It wouldn’t be Christmas without the traditional eggnog. But, what is it really? It’s a delicious sweetened dairy based beverage which typically consists of milk, nutmeg, and eggs. The eggs give it a frothy texture. Sometimes cream is used to replace some or all the milk to make it even richer. This year I thought it might be fun to make cupcakes adding eggnog. They’re a whole lot skinnier since using light eggnog instead of the full fat kind. You’ll save time by starting with a cake mix. These super moist cupcakes are topped with a decadent but skinny cream cheese frosting. You can decorate them ahead of time or let everybody top their own with a little red and green colored sugar or sprinkles!
Prep Time: 15 minutes including the frosting
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients for Cupcakes:
1 package Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
1 (3.4 oz) package instant pudding
1 cup light eggnog
½ cup warm water
¼ cup reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, I like Eggland’s Best eggs
2 egg whites
Ingredients for Frosting:
4 ounces (½ of an 8 ounce package) reduced-fat cream cheese
1½ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon reduced-fat milk
Red and green colored sugar for decorating, if desired
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Line the cups with cupcake papers.
2. In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer, combine all the cupcake ingredients except the eggs and whites. Beat well.
3. Add the eggs, egg whites and mix well.
4. Fill each cupcake cup just to the top. Do not mound or over fill.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let them cool before frosting. Bake the remaining 6 cupcakes and cool.
6. To make the frosting- using a mixer, whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add the powder sugar, milk and mix until smooth. It should be quite thick.
7. Frost each cupcake and sprinkle with colored sugars, if desired.
8. Store in the refrigerator.
Makes 18 cupcakes (each serving 1 frosted cupcake)
Although debatable, eggnog probably came from England. The ingredients for the drink were too expensive and uncommon for the lower classes but it was popular among the aristocracy.
Light eggnog (reduced-fat and calories) can be found in most supermarkets or Trader Joe’s.
The brand Silk, makes a soy-based eggnog during the holidays for vegans or those who are milk sensitive.
I love to serve these cupcakes slightly warmed by zapping them in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
Weight Watchers (old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 frosted cupcake
247cal, 8g fat, 4g protein, 40g carbs, 0g fiber, 304mg sodium, 15g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 frosted cupcake using full fat ingredients
390 cal, 20g fat, 4g protein, 50g carbs, 0g fiber, 326mg sodium, 23g sugar