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Low Calorie Vanilla Cupcakes - Curtis Stone's Biggest Loser Cupcake Recipe

Updated on March 15, 2011

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With a sweet tooth the size of Mount Everest, I'm always on the lookout for low-calorie or low-fat desserts that are substantial enough to satisfy my sweet craving but not so substantial that they leave an impression on my hips. An avid fan and viewer of The Biggest Loser, I was very excited to see Curtis Stone on Tuesday's episode featuring his very own '100 calorie cupcake' recipe. This low-calorie cupcake with raspberry cream cheese icing looked very light but also extremely delicious and I just had to have the recipe. Although I haven't tried them yet, I will definitely be picking up the ingredients to give this low-calorie sweet treat a try!

The low-calorie cupcakes featured on the show were said to be only 100 calorie cupcakes, but the nutritional information for the recipe below shows them as only being a mere 60 calories. That's great; it means I can eat two and not feel guilty! However, the recipe yields about 14 cupcakes and I've never seen a home kitchen muffin pan with more than 12 cups, so to avoid having to bake a batch of only two cupcakes, make them a little larger and only make one batch of twelve. The adjusted calorie count would make each cupcake 70 calories; still not bad for a decent-sized dessert.

Curtis Stone's '100' Calorie Cupcakes
Curtis Stone's '100' Calorie Cupcakes | Source

Low Calorie Cupcake Icing

The recipe above features the ingredients for a banana frosting and the ones on the show had a raspberry frosting (substitute 1 cup of raspberries for the banana) but you can easily substitute just about any other kind of fruit. While both icings sound delicious, I think I will try adding a touch of Splenda to sweeten them up a bit.

To add a tropical twist to your cupcakes, puree some pineapple to mix with the cream cheese and garnish with toasted coconut.


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      Kimberly 3 years ago

      I know this is an old post, but I made these tonight before reading any of the comments. The "cupcakes" tasted like eggs. The first bowl I used to beat my eggs was a little too small. I forgot how much eggs expand when you beat them. I stopped beating after about 3 min. I definitely had peaks but they were pretty soft. When I finished, my batter seamed pretty thin so its possible that is why my cupcakes tasted like eggs. Also, though they rose in the oven well, when I took them out they appeared to flatten a bit. I kind of assumed this was because of my softer peaks but maybe it wasn't. I doubt I will make these ever again.

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      Kristen 3 years ago

      Funny that many comments are against these cupcakes but I made them and they are not as sweet as regular cupcakes but I thought these were pretty tasty. They do shrink a good amount in the oven. I added a bit of honey to the frosting to add some sweetness. These to me were a good sub for the more calorie ridding cupcakes. Maybe it is about different tastes.

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      Megan 4 years ago

      I made these tonight and they turned out good. My fiancé even liked them.

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      Holly 4 years ago

      I know this is an old post but I just made these and they came out fine, I used self raising flour though so maybe try that :) I also added a teaspoon of brown sugar, they were abit plain so gonna add some lemon next time! Very good recipe the best healthy cupcake recipe I have tried!

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      Kara 5 years ago

      Why did I not read the reviews? These are terrible. The worst part is my boyfriend has been begging me to make them. He is going to be so disappointed. I guess I will use all this raspberry cream cheese on some whole grain toast and throw this recipe out. Bleck.

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      Lozzie 6 years ago

      They were freaking disgusting!!!!! DON'T MAKE THEM! I probably should have read the reviews before I did. :/

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      LuVmarg 6 years ago

      I'm surprised this recipe got bad reviews, because they came out perfectly for me!! I made a couple changes though--- i actually used all purpose flour in place of whole wheat (it was the only flour i had), and used blueberry greek yogurt for more flavor.

      As for the frosting, I used bluberries instead of banana, and sweetened it with four splenda packets. worked out very well :)

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      Simply Redd 7 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad they worked for you! I was a bit hesitant to try them after the others' results. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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      MooNayNay 7 years ago

      Okay, so in these cupcake's defense...

      I made them! They were GOOD.

      Granted, I didn't use the frosting recipe they provided.

      But the cakes themselves worked perfectly for me.

      They were moist, and soft, and baked completely through.

      I don't know why they didn't work for anyone else,

      because they worked for me.

      The way I made them caused them to be somewhere around 120 calories, but that's with a heaping amount of frosting. If you just spread the frosting on with a knife, it'd be around 90 calories. Also, mine had an almond stuck on the top. (:

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      freakymar5 7 years ago

      i am no stranger to low-fat, low-cal cooking, and usually things turn out great. i haven't found a recipe i didn't like (or that straight up didn't WORK!) on, but these were fing terrible! if i wanted a wheat bagel with raspberry cream cheese...i would just go to the store and purchase one! these are not sweet, not cupcakes, and i am pissed that i wasted 10 egg whites trying to figure out wtf was wrong with this recipe.

      do not try these at home. fail!

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      Dawn 7 years ago

      I was so excited to try these...I'd heard they were awful but tried them anyway. A waste of an hour and all the ingredients! I'm throwing them in the trash! I did make the frosting (raspberry) tasty by adding 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Now I'll have to make regular cupcakes to put it on though. I'm all for healthier versions but not when it tastes so bad it's a waste of even 70 calories!

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      goldie lox 7 years ago

      made these today and they were nasty! not worth the time, money or 100 calories...not sure why everyone on the show liked them.. I was bummed because I was looking forward to a little treat! don't bother making them!

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      Simply Redd 7 years ago from Canada

      I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't tried them yet, but I think I still will. The ones on the show looked really good. Although perhaps they purposely made them look good?

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      Zoe 7 years ago

      I tried making these and they aren't good. They didn't cook through but were burnt on the bottom. They didn't rise at all and tasted like mushy pancakes.

      I followed the recipe exactly. We threw away the batch.

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      Simply Redd 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you! :)

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      great hub and great picture.