The Birthday Girl Indulges with a Healthy Cupcake

Nothing wrong with making yourself a cupcake the night before your birthday, right?  Didn’t think so.

Before I left work last night, I was on a mission:  find a healthy, more or less guilt-free, cupcake.

Success!

First, I got my butt to the gym where I squeezed in a little cardio and worked on my reading assignment for yoga.  Then, I got down and dirty in the kitchen:

Cupcake for One

(aka the Single Lady Cupcake with Reeses Pieces Fudge Frosting from Chocolate Covered Katie)

It’s vegan, it’s single serving, it’s healthy…you can’t go wrong with this one!

My tweaks on the cupcake:

  • I went with all-purpose flour (I couldn’t find spelt or whole wheat pastry, oh well)
  • Applesauce all the way – no oil needed; if you don’t mind a more dense cupcake, this is the way to go
  • Water, no milk of any kind
  • 1 packet of Splenda
  • Added a dash of cinnamon
  • Baking method:  ramekin

My tweaks on the frosting:

  • Nut butter of choice:  almond
  • I used 4 tsp of agave - if you like it really sweet, I recommend using more
  • Milk of choice:  unsweetened almond
  • I included the “optional” handful of chocolate chips, and ate about three handfuls in the process; so much for self-control

naked cupcake!

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the frosting

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healthy birthday cupcake

The result:  Not only was it good, it gave me my birthday cupcake fix.  Next time I’d be happy with less frosting, or possibly no frosting at all – the nut butter-ness overtook the taste of the cake, in my opinion.  If you know me, then you know I’m not the hugest nut butter fan and I’ve always been more of a more cake/less frosting girl.  But, that’s just me.  The boyfriend approved.

Aren’t birthdays the best?!

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