Amazing Skinny Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Sweetheart


The old saying goes, ” The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well my saying goes, “The way to anyone’s heart is with chocolate.” Especially when you present these adorable cupcakes.  What a wonderful way to say I love you!  Some believe Red Velvet cake originally came from Down South and was once the signature dessert at the Waldorf Astoria, in the 1920s.  Red Velvet cake has become an American favorite more recently.

Sprinkles in Beverly Hills makes a very popular Red Velvet cupcake. People line up outside to buy one of these yummers.  I thought it might be fun to remake them skinny!   They taste sinfully delicious when frosted with my Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting.  And, one of these dreamy cakes has 225 calories, 8g fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  Just one of Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcakes has 497 calories and almost 27 grams of fat!

Prep Time: 15 minutes (including the frosting)

Bake time: 25-35 minutes

Ingredients for Cake:

1 (16.5 oz) Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake Mix

2 tablespoons flour

1 (3.4 oz) package of instant chocolate pudding mix

1 cup buttermilk

½ cup warm water

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 ounce bottle of red food coloring

2 eggs, I love Egg-Land’s Best eggs

2 whites

Ingredients for Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting:

4 ounces (½ of an 8 ounce package of reduced-fat cream cheese), see shopping tip

1½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon reduced-fat milk

Valentine candy for decorations, 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 of the cupcake ingredients except the eggs and whites.  Beat well.

3. Add the eggs and egg whites and beat 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 decorate with a Valentine candy, red and pink sugar or sprinkles, if desired.

8. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes 18 cupcakes

Food Fact

Some food historians think red velvet cake originated as a devil’s food cake.  Chocolate devil’s food cakes became very popular in the early 1900s.  Though some believe a chemical reaction between the old-style baking sodas and processed cocoa powders sometimes gave the cake a red tint, this phenomenon is actually created by adding a generous amount of red coloring.

Shopping Tip

You’ll fine decorative cupcake papers or festive candies at most supermarkets or crafts stores such as Michael’s.

Substitution Tip

You can prepare the cake batter and bake in a Bundt pan instead of the making cupcakes.  Coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray.  Fill cake pan evenly with batter.  Bake for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. When cake is cooled a little, remove from pan.  Cool completely and drizzle frosting over the top of the cake.

Storage Tip

These cupcakes freeze great. I love to bake a recipe, let cool and frost. Once the frosting sets, freeze in plastic containers. When ready to eat, zap in the microwave for about 40 seconds. If you’re using foil lined cupcake papers, be sure to remove them before heating in microwave.  Or, let them defrost on the kitchen counter.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cupcake including frosting
225 calories, 8g fat, 4g prot, 37g carbs, 1g fiber, 387mg sod, 14g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 Sprinkles Cupcake
497 calories, 26.8g fat, 6g protein, 1g fiber, 412mg sodium, 45g sugar

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21 Responses to “Amazing Skinny Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Sweetheart”

  1. Jeremy Maez Says:

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  2. Jenna Says:

    I love red velvet cupcakes–there used to be a Sweet ‘n’ Sassy cupcake shop right next to where I worked, and the red velvet with cream cheese frosting was my absolute favorite! Your cupcakes do look perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  3. The Better Baker Says:

    Yes Please! Seconds too! =) YUMMERS! Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

  4. admin Says:

    Marsha, you are adorable! I’m so happy you liked these. Thanks for hosting another terrific Weekend Potluck!
    All the best,

  5. twheet1600 Says:

    Would it be possible to just use red velvet cake mix and omit the red floor coloring? Just curious the difference. Thanks.

  6. admin Says:

    I’ve never tried Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix but I’m sure if you omit the food coloring and follow my recipe it will taste yummy!
    I’d love to hear how it turned out.
    Best of luck,

  7. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} Says:

    I love skinny delicious treats! Thank you so much for linking these cupcakes up at The Weekend re-treat last weekend! I’ve pinned them to “My Link Party” board so others can see them too!

    Hope to see you again this weekend! The party starts late tonight and runs through Sunday.

  8. admin Says:

    Wonderful Shauna. Thanks for hosting such a fun party!

  9. Sandra - The Foodie Affair Says:

    The cream cheese frosting is a favorite! So festive for Valentine’s Day!

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks Sandra. My favorite frosting too! 🙂

  11. Patricia @ Grab a Plate Says:

    These are adorable! I love that you included an option for the Bundt pan! Yum!

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks Patricia. Have fun! 🙂

  13. Kecia Says:

    My honey loves red velvet! He would be so happy with these!

  14. Heidy@The McCallum's Shamrock Patch Says:

    I always love coming here to find healthy recipes I can enjoy. Love the tips too!!

  15. Elena@as easy as Apple Pie Says:

    These cupcakes are adorable! I love the skinny cream cheese frosting!

  16. Linda (Meal Planning Maven) Says:

    What a yummy Valentine’s treat Nancy!

  17. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Linda!

  18. admin Says:

    I’m glad you like them Elena!

  19. admin Says:

    You are so sweet Heidy. Thank you! 🙂

  20. admin Says:

    Oh good Kecia. Mine does too! 🙂

  21. Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? Says:

    These look fabulous! Love Red Velvet!!

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