
2 cans of Sprite Zero
Food coloring
2 to 3 tubs of fat-free Cool Whip
Candy corn

And here's how you make them:

1. First, make the lemon cake. It's so easy! Pour the lemon cake mix into a bowl. Pour in a whole can of Sprite Zero. Beat with an electric mixer until all the dry mix is incorporated. I added a few drops of yellow food coloring to make sure it had a nice yellow color.

2. Next, make the orange cake. Same as above, mix the orange cake mix and Sprite Zero with an electric mixer. Again, I tried to pump up the orange color with some food coloring.

3. Get your cupcake cups ready. Personally, I spray the cups so the cake doesn't stick to the paper.

4. Fill the cups a little less than halfway with the lemon cake mix. (I used this pancake pen to get the batter in the cups without making a mess. It is A-MAZ-ING.)

5. Next, cover the lemon batter in the cups with orange batter.

6. Bake according to cake mix directions.

7. Let cool! (This is important! The icing is just Cool Whip so if you put it on while they're still hot it will melt.)

8. Top with Cool Whip. (I used a Ziploc bag to pipe out the icing, but if you are fancy and have a piping bag, go for it.)

9. Garnish with candy corn!

According to the boxes, this should have made 48 cupcakes, but I only got 30 out of it. You could make smaller cupcakes and get more.

Here's the final product:

Check out the side view. See the different colors?

Ok, and the best thing about these cupcakes - they're healthy! By replacing the eggs and oil and the sugary frosting, we've cut out a ton of calories. From what I've figured up, these are about 2.5 Weight Watchers points apiece (for the number of cupcakes I made). Is that awesome or what?

Happy Halloween!

1 comment:

Leigh said...

Made these last night and they were delicious! Thanks for the cute idea. Post more!