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Recipe: Devil's food cupcakes with almond-mocha topping on raspberry sauce

Posted September 4, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014

Editor's Note: As I shared earlier this week, we will be featuring recipes from the American Heart Association as part of its challenge to families to live healthier

Today, the group shares this recipe for a healthier version of this tasty treat! 

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Almond-Mocha Topping on Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients

Cooking spray

Cupcakes

1 18.25-ounce box devil’s food cake mix
1 2.5-ounce jar baby food pureed prunes
1 cup strong coffee, or 1 cup water plus 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
3 large egg whites
2 tablespoons canola or corn oil

Sauce

2 12-ounce packages frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons water
8 ounces frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed in refrigerator
2/3 cup sliced almonds, dry-roasted

Preheat the oven to 325°F, or as directed on the package. Lightly spray two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the cupcakes - the cake mix, prunes, coffee, egg whites and oil. Follow the package directions for beating the batter and baking and cooling the cupcakes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, stir together the raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Stir in the vanilla.

In a medium bowl, stir together the coffee granules and water until the coffee is dissolved. Fold in the whipped topping until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

For each serving, spread 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons raspberry sauce on a dessert plate, top with a cupcake, spoon 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons whipped topping mixture over the cupcake, and sprinkle with about 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds.

Cook’s Tip: When shopping for cake mix, read the Nutrition Facts labels and choose a product with 0 grams of trans fat. You can refrigerate any leftovers from this recipe for up to 48 hours or freeze them for later use. Keep the cupcakes, the sauce, and the whipped topping in separate airtight containers.

NUTRITION ANALYSIS (per serving)

Serves 24; 1 cupcake, 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sauce, and 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons topping per serving

Calories 173
Total Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 198 mg
Carbohydrates 31 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 18 g
Protein 2 g
Dietary Exchanges: 2 carbohydrate, 1 fat

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  • snowl Sep 9, 2014

    Killian, You have a point, but I think that this recipe is for those who want LESS FAT and a quick way to make a special dessert. I can make a cake from scratch, but not everyone is a baker.
    Also, who eats a dozen cupcakes all by themselves? LOL :)

  • Killian Sep 7, 2014

    Seriously? In a "challenge to live healthier", you advocate a recipe that uses a boxed cake mix, loaded with chemicals and preservatives, and non-dairy whipped topping, which is worse?

    Tossing together the dry ingredients for a cake mix takes seconds. Whipping real cream takes a few minutes.

    Why not encourage people to eat real food when they want to indulge in desserts? This processed junk does nothing for people's health.