How to Make Cupcakes Healthy{er}

Have you ever wondered how to make cupcakes healthier?

So far, I haven’t been so adventurous in baking from scratch, so I took a regular box of cake and made a plan to taste test a few healthy{er} variations.

Notice I said make a plan – I’ll share my inner nerd with you.  You can see I’ve outlined each possible way to make the cupcakes healthy{er} as well as a color coded way to keep track of who’s who.


I’ve read several times that you can swap applesauce for eggs or oil (which one is it? I get confused).  Turns out applesauce can stand in for eggs or oil and some bakers say to leave out the oil completely.

Ultimately, I made 3 sets of cupcakes.

  1. Regular – eggs and oil
  2. No Oil – eggs only
  3. Sub Oil – eggs and applesauce (1 to 1 ratio)

The Ingredients:

Don’t these packages looks beautiful?  After reviewing the ingredients list that’s full of artificial “things”, I feel certain that I will try my hand at baking from scratch.  The Easy Frost was very delicious – think cheese whiz can of frosting.  Danger!   Again, it has a huge ingredient list, so I’ll attempt my own frosting next time.  It’s interesting how over time, I pay attention to labels like I never have before.


The Experiment:

I chose to make 3 recipes because the original recipe called for 3 eggs.  I did NOT want to attempt to mix 1.5 or .75 eggs!  I separated the mix very scientifically into 3 juice glasses.  I mixed the batter according to my plan and added a couple drops of food coloring to each batch.

As careful as I was to plan the ingredients and colors, I neglected to decrease the mixing time!  The cupcakes were a little more dense than usual, but still good!  Remember when you’re splitting recipes that you have to consider mixing and cooking times.


The Taste Test:

The cupcakes turned out so pretty!


The results:

  1. Regular (purple) – eggs and oil – The usual YUM
  2. No Oil (orange) – eggs only – Ok, but a little crunchy
  3. Sub Oil (green) – eggs and applesauce (1 to 1 ratio) – Yum and moist

I definitely recommend swapping oil for applesauce.  You’ll save at least 500 fat calories for the batch as well as add a little fruit.

The To-Go Box:

Isn’t this the cutest cupcake carrier? The yummy beauties are packed safely for the birthday party!

cupcake-carrier-display cupcake-cupcake-carrier-cute

It’s easy to make small substitutions to make your food healthier. What healthy substitutions have you tried?

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