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Low-Fat Cupcake Recipes (Chocolate, Vanilla, Lemon, Red Velvet)


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Fat Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then stir just until combined. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers or spray with nonstick zero-calorie spray, fill each cup 2/3 full with batter. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.

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Low Fat Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.


  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup white sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then stir just until combined. Line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers and divide batter evenly. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean.

Low Fat Lemon Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.


  • 1 3/4 cups white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup white sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/2 lemon, juice and zest of


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Whisk together applesauce, oil, and sugar. Add egg and beat well, then stir in lemon zest and juice. Alternately stir in flour mixture and sour cream in stages, then divide among 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean.

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Low Fat Red Velvet Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.


  • 1 3/4 cups white flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup white sugar or sugar substitute
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
  • 2 Tbsp red food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers. Mix together flour, cocoa, and salt and set aside. Whisk together oil, applesauce and sugar until well combined, then add egg substitute gradually, mixing well. Stir in food coloring and vanilla, then add fat-free buttermilk (to make your own see Low-Fat Cooking Tips) and flour alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Separately, mix vinegar and baking soda and allow to fizz, then fold in, stirring just until combined. Pour into cupcake papers and bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean.


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 14, 2016:

Great recipes. These cupcakes look amazingly delicious! Thanks for sharing this lens.

Shelita from New Orleans on November 08, 2013:

This is something I could definitely use. I love cake and cupcakes. So having a healthier alternative is just what I need!

Lyna on January 19, 2013:

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These cupcackes sound very delicious!

lyna on January 19, 2013:

what reciepe did you use to make the frosting?

bakingSense from Vaughan, Canada on December 13, 2012:

Those sound great! Do you have frosting recipes to go with those?

cupcake lover on May 01, 2012:

Hi thank you so much, just made half a batch of the chocolate and they were very good.

Do you know the carb count in these ? And do you know a good recipe for low-fat icing? Thanks again :)

Willow on April 27, 2012:

I calculated the nutritional info for the red velvet cupcakes so i thought I'd save some people's time by posting it, although I did substitute the vegetable oil with low fat butter it's still around the same (like 40 kcal and 2g of fat more). So it's 130 kcal and 4.4g of fat for one cupcake. Enjoy!

Annie on March 22, 2012:

Could I Please see the nutritional info???

DD on March 16, 2012:

The lemon one sounds good

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on March 11, 2012:

Nutritional info is coming soon!

Maribel on March 10, 2012:

What is the nutritional value of these cupcakes? Unless it's me, I don't see it :(

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on February 20, 2012:

These are on the spongier side, like most fat-free cupcakes.

caryn on February 18, 2012:

do these cupcakes have spongy texture or dense??

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on January 24, 2012:


Fat free cupcakes are a little spongier than their full-fat counterparts, but should definitely not be rubbery.

What kind of yogurt are you using? Different brands have different consistencies. It may also be that you are over-mixing the batter.

susan on January 22, 2012:

not sure what i did wrong but these chocolate cupcakes came out rubbery.flavor was ok ,maybe too much yogurt?

rebecca on January 13, 2012:

it is like tasteing happyness

nathan on November 30, 2011:

mmm sounds nice but im on a diet maybe 1 cake won't hurt :)

lewis on October 25, 2011:


Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on October 19, 2011:

Hi Delores,

I do have a recipe for carrot cake muffins. You'll find the link at the top of the page, just under the first photo. on October 14, 2011:

Love your recipes do u have one for carrot cake muffins.? Thanks much low fat

Lynn on September 14, 2011:

Does anyone know how much fat is in these cupcakes - i.e the choc and vanilla ones?? I need a recipe for a lady who has had her gallbladder removed and can only have 3g of fat per meal. Anyone help?? xx

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on September 08, 2011:

Kat, you can make the cupcakes lighter by beating your egg whites separately before folding them into the batter. Glad you enjoyed them, though!

Kat on August 10, 2011:

Made the chocolate ones today, quite tasty but a bit stodgy. Only 3 Weight Watchers points though!

Alex on May 22, 2011:

how many calories does this have??

WhitneyNZ from Christchurch, New Zealand on April 05, 2011:

These look delicious!

Naomi on March 19, 2011:

Just made some of the vanilla cupcakes, and they turned out great! I made a double batch and split it in half to make one half with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, with extra vanilla (Very good!!), and the other half I added 1tsp of lemon extract (on top of the vanilla) and then fresh cranberries. I used a vanilla flavoured yogurt instead of plain and you can really taste it! So good and tangy! I also only used 3/4c of sugar (per batch) instead of 1 cup, which was plenty. I would consider using only a 1/2 cup of sugar next time. Maybe using the vanilla yogurt made a difference. I made the lemon cranberry muffins with the vanilla cupcake recipe because I didn't have applesauce (which it calls for in the lemon cupcake recipe) but I did have yogurt.

Emma from Houston TX on March 19, 2011:

Educative and delicious hub,am really famished.

jenny on March 06, 2011:


Chrissy on March 05, 2011:

I just made the vanilla cupcakes. They are good-though DEFINITELY more like a MUFFIN than the typical cupcake. Not as much light and over sweetly fluffy, but a little more dense and less sweet. I kind of wish I had added blueberries before I made them because this would be the PERFECT blueberry muffin recipe.

nicolee404 on January 16, 2011:

definitely going to try these, i love sweets, that's why diets are so hard!

Anonamus on December 30, 2010:

Don't Complain Cocoa Powder Can Be Fat Free =]

Diane on December 18, 2010:

The chocolate cupcakes are not fat free - cocoa powder has fat.

FAK on December 18, 2010:

I will definitely try these recipes. Sounds great !

laura z!! on October 18, 2010:

woow!! these are amazing i made them for my student councel meating because im president and everyone loved them. i substituted fat free yogurt in the chocolate ones for fat free sour cream and it worked out great. they were a little spongy but i haven't had better FAT FREE cupcakes ever. the one with fat are bettr but these will do.

christina on October 08, 2010:

Just made the vanilla cupcake. It was extremely easy to make! It's just right, not too sweet. When combine with icing, they're just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

natalyn on August 29, 2010:

school wont let us have regular cup cakes so i looked up low fat cup cakes!!!!!

Annette on August 25, 2010:

Ok, I made the low fat vanilla ones and they turned out wonderful, just use cake flour instead of regular. I have tried several recipes and even tried making my own but this recipe turned out wonderful!

abigail on August 14, 2010:

anyone know if these actually work???

Leslie Jo Barra on July 02, 2010:

Look and sound delicious. I love making cupcakes and look forward to out trying out your low fat recipes.

LuLu on April 20, 2010:

I made these today but i am allergic to wheat so i used wheat free flour ! I don't usually like cakes but i mad them anyway they stuck to the paper cases and were a bit spongy and i used greek yogurt instead of plain yogurt ! I made icing with margarine but was too buttery but they were ok and the kids like them so yeah lol :)

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 17, 2010:

Sounds awesome!

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on April 08, 2010:

Hi Maddie,

These recipes sound great. I'm especially interested in trying the red velvet one. Thanks for sharing.

Julia on April 02, 2010:

I'm going to make cupcakes for Easter..but I'm worried to make lowfat ones because they don't always come out the best... can someone tell me how good these are and if I should just stick to the fattening recipes??

Mal on April 01, 2010:

wow those chocolate cupcakes look AMAZING!!! thanks for sharing!

Maureen on March 21, 2010:

I made the Chocolate cupcakes. They were great!! My kids and husband loved them too. With no icing they are 2 pts on Weight Watchers. I also used whole wheat flour to make them even healthier!!! Yummy!!!

phoebe on February 14, 2010:

well... it might be helpful if you did say how much fat was in them... like 19% or something

Gomet on January 26, 2010:

Great recipe there ...

I am to old to try fat free .. So ill stick to fat full and exercise later strategy....

Laura on November 22, 2009:

I made the lemon ones, except I used fat free yogurt instead of sour cream, and they were so good!

sweetblitz on September 02, 2009:

Sounds yummy - love to bake! and always like to find low fat recipes.

True Colours on August 27, 2009:


looks great i would love to try this

drawforjoy on August 27, 2009:

It looks delicious! I can't make such good recipes. I can only eat them.

baker on July 14, 2009:

sounds good

elizabeth on July 09, 2009:

cool perfect timing my aunts b- day is on saturday

No1beautytips on June 13, 2009:

wow i love cakes and this is low fat, even better

notorious_HAI on June 02, 2009:

I'm going to try this out. Sounds divine.

Kitten on May 31, 2009:

I just tried the Chocolate Cupcake recipe today. They are pretty good, but they were a little spongey, and they stuck to the cupcake paper. If it wasn't for that they'd be perfect. I paired them with sugar free chocolate icing made with Dream Whip, milk, vanilla, and chocolate pudding mix. Yum.

AndyBaker from UK on April 01, 2009:

Awesome - perfect timing.

I will try these and if they taste good will probably eat them all.

creatingwealth on February 14, 2008:

What I like most about your hub is that low fat and chocolate together. :)

Riggy from Beautiful southern California on February 13, 2008:

I am getting really hunry just looking at these cupcakes...nice job.

caspar from UK on February 12, 2008:

Mmmm I'm going to try those low fat chocolate cup cakes. They look delicious!

Adrienne Farricelli on February 10, 2008:

Wow, those cupcakes in your picture are so mouth watering! I will definitely try the recipe, thanks for sharing!

Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on February 02, 2008:

These sound delicious! Thanks for the recipes.

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