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Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Baking has never been this smooth and easy. These moist, velvety cupcakes are full of rich, cocoa flavor. On a lighter note, they have 30% fewer calories* and 67% less sugar* per serving than the full-sugar version. Makes 24 cupcakes.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Serving size

1 cupcake


230 Calories



  • 3 ½ cups cake flour

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • 1 cup applesauce**

  • 1 ⅛ cup Truvia® Cane Sugar Blend

  • 3 eggs***

  • ⅛ cup red food coloring****

  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 ½ tsp vinegar


****or 3 Tbsp beet powder


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 350° F.

  • 2.

    Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

  • 3.

    Combine oil, applesauce and Truvia® Cane Sugar Blend in a separate large mixing bowl. Blend in eggs. Carefully add red food coloring and vanilla extract while mixing at low speed.

  • 4.

    Combine the buttermilk and vinegar. Then add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk mixture to the oil mixture at a time and mix just until combined.

  • 5.

    Fill paper-lined or greased cups ¾ full with batter.

  • 6.

    Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean.

  • 7.

    Mix cream cheese and Truvia® Cane Sugar Blend at low speed for 1 minute. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another minute at low to medium speed or until creamy and smooth. Add 1 teaspoon of milk, if desired, for thinner spreading consistency

  • 8.

    Store in a sealed container.

*This cupcake has 230 calories, 13g fat and 11g of sugar per serving compared to a full-fat cupcake made with all sugar that has 330 calories, 22g fat and 34g of sugar per serving.

**This recipe replaces 1 cup of oil with 1 cup of applesauce to reduce the fat and calorie content.

***Please remember to wash hands, utensils, equipment, and work surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after they come in contact with raw egg.

Nutrition Per Serving

Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 420mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
Dietary FIber 2g
Total Sugars 11g
Erythritol 7g
Protein 7g
Vitamin D 0% DV
Calcium 8% DV
Iron 15% DV
Potassium 4% DV

Red Velvet Cupcakes is rated 1.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from cupcakes Ok,lousy recipe..BUT, the same can be accomplished by purchasing box mixes,use truvia in place of sugar,use just egg Whites, &a healthy butter substitute (marg,oil,applesauce). Mix up the 1%milk,lo calorie cream cheese,truvia,etc. for frosting!Turns out yummy every time!;-)
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tastes horrid. I followed the directions, with the exception of using all-purpose flour (vs. cake flour) and cherry juice (vs. red food coloring), and although they looked scrumptious...they tasted horrible.
Date published: 2014-01-20
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