Makeover Monday is here! Not only do I have 24 cupcakes staring at me right now while I write this post, but they are 24 DELICIOUS, lightened up cupcakes!
One of my great friends from college used to make cupcakes with applesauce instead of oil. They were actually pretty good so while I was craving cupcakes this weekend, I thought it would be a great idea to experiment. And that is exactly what I did. I replaced the 1/2 cup of oil in the cupcake mix for a 1/4 cup natural Motts applesauce and 1/4 cup Chobani greek yogurt.
These turned out great and I couldn’t be more pleased! To top it off, I also found a great recipe for greek yogurt chocolate icing and used that as well. These did not disappoint and I am excited to share this easy recipe with you. 🙂
Cupcakes (made 24):
1 box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 cup water
1/4 cup Motts natural applesauce
1/4 cup Chobani Greek yogurt
Add all ingredients into the bowl and mix ( I followed the directions off of the cake box).
Line cupcake pans and spray the paper liners with non stick spray. I used dark pans, so I preheated the oven to 325 and baked for 12-15 minutes.
8 Tablespoons of Light Butter
1 cup of Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate morsels**
1 tsp of vanilla
Melt the morsels in the microwave until smooth (I pulled mine out every 20 seconds and stirred). Add butter and mix well.
Whisk in the yogurt to the chocolate mixture until blended. Do not over mix it.
When it was time to ice the cupcakes, I used 1 tablespoon per cupcake. You will have leftover icing.
**You can try milk chocolate morsels if you would like a sweeter icing. I used semi-sweet because my husband isn’t a big chocolate eater. I however would have used the milk chocolate for a sweeter icing. 😉
Each cupcake INCLUDING the icing is only 128 calories!
If I had not replaced applesauce and yogurt for the oil in the cupcake mix, each cupcake NOT including icing would be 115 calories! Then, depending on the icing you would make or buy, your 1 cupcake could easily be around 180-200 calories.
Hope you enjoy and happy baking!