Carrot Pumpkin Cupcakes w/Whipped Frosting

by DanicasDaily on October 29, 2009

I LOVE Carrot Cake and PUMPKIN Muffins, but, I think even more, I LOVE WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING.  This recipe combines all of the above and puts them together in a healthy fashion!  You save on calories and fat by replacing the oil and eggs in the cake recipe with a can of pumpkin so you can indulge a little with REAL frosting~ YUM!

This is one of my favorite Weight Watcher Recipe go-to methods and you all might remember a little about this in Kristi’s guest post.  You can use pumpkin in ANY cake mix to replace the fats.  In this mix the pumpkin enhances the flavor and with chocolate cake, you don’t even taste the pumpkin!

Carrot Pumpkin Cupcakes w/Whipped Frosting

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Box Carrot Cake Mix

1 15 oz canned Pumpkin

1/2 c water

** Optional: Add in raisins, chopped walnuts and/or 1 c shredded carrots with an additional 1/2 c water or possibly 1/2 c mini chocolate chips to add to the flavor of these E-Z cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees or according to your box directions.

2.  Combine cake mix, pumpkin and water.  Beat for 2 minutes.

3.  Line 2 muffin pans with liners and fill each cup about 1/2-2/3 full.

4.  Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the cupcakes are cooked through and spring back to touch.

5.  Allow to cool and frost.

** Frost with Homemade Whipped Cream, your favorite frosting or enjoy plain.

Makes 24 cupcakes, 2 Weight Watcher Points Each

Here is everything you need to make the Carrot Pumpkin Cupcakes.  Sugars added for decoration :)

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They fluff up BIG in the oven and are super moist when eaten.

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WHIPPED FROSTING

1/2 pint Heavy Whipping Cream (sometimes you just have to!)

3 Tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Beat whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until fluffy ~ about 1-2 minutes.  Do NOT overbeat or you will end up with cream cheese.

1 Tbsp = 1.5 Weight Watcher points.

** Since you saved a little on the cake mix (omitting the oil, eggs, etc), you can indulge a little in REAL whipped frosting.  However, if you choose, you can use Fat Free Cool Whip for 0 Weight Watcher Points.

Frost, decorate & enjoy.  I left a few not frosted for those who do not like frosting.

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LOVE these fun pumpkin cupcake holders.

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Happy Almost Halloween all!  Enjoy these as a healthy treat!

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