Sunday, February 05, 2006

Cupcake

I began planning Matheus’ birthday party (turning 4 on March 25!!) this past week, and since we started talking about cakes and other yummy goodies Matheus has been asking me to make cupcakes. Maybe it is because they are small and cute; but there is something about cupcakes that makes children (of all ages!) like them a lot! Matheus is not different and loves cupcakes, especially the ones frosted and with colored sprinkles on top.
The other day he did not want to eat much due to his cold, and the only thing he wanted was cupcake, so cupcake it was! (Yes, he did have a cupcake and some milk for diner… not healthy I know, but I was glad at least he ate something!)
I decided to try a new recipe, and it ended up being a great one. The recipe came from one of the first cookbooks I bought, which is (believe it or not) a low fat cookbook.
Ok, I know, cupcakes are not actually meant to be low fat, but these ones were, and they were delicious! Nice and soft cupcakes, not too sweet (I cut back a little on the sugar), and firm enough to be frosted. We loved them at home and they will definitely be my standard cupcake recipe from now on!
As for the frosting on our cupcakes, I actually used drained vanilla yogurt. I always do this and for me it is way better than any frosting (not a fan of frostings and icings here). The yogurt was firm and creamy, it iced the cupcake nicely and even hold up nicely the “kissables” (Hershey’s version of m&m) we used to decorate.
I really liked this recipe, Matheus was happy with his cupcake, and even ended up eating some healthy yogurt with it! Not bad, huh?!!

Ana







Cupcakes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar (I used ¾ cup)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 ¾ cups all-purposed flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup plain yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper cups.
Beat butter and sugar. Add oil, flour, salt, egg, egg white, and vanilla, and mix well
Stir baking powder, baking soda, and yogurt into the batter.
Pour batter into muffin cup, filling half-way. Bake 20 minutes, or until tops are golden.
Yield: 12 muffins
Recipe Adapted from “1000 Low fat Recipes” by Terry Blonder Golson

6 comments:

Brisa said...

I THINK I have that book, I have two of the serios "1000", that I've got from Costco, one is Low Fat and the other Vegetarian..But the are both downstairs..anyway..Gotta try the cupcake ( no frosting at all for me!!)..yours look great!!:))

I also like the pic of the squash..hmmmmm!!

Hope Matthew feels better soon. Happy week for all of you:))

Bri

Brisa said...

ok. sorry for the misspellings, I type bad when it's fast - I mean series and they are both..hehehe

Karen said...

I'll try your recipe someday, i like recipes that don't call for much butter.

Anonymous said...

Will definitely try that cupcake recipe. Too bad I didn't have all the ingredients since I am stuck inside because of the snow. Interesting to read how you use drained vanilla yogurt as frosting --- do you add ingredients to it???

Thanks.

Ana said...

Brisa, that book is nice, I have made a few recipes from there and always like it! I am definitely goingo to look for the vegetarian one now that you mentioned it!!

Hi Karen! Try it, it is very good, we all liked it here!

Anonymous: Do try it, it is quite good! I really liked the texture on this one! About the frosting, if I don't have vanilla yogurt I will just drain plain (whole milk) yogurt and add sugar and vanilla to it!

Ana said...

Brisa, that book is nice, I have made a few recipes from there and always like it! I am definitely goingo to look for the vegetarian one now that you mentioned it!!

Hi Karen! Try it, it is very good, we all liked it here!

Anonymous: Do try it, it is quite good! I really liked the texture on this one! About the frosting, if I don't have vanilla yogurt I will just drain plain (whole milk) yogurt and add sugar and vanilla to it!