- Calories: 70
- Protein: 1g
- Total Fat: 1.5g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 13g
- Dietary Fiber: 1g
- Total Sugar: 8g
- Natural Sugar: 0g
- Added Sugar: 8g
- Sodium: 110mg
Talk about temptation—chocolate cupcake are yummy! But a bakery version can start at 300 calories and go up from there. While store-bought cupcakes are a little better, they still pack about 200 calories and 6 teaspoons of sugar.
This mini treat, on the other hand, is a bargain with just 70 calories. The secret ingredient: Black beans, which take the place of the oil and eggs in the cake mix. Shh! If you don’t tell, no one will ever know.
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- One 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 box chocolate fudge or dark chocolate cake mix
- 1 ripe avocado
- ⅛ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
- Cocoa powder (optional)
To make the mini cupcakes: preheat the oven to 350°.
Liberally coat mini cupcake tin(s) with nonstick oil spray. (Alternatively, you can use cupcake liners.)
Puree the beans in a food processor or blender with 1 cup water until well blended. In a separate bowl, combine the cake mix with the pureed beans and mix well.
Spoon batter into the tins, filling the cups about ¾ of the way to the top. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
You can easily freeze any un-iced mini cakes, wrapped well, for up to 3 months. Defrost whenever you’re craving something sweet.
To make the frosting: cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the meat.
Combine the avocado meat with the lemon juice, vanilla, and cream of tartar in a food processor or with a hand mixer. Mix until smooth, then add the confectioners’ sugar, and mix well.
Top each mini cupcake with about 1 teaspoon of frosting. Or for a stiffer consistency, place the frosting in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before using it. For pretty presentation, garnish each mini with a dash of cocoa powder on top, if desired.
Makes 46 mini cupcakes and 1 cup frosting